On Saturday, Ecuador was hit by a 7.8 magnitude quake on the Pacific coastline. The quake left over 350 people dead and 2,000 injured.

Organizations around the world have sprung into action, providing disaster relief to people who have been injured or left homeless due to the quake. Here are five ways the global community is working to meet the needs of those impacted by the natural disaster.

  1. Unicef is working to provide clean water and supplies to people as well as looking after children who have been separated from their families. Unicef delivered 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales, the city that suffered the most damage from the earthquake.
  2. 800 volunteers from the Ecuadorian Red Cross have been sent to coastal cities on search and rescue missions. The volunteers are providing mental health support as well responding to the need for maternal and obstetric care.
  3. CARE is sending volunteers and tools to help the Ecuadorian Red Cross.
  4. Oxfam is sending water and hygiene kits to people who have been left homeless due to the quakes.
  5. Global Shapers, a group of young adults in Ecuador, have created a fund to help provide emergency items such as blankets, food, and clean clothing. The group has raised $50,000 in donations.

These organizations are also excepting donations to help in their efforts.

Jowelle M. is a college student interested in sociology, political science, and Spanish. Aside from academics, Jowelle enjoys blogging, reading, music, and spending time with family. She is happiest when she is working with others to improve the community.