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Ecuador earthquake leaves 120,000 children temporarily out of school - UNICEF

Number of children affected by earthquake reaches 250,000

NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, Ecuador, 26 April 2016 – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.  
 
“Education is a lifeline for children going through the trauma of chaos and destruction,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador. “It helps give them a daily routine and a sense of purpose and puts them on track for psychological recovery.”
 
UNICEF is supporting the government's efforts to get children back to learning, particularly in the worst affected areas of Muisne, Pedernales, Jama, and some parts of Portoviejo, Manta and Chone. UNICEF will install 50 temporary learning spaces for 20,000 children and distribute 700 school in a box kits with school supplies to benefit 60,000 children.
 
While aid and government agencies are still assessing the full extent of the damage, initial estimates indicate that nearly 2,000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed and some 30,000 people are staying in shelters. Fear of aftershocks is pushing people to sleep outdoors, exposed to the heavy rains which are common during this season.
 
UNICEF and its humanitarian partners need $23 million to respond to children’s immediate needs in water, sanitation, education, child protection, health and nutrition over the next three months.
 
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For further information, please contact:
Andrea Apolo, UNICEF Ecuador, +593 99 487 5334, aapolo@unicef.org
Marisol Quintero, UNICEF Panama (on mission in Ecuador), +507 6569 2718, mquintero@unicef.org 
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, + 1917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org
Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF Geneva, +41- 799-639-244, cboulierac@unicef.org


 

 

 

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