From the Earthquake in Ecuador to the Cyclone in Fiji, when you donate to UNICEF we promise that your support will reach the children who need it most

Ecuador Earthquake 2016 Global Update:

QUITO/PANAMA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 April 2016 - UNICEF delivered today 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales, the area worst affected by the earthquake that hit Ecuador last night. A UNICEF team is on the ground assessing the impact of the quake on children.

At least 246 people have died so far and more than 2,500 people have been injured. The damage is heaviest in Pedernales, Chone, Muisne, Bahía de Caráquez, Manta, Portoviejo, Esmeraldas and Guayaquil, spurring the Government to declare a state of emergency.

UNICEF will continue to work with humanitarian partners to provide education, protection and water and sanitation supplies, including school kits and tents. Urgent priorities include preventing the spread of diseases, protecting children who may get separated from their families, providing affected children with psychosocial support and offering them temporary learning opportunities.


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

When you donate to where the need is greatest, you help UNICEF to be there for children who are in the greatest need every time, wherever that may be. By building up a steady pool of flexible resources, UNICEF is also able to respond quickly and effectively if and when an emergency strikes, heading straight to the source to offer immediate relief in the hours and days following a crisis.

Your donation to where the need is greatest will also allow UNICEF to invest in long-term development programs that support the world’s most vulnerable children and their communities, meaning the difference between a life of poverty and one of opportunity.

Donate today to where the need is greatest, and help UNICEF to be prepared to act in any situation to give every child an equal chance to survive and thrive.

Your support is at the heart of our work to achieve concrete results for children.

Because UNICEF is wholly funded by voluntary contributions, our ability to provide millions of children with life-saving vaccines, mosquito nets, and nutrition support; safe drinking water and basic sanitation; education; and protection from exploitation and abuse fully depends on the generosity and commitment of our donors all over the world – donors like you.

We know how much your donations mean to the children left behind in the march of progress: Their futures, and the futures of their societies, depend on your support.

Page last updated: 19 Apr 2016 6:55am
Open Lightbox