The Government of Japan has pledged US$ 550,000 for Emergency Response to the Earthquake in Ecuador

Quito, 21 June, 2016

UNICEF Ecuador
2016年6月21日
A girl helping her mother to wash clothes
UNICEF/ECU/2016/Arcos
A girl helping her mother to wash clothes

 

Quito, 21 June, 2016 – The Government of Japan has pledged US$ 550,000 to UNICEF to assist children and families affected by the powerful earthquake in Ecuador.

On 16 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal areas in northwest Ecuador affecting 720,000 people, of whom 250,000 are children. In coordination with Government and humanitarian partners, UNICEF leads national WASH cluster.

 

A girl standing next to the water tank
UNICEF/ECU/2016/Arcos
A girl standing next to the water tank

 

The contribution from the Government of Japan, will support UNICEF to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hand washing facilities for 50 damaged schools and health centers in the severely affected rural areas. Most of them are small infrastructures, and are placed in inaccessible rural area, where most vulnerable population lives, and where the main humanitarian aid is not arriving. Therefore, the contribution from the Government of Japan will include also support to the 5,600 damaged and vulnerable community members by improving the access to safe water and sanitation facilities within the affected population. Out of these, about 670 will be children under 5, and 1680 will be children between the age of 5 and 17. The main activities related to health center are focused on repairing the water system, mainly simple supply design with tanks reservoirs. Other activities include development and implementation of communication campaign to raise awareness on hand-washing practice.

UNICEF Representative in Ecuador Grant Leaity says "We greatly appreciate the support received from the Government of Japan for UNICEF's response for children and women in need. This support will be received with deep gratitude by the people in Ecuador."

 


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