Nepal and Ecuador: Earthquake Updates

Posted by Teresa On Friday, June 03, 2016

Since the April 25, 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Heifer Nepal has been helping more than 31,000 families recover and rebuild. Help was provided in many forms. Self-help groups and cooperatives that make up Heifer Nepal help distribute interest free loans to rebuild homes and animal shelters, replace lost livestock, feed, seeds, and tools.

Watch a video report of their progress.

Thank you again to all the talented storytellers and generous audience for coming together to raise funds to support Heifer Nepal’s recovery. Your donations helped Heifer distribute $2.5 million in loans to communities that experienced the most significant damage. This revolving fund takes loan repayments and keeps it in the community. 

Here's an infographic of some Nepal earthquake statistics.


Ecuador experienced 2 large earthquakes (6.7 and 6.8) on April 16, 2016. The epicenter of the quakes was located 16 miles from Muisne, in the province of Esmeraldas, where Heifer Ecuador is working to restore the endangered mangroves and help fishing families tap new sources of income as their catches dwindle. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the village of Santa Rosa was razed and the entire population of Musine had to be evacuated.
Heifer has been working with other relief organizations to address and support the immediate survival needs of the population. Once those needs are met, Heifer Ecuador will help affected project families rebuild their homes and economies.

Help also came from inside the country. Participants in the Andes who were unaffected by the earthquake and concerned about those who were. Although some of the families still struggle on a low income, they were inspired to donate what relief items they could, including food staples, toothpaste and toilet paper. 

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