On April 16, 2016 a magnitude 7.8 quake in the country last year caused widespread devastation. At least 676 people died and further 16,600 people were injured in the disaster. Bahia de Caraquez was particularly badly hit with swathes of homes collapsing. A number of other tremors have also struck the earthquake-prone region in recent weeks.
One week after the disaster, Blossomwood Foundation brought three pieces of luggage filled with 140 various brands of water filters, 60 menstrual cups, LED flashlights, various medicines, and countless medical and hygiene supplies.
Our local partner was YMCA of Ecuador.
While on the ground, we were able to purchase hundreds of pounds of food, 120 liters of cooking palm oil, hundreds of primary necessities such as candles, matches, soap, shampoo, toothpaste/brushes, shaving razors and much more.
Over 1,000 baby diapers were provided, and we also provided several hundreds adult diapers for 120 abandoned seniors, last night before our departure back home.