Earthquake Relief Project
After the devastating earthquake in Ecuador, Missionary Groups of the Home of the Mother is coming together to organize an Earthquake Relief Project. There is an urgent need to attend to the most immediate and basic needs of hundreds of families who had lost nearly everything in the flooding that struck the area in the days leading up to the earthquake, and now as a result of the earthquake have been left completely stranded. Many of them live in rural areas where government aid takes a long time to arrive. The situation is serious because they are already suffering from hunger.
Although volunteers of the Home of the Mother are already bringing food to different families, more aid will be necessary—not only in terms of food and clothing, but also mattresses and blankets, medicine, payment of medical bills in a country without social security, aid for rebuilding homes, our school, etc.
The Missionary Groups of the Home of the Mother have the contact information for the poorest families in the area, as well as personal contact with parish pastors, religious, and catechists who are well acquainted with the local communities. All this allows us to reach those most in need.
According to official sources, there were 745 victims of the earthquake between the deceased and missing, although we have reason to think that the death toll is even higher. Most of the victims were from the provinces of Manta (217), Pedernales (173) and Portoviejo (148).
Click here to read more about what MGHM is doing to help those affected by the earthquake.
Pictures taken after the earthquake: