Ecuador Earthquake: What You Can Do

On Saturday night, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the central coast of Ecuador causing devastating damage. According to news sources, an estimated 350 people have died and at least 2,527 people have been injured. These numbers are expected to rise as rescuers continue to search through rubble.

Ecuador Earthquake, What You Can Do

The government, military and local responders are mobilizing. They’re taking care of the needs of the communities and people affected by setting up shelters, mobile hospitals and donations centers.

The Compassion Ecuador staff and the staff of our local church partners are also mobilizing to assess the needs of the children, families and communities we serve. There are more than 70,000 Ecuadorian children in our programs in partnership with over 240 churches throughout the country. Over 13,000 of those children live within a 30-mile radius of the epicenter – in towns like Porto Viejo and Manta, within the Manabí Province.

Ecuador Earthquake What You Can Do

The tremor disrupted communications throughout a large section of Ecuador as well as damaged roads and infrastructure, making it difficult to gauge total impacts to the region. Church staff are assessing damage and going door to door to check on the families of the children.

“In situations like these, our first responders are often victims themselves,” says Herb Ehresman, Compassion’s director of complementary interventions. “While they are trying to grapple with their own shock and recovery, they are also assisting the families of sponsored children in their churches. Early in our assessment, we believe several of our sponsored children either lost their homes or their homes suffered damage due to the quake. Four of our church partners suffered damage and are temporarily closed. Several churches lost their water towers.”

We have not yet received specific information regarding the children or their family members who have been impacted because the damage is still being assessed. Rest assured that if the child you sponsor has been affected, we will contact you directly regarding their safety and well being as soon as more information becomes available.

Ecuador Earthquake, What You Can Do

As we await word on the specifics of the damage and those affected, here are two ways, as our friend and supporter, that you can partner with us in our efforts to address the Ecuador Earthquake:

Pray With Us and For Us

Pray for the local officials and government, that their efforts at relief and rebuilding will be swift and fruitful. Pray for effective mobilization of resources and volunteers.

Pray for the victims and families of the deceased, that God will provide them with quick recoveries and comfort in their grief.

Pray for miraculous stories of survival as people are pulled from the rubble and the endurance of those carrying out rescue efforts.

Pray for the Compassion Ecuador staff and our local church partners as they assess the needs of the children and their families.

Pray for the children in our program and their families, that the “God who sees” will provide safety and be with them through this tragedy.

Ecuador Earthquake, What You Can Do

Partner With our Disaster Relief Efforts

Our initial efforts will include emergency assistance to the children and their families who may need access to clean water, food or emergency shelter. You can make a donation to help with our earthquake relief efforts.

Funds raised beyond the need in Ecuador will be used to help Compassion children and families who are victims of other disasters around the world.

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  1. david klein September 14, 2016

    I have been trying to get information on my Ecuadorian sponsor child,Nayeli Dayirkia Muñoz Cevallos(Child ID: EC3781031) with no luck. I am pretty sure she was affected by the earthquake and would very much like to know that she and her family are OK. Can you please help?

    Thank you.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah September 15, 2016

      Hi David. I am so sorry you haven’t been able to find out whether your sweet girl, Nayeli, was affected by the earthquake in Ecuador or not :(. It does look like you chatted with one of our representatives yesterday and were able to find out that her family lost some household items (usually clothing, furniture, food, etc), but their home was not damaged and they were not injured. Praise the Lord for his protection over them! If you would like to help the family while they recover from the earthquake, you are able to send a family gift to them between $25 and $1,000. Please know that their church is also surrounding them and helping to care for their needs during this time of recovery. Please continue to pray for Nayeli’s community!

  2. Kevin August 21, 2016

    Hi I’m wondering if you can provide an update on Erick Johan Pilligua Peñafiel (EC3970502) at the Ciudad de Belen Student Center in Portoviejo. Thank you.

    1. Christina Wilson
      Christina Wilson August 22, 2016

      Kevin, I’m so sorry that you haven’t heard from Erick recently. I can definitely understand any worry or concern you have for him considering the recent natural disaster that happened near him. The information that we have from the field office in Ecuador says that his family is safe and healthy. They are staying at their home because their home was not impacted. They also did not lose any personal effects. However, they did lose some income generating items in the earthquake. Currently the student center is running their program as normal. It may have taken them a while to get all of the program activities up and running again, so you may see a delay in receiving letters from him. We have also recently updated our letter writing process which is causing some delays. Please rest assured that more letters will come. If you have not heard from him by the end of October, please let us know. Thank you so much for all the love and support you give to Erick. I’m sure Erick and his family are so grateful to have you as their sponsor during this time of need. God bless you. -Christina

  3. Sandy Adams August 9, 2016

    Would you please tell me if you know anything about Jhon Jairo Vera Pazmino? I’ve inquired a couple of times and was told “no news was available” but hopefully by now, we can know if he and his family are ok. He is in the El Salvador Student Center and the reference number is EC-566-0156. Thank you!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler August 10, 2016

      Sandy, I appreciate you asking as it indicates that you love and care for Jhon and his family. We can now confirm that Jhon, his family, and his center were not affected by the earthquake.

      1. Sandy August 10, 2016

        Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are so relieved to know he and his family are ok.

  4. david klein August 6, 2016

    Can you tell me any current information for Nayeli Dayirkia Muñoz Cevallos (EC3781031)? I recall learning that she and her family were okay but may have lost their home/posessions. We did donate but is there a way to and should we try to funnel funds directly to them? I feel so bad that I have not inquired earlier but health issues have prevented my doing many desired activities. Thanks for any help you can give.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler August 8, 2016

      David, I appreciate you asking! It shows that you care very much for precious Nayeli! I hope that your health issues have subsided and that you are back to full health and healing now. Nayeli and her family were unaffected by the earthquake. However, her student center was temporarily closed because it was destroyed. You are welcome to send a family gift directly to her family of $25 to $1000 per year. You can also send a student center gift of $100 to $2000 per year. To send a gift, please log into your My Account and click on “Additional Giving” or by calling 800-336-7676. Center gifts can only be made over the phone.

  5. Beth Klees August 5, 2016

    Thank you for the work you are doing! Like Lynn, I have not received any specific information on the child I sponsor, Segundo Efrain Rodriguez Micolta (EC5940379), since the earthquake. I have been praying for Segundo and his family but would like to know more about their current situation. I am scheduled to volunteer at a Compassion event, and, should someone ask, I would like to be able to tell them how he is doing since the earthquake. Thank you for your help with this.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler August 5, 2016

      Hi Beth! Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for Segundo! It looks like you called this morning and we were able to share the information we had. Please email socialmedia@compassion.com if you have any further questions or concerns and we would be happy to give you more specific information about your child that way. Again, thank you so much for loving and supporting Segundo and for helping other children find loving sponsors by volunteering at events!

  6. Lynn Bennett June 11, 2016

    Hello, I am the sponsor for (EC5920006), Wilson Ivan Tenorio Cortez. He lives in Esmeraldas, and I have been very concerned about the well-being of him and his family after the earthquake. I did call Compassion some time ago, and they did not have any information. I stumbled upon this blog just now, and see that you seem to have individualized information, so I am hoping that you would have an update for me.
    Thank you,
    Lynn Bennett

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan June 13, 2016

      Hi Lynn! Thank you so much for your concern for Wilson. I know how worried you must have been and we appreciate your prayers over these last several weeks. Regrettably, Wilson’s center is temporarily closed due to significant damage. However, Wilson is safe, praise God! He and his family were not affected. Currently, we are working with the affected children and their families to provide for their immediate needs and have been able to distribute survival kits. Compassion will continue to work with these children in the coming months to assist them with emotional and psychological recovery and will be assisting the affected projects with needed repairs or reconstruction of their buildings.

      1. Lynn Bennett June 14, 2016

        Thank you, Emily! I am so grateful for the information, and so greatly relieved, yet saddened that the center sustained damage. Praise God that Ivan (Wilson) and his family were “unaffected”! Thank you for your response.
        Lynn

  7. Kelly Albertson May 24, 2016

    I have tried contacting Compassion directly with no response, so I’m hoping you can help us since so many other inquiries have been answered here. One of our kids is with the Plenitud de Dios center and we’re wondering if that center is in the affected area. Many thanks and blessings!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 25, 2016

      Kelly, I am so sorry you did not receive a response from us! I’m not sure exactly how you tried to contact us, but we are available by phone Monday through Friday 7AM to 5:30PM Mountain Time at 800-336-7676, you are also welcome to email us through the Contact Us section of http://www.compassion.com or ciinfo@compassion.com and we will respond within 48 hours (currently we are caught up to emails a 1-2 hours ago). You can post here or on the community support page at support.compassion.com and we will respond within 24 hours. Generally, if you do not hear within these time frames, we did not receive your request and it is a good idea to reach out again. We are absolutely happy to help and didn’t mean to ignore you! I am happy to report that as of the most recent update from Ecuador, neither Richard nor his center has been affected by the earthquake.

  8. Nancy Oliver May 23, 2016

    Please let me know if you have any news on my Compassion child,
    Cristian Alexander Pilataxi Guaman. I am so concerned about my child. Thank you.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 23, 2016

      Nancy, I appreciate your care and concern for your child. As of the most recent update, Cristian and his center were unaffected by the earthquake.

  9. James Hutzel May 23, 2016

    I support Jhon Godoy (EC5940050) in Esmeraldas. Can you confirm he and his family are ok? Also, is it possible to visit this area in July? Or is the aftermath of the earthquake limiting travel to the region? Thanks. – James

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 23, 2016

      James, I appreciate your care and concern for your child. As of the most recent update from Ecuador, Jhon was unaffected by the earthquake. Last I had heard from our visits team, they are not planning any visits to Ecuador at least until August. Ecuador needs some time to heal and rebuild.

      1. James Hutzel May 23, 2016

        Hi Susan – Thanks for the quick feedback. I’ll check with the visits team whether or not they would welcome someone to help with relief assistance in the short term. Otherwise, I’ll look into scheduling for August or later.

  10. Cheryl McElroy May 20, 2016

    Hi, I’m just writing to inquire about the young man we sponsor in Ecuador, Daniel (EC2780236), who attends the Bethel Student Center. I know no news is good news as I haven’t heard anything yet. I’ve been praying for him and his family and all those affected by this quake. If you have any info about Daniel and the center he attends I would so appreciate it if you could let me know.
    Thank you, and God bless!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 23, 2016

      Cheryl, as of the most recent update from Ecuador, Daniel and his center were unaffected by the earthquake. Thank you for your prayers!

  11. Kyle & Tricia May 19, 2016

    We are concerned about our sponsored child, Thalia, #EC 2280273. Do you have any information on her health and safety? Do we send letters to the same address? We’d like to let her know we’re concerned and encourage her and that we’re praying for her.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan May 20, 2016

      Kyle and Tricia, thank you both for your concern for Thalia. I want to encourage you that no news is good news in these cases as we always contact sponsors whose children were impacted at all in a disaster such as this. Rest assured that as of our most updated reports from Ecuador, Thalia and her family were not affected by the earthquake. We appreciate you wanting to write and encourage them during this time and you’re absolutely welcome to do that. You can write online, using our mobile app, or yes, sending a hand written letter to the normal address. Please just ensure her child ID and your sponsor number are written on the letter. Thank you so much for your continued prayers!

      1. Kyle & Tricia Sonnier May 21, 2016

        Thank you Emily for your reply. We did sent letters to her and we appreciate you assuring us. Take care and God Bless you and all you do at Compassion International.

  12. David and Patti Stewart May 18, 2016

    We are hoping to find out about our sponsored child Jordy #EC-272-0498. He attends the Pano Student Center. Any news about that Center?

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 19, 2016

      David and Patti, I appreciate your care and concern for Jordy. I am happy to report that neither Jordy nor his center have been affected by the earthquake.

  13. Laura Magnus May 16, 2016

    Hoping to find out if our sponsored child is OK. Her name is Niurka Lilibeth Silva Troncozo. She goes to the Palistina Student Center North of Guayaquil. Any information would be greatly appreciated. She is a very special girl who is very important to our family. Thank you!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 17, 2016

      Laura, I appreciate your care and concern for your child. Neither Niurka nor her center have been affected by the earthquake. Thank you for your continued prayers for this precious country and people!

  14. Addison May 15, 2016

    Hi…anything on Dayana Katherine Ramirez Mero? She’s at the Macedonia center. Please please let me know if there’s any news!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 16, 2016

      Addison, Dayana is fine, but regrettably her student center was destroyed and her center activities have been temporarily placed on hold. Please continue to pray as we re-build and letters of encouragement for Dayana I’m sure would be a huge help at this time.

  15. Shannon Milsten May 14, 2016

    Any word on the Joyas de Cristo Student Center? I have yet to hear any word, good or bad, and I’m wondering how our sponsor child is doing.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 16, 2016

      Hi Shannon! Usually no news is good news as we will only contact you if your child has been affected. However, I am able to confirm that, as of the most recent update, neither Ingrid nor her center has been affected by the earthquake.

      1. Shannon Milsten May 16, 2016

        Thank you for the speedy reply! 🙂

  16. Marjorie Benson May 8, 2016

    I saw in an earlier post that the Jaun 3:16 student center in Montecristi was not damaged in the earthquake, and for that I am very thankful. My sponsored child is Naye Anai Delgado Barcia EC-377-1047 and I am praying for her, her family, the workers in the projects and all those who are involved, as well as all the people of Ecuador. I appreciate the care that you are taking to reassure us as supporters of the Compassion children and projects. Have you any word about the Nayeli and her family. Thanks and God bless you all.

    1. Debbie May 20, 2016

      Hi Marjorie,
      I just started being a correspondant with a little girl that goes to this center. I’m so glad to learn that the center wasn’t seriously effected by the earthquake and join you in your prayers for these sweet children and their families.
      God bless,
      Debbie

    2. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 9, 2016

      Hi Marjorie! I appreciate your care, concern, and prayers for Ecuador and for your sponsored child. As of the most recent update, Nayeli was not affected by the earthquake.

  17. Suzy May 6, 2016

    I am wondering about the children at the Voz y Pensamiento Cristiano Student Center– Were they affected by the earthquake? We sponsor Jairo Andres Quinllin Congacha. The country and the relief workers are in our prayers.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 9, 2016

      Suzy, I appreciate your care and concern for Jairo and his center. It looks like they were unaffected at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers for Ecuador and for our ministry there!

  18. Vicki May 5, 2016

    I am concerned for my child, Fernando. Can you please tell me if El Momento de Dios Student Cernter (EC-568)has been affected?

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler May 6, 2016

      Vicki, I appreciate your care and concern for your sponsored child. As of the most recent update from Ecuador, Fernando and his center have been unaffected by this earthquake. We will certainly keep you updated as we hear more.

  19. Matt May 3, 2016

    Do you have any news on my little girl, Patricia Perez (EC-373-2630), from the Estrella de Jacob center in Manta? Thanks!

    1. Sarah
      Sarah May 3, 2016

      Matt, thank you so much for the concern you have for your sweet girl, Estrella. Regrettably, we do know that her project’s building was destroyed in the earthquake.We have not yet received a list of children from this project who were impacted by the earthquake, but we will notify you as soon as that information becomes available if Estrella was among them. As relief efforts continue, please keep praying for our staff, the city of Manta, and Estrella and her family. I’d also encourage you to get a letter out to her as soon as you have the opportunity to. Your words will offer such significant comfort and compassion in her time of need.

  20. Kirsten May 1, 2016

    Any news from Tabernaculo de la Fe? Our child, Jarot (EC3880730) attends there. Thank you so much!

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan May 2, 2016

      Hi Kirsten! Thank you so much for your care for this center and your sweet Moises. Sadly, his center received significant damage to it from the earthquake. But thankfully, no children were at the center when the disaster happened. Our staff is working hard to provide families and children in that area with the immediate assistance, shelter, and items that they need right now. I’m so encouraged to tell you that we have not received any news that Moises was directly impacted and we’re praying this continues to be the case and that he and his family are safe. If we hear otherwise, we’ll be sure to contact you.

      1. Kirsten May 2, 2016

        Great. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some info. We are continuing to think of him and pray for his family and community.

  21. Brittney May 1, 2016

    Do you have any updates on the children from the Ebenezer center. Our sponsored child, Saul, attends this center. We actually just started sponsoring him last week so I didn’t know if maybe we had missed something since this was after the earthquake

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan May 2, 2016

      Brittney, thank you so very much for choosing to change the story for Steven! We’re so blessed to partner with you and excited he has a loving sponsor, especially in such a difficult time right now. Thankfully, his center is not one that we received news from Ecuador as having been affected. We’re continuing to pray that as they assess the damage further, we don’t hear that Steven was affected. If he was, please know that we have a process to contact each sponsor whose child was directly impacted. In the meantime, thank you for praying for our children, families, and staff that are in Ecuador and felt the impact. I see that you already wrote to him. Thank you so very much :). I know your little boy will be so overjoyed to get his first letter and learn more about you!

  22. Kirsten May 1, 2016

    Any news from the Tabernaculo de la fe center? Our child is Jarot, EC3880730. Thank you!!

    1. Sarah
      Sarah May 3, 2016

      Kirsten, as of our most recent update, we do not have information on individual children at EC388 who were affected by the earthquake. As Emily mentioned yesterday, Jarot’s project was significantly damaged in the disaster though, so please continue to pray for the relief efforts going on in his community. If we receive word that Jarot was indeed affected in any way by the earthquake, we will notify you as soon as that information is available. Thank you so much for the love you have for him!

  23. Christine Moffa April 29, 2016

    Hi,

    Can you tell me if Sonia M Ponce Caiza is okay? She attends the Mision Cristiana Nueva Jerusalen Student Center.

    Thank you!

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 29, 2016

      Christine, thank you for being concerned about your precious Sonia. I want to encourage you that her project is further inland than the epicenter of the earthquake which hit the hardest near the coast. We have not heard news that she or her center were affected at all by the earthquake. As we continue to gather more information, we’ll let you know if we find that she was directly impacted. Thanks for your prayers for our staff, families, and kiddos in Ecuador!

  24. Gail & Mike Kenny April 27, 2016

    Wow, more news here than other places. I think our sponsored child’s center is quite a ways from the epicenter, but sounds like you have some updates. Were Joel or any of the families around the Horeb Student Center near El Dorado affected? Joel is our second Compassion child from that center.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 28, 2016

      Hi Gail and Mike! Thanks for reaching out to us concerning Joel’s well-being after the earthquake. Joel’s center is located much further south and inland than where the quake’s worst damage hit. As of our most recent update, his center has not reported any damage or affected children. Praise the Lord! If a future update indicates otherwise, we will notify you when the information is available. For now, keep praying for Joel and for those who have been affected by the earthquake.

  25. Katie Ostermeier April 27, 2016

    Hi,

    I called CI on Monday but they didn’t have any information for me at the time. I sponsor Fernanda Estefania Ramirez Ramirez (EC-503-300). Do you have any updates on if she/her family/her center were affected?

    Thank you!!

    Katie

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 28, 2016

      Hi Katie. Thank you for reaching out for information on Fernanda again. Regrettably, we now know that her center was severely affected in the earthquake. We do not yet know whether any children in the project have been affected, but will keep you updated as we receive the information. If we are alerted that Fernanda and her family were impacted, we will notify you as soon as we have the information. Please continue to pray for her family, friends, and the staff at her center.

      1. Beverly Antalek May 3, 2016

        I have seen that Yaritza Ramirz Center #503 in Portoviejo was severely damaged but no word about her or her family yet. My other child, Ciro attends #511 near Manta. Both very heavily affected locations. Is there any news from his center?

        1. Brett J, May 20, 2016

          Beverly,

          I volunteer at Alliance Academy International in Quito, Ecuador. On Monday, I had the opportunity to fly down to Manta to inspect Compassion International Site 511 as our senior class will spend half of their senior trip helping those on the coast. I was able to see first-hand the devastation and destruction in Manta; In every direction one could see evidence of the earthquake: piles of rubble in the streets, collapsed buildings, fractured homes and security and work crews everywhere.

          The area around site #511 is quite poor with primarily small homes, therefor the overall damage was limited; that is physical damage. The area families live in fear of additional earthquakes…sadly, two strong earthquakes hit on Wednesday. Site #511 suffered only minor damage. One wall on the office/kitchen/clinic building partially collapsed. I am excited to share that our senior class is going to complete four projects at this site to help: install a new playground, repair the office building, plaster a outside wall, and paint the bathroom…additionally they will do some VBS activities.

          Please pray for safety, security and emotional wellbeing of those affect by this event.

          Brett

        2. Sarah
          Sarah May 3, 2016

          Hey Beverly! I am so sorry that Yaritza’s center was impacted in such a significant way by this earthquake :(. Ciro’s center was also severely damaged. I know how worried you must be about these precious children. Regrettably, we have not yet received word from their centers whether any children were affected. Our staff are working as quickly as possible to gather and relay that information though. If we receive word that either of them was impacted, we will notify you as soon as that information becomes available. Please do continue to pray for these children in the meantime!

  26. Beth royster April 27, 2016

    My sponsor child Pedro attends Camino al Cielo development center. Can you tell me if they were impacted by the earthquake?
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Ecuador.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 28, 2016

      Hi Beth! Thank you so much for the love and concern you express for your sweet boy, Pedro. As of our update this morning, we have not received information indicating that his center has been affected by the earthquake. Thank you so much for praying over everyone who has been impacted. If we receive information indicating Pedro or his center was impacted, we will notify you as soon as the information becomes available.

  27. Crystal April 27, 2016

    I’m hoping to get some information concerning Jonathan Andres Pillasagua Figueroa. He attends the Antioquia center.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 28, 2016

      Hey Crystal. I know you must be incredibly concerned about Jonathan. Our most recent update has listed Jonathan’s project as receiving significant damage :(. We haven’t received information on children at his center who have been impacted yet, but we will notify you if Jonathan was. Please continue to pray for his family and center as they are working through the aftermath of this devastation.

      1. Carolina Lazgin Ciercielli May 4, 2016

        Hello Sarah,
        Thank you so much for connecting with us on this blog and finding out about the children we sponsor in Ecuador! I am sponsoring Malena Nicole Pillasagua Figueroa of the Antioquia Center. I see from this blog that Crystal has sponsored Jonathan Andres Pillasagua Figueroa, also from Antioquia. Looks like Malena and Jonathan are siblings! Is there a way that I can get in touch with Crystal? Or you can pass my email/phone number to her? It would really be wonderful to be able to connect with her since we are both sponsoring children from the same family! Thank you for your help! Kind regards, Carolina Lazgin Ciercielli.

        1. Susan Sayler
          Susan Sayler May 5, 2016

          Hi Carolina! I would be happy to give your information to Crystal but in looking at Malena and Jonathan’s files it looks like they are not actually from the same immediate family. Their last names are switched and their sibling information is different from each other. I think they might be cousins but it is unlikely that they are in the same family. Would you still like me to give your information to Crystal? Also, what information would you like me to give – an email address?

          1. Carolina Lazgin Ciercielli June 18, 2016

            Hello Susan,

            Thank you for your reply. Yes, sending my email address would be great! Thank you!

            1. Amy Hawbaker June 20, 2016

              Hi Carolina! I just sent Crystal an email with your email address and let her know that you would like to connect with her.

              1. Crystal Foote August 1, 2016

                Amy, I was contacted but Carolina’s email was accidentally deleted. Could I please bother you for her information again? I really appreciated her reaching out to me and feel terrible for the mix up. Crystal

                1. Susan Sayler
                  Susan Sayler August 3, 2016

                  Hi Crystal! No worries! I am email you Carolina’s email again. 🙂

  28. Ashlei McCAy April 27, 2016

    I am wondering about the well being of my child Carlos Javier Anguasha. He attends El Shaddai Student Center in Carapungo. Please tell us whether he is safe from the earthquake. Thanks,
    Ashlei McCay

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 28, 2016

      Hi Ashlei! Thank you so much for the concern you have for Carlos. His center is actually located further inland than where the worst earthquake damage occurred. As of our update from this morning, his center has not reported any damage to the building or informed us that any children have been impacted. We will be sure to notify you if we receive information indicating otherwise though.

  29. Bob Freeman April 27, 2016

    Along with all the others who are sponsoring children, my wife and I are looking forward to hearing about our child, Andy Jair Orejuela Conforme. It looks to us like he lives in the area that was more seriously affected by the earthquake. We have been praying for him and his family, as well as others whose names we do not know. Have you learned anything new since I last spoke with a phone representative at Compassion?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 28, 2016

      Hi Bob. As of our most recent update, we still have not received any information indicating Andy’s project was affected by the earthquake. Praise the Lord! Our staff is continuing to collect information. If we receive an update that Andy or his project was affected, we will notify you as soon as possible.

  30. Cortney April 27, 2016

    I sponsor a child named Veronica who attends Centro Estudiantil Nueva Visión. She lives in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. Can you let us know if that area was affected?

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 27, 2016

      Cortney, we appreciate your care and concern for Veronica. As of the most recent update, Veronica was unaffected. We will continue to keep you updated as we hear more. If we find that she was affected, we will contact you personally.

      1. cortney April 27, 2016

        Thank you for the update! We have been worried. So her center is not close to the earthquake?

        1. Sarah
          Sarah April 28, 2016

          That is correct, Cortney. Her project is located further inland than the projects that received damage from the earthquake.

  31. Ryan April 26, 2016

    We are very worried about our sponsored child Veronica who attends the New Vision student center in santo Domingo de los tsachilas. Could you please update?

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 27, 2016

      Ryan, I appreciate your care and concern for your child. As of the most recent update, Veronica was unaffected by the earthquake. God bless you and thank you for your prayers!

  32. Rebecca Eye April 26, 2016

    We sponsor Erick Michael Espinoza Espinoza in Montechristi at the Juan 3:16 Center. Do you have any information on him as to whether he has been affected with the earthquake. He seems to be in one of the nearer centers to the epicenter. We would appreciate any information. (I commented with my other email address, but thought the one we use on Compassion would be better.) Thanks!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 27, 2016

      Rebecca, I appreciate your care and concern. I had responded elsewhere but wanted to be sure you received this information. Erick and his center were unaffected by the earthquake at this time.

  33. Rebecca April 26, 2016

    Do you have any information about the Juan 3:16 Center? We sponsor a young man named Erick Michael Espinoza Espinoza. Any information would be appreciated since we are very concerned for Erick. Thanks.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 27, 2016

      Rebecca, I appreciate your care and concern. Erick and his center were unaffected by the earthquake at this time.

  34. Lynn April 26, 2016

    Hi,

    I am very worried about my sponsored child Luis Santiago Quimis Baque and his family. He lives in the Cooperativa Valerio Estacio community. He attends the Bastion Popular Student Center EC-561 associated with the Evangelical Church located in Quayaquil City. I would appreciate any information. Thank you.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 27, 2016

      Lynn, I appreciate your care and concern for Luis. As of the most recent update, Luis was not affected by the earthquake. Please keep the country of Ecuador in your prayers.

      1. Lynn April 27, 2016

        Thank you very much. We’ll keep praying for everyone in Ecuador.

  35. Doris Smith April 26, 2016

    We are praying for all the children but would like to hear about Anny Maritza Cortez Tenorio in the Esmeraldas area.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 27, 2016

      Doris, I appreciate your concern and your prayers. As of the most recent update from our staff in Ecuador, Anny was not affected by the earthquake.

  36. Katelyn Sullivan April 26, 2016

    Hello. I’m writing because my family and I sponsor a child in Ecuador. His name is Daniel Orlando Rodriguez Palomino and his Student Center is the Centro Estudiantil Ebenezer. I am very concerned for his well being. Are there any updates at this time?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 26, 2016

      Katelyn, I appreciate the love and concern you have for your sweet boy, Daniel. His project is listed as one of the projects that has likely been affected, but we do not have any information on specific children from the project who were impacted yet. Our staff are continuing to collect information on each center and child. If we receive information indicating Daniel has been affected, we will notify you as soon as the information is available.

  37. Megan April 25, 2016

    Hi Susan, I don’t know if you received my comment I sent over the weekend. I am concerned about the safety of my sponsored child, Leiner Daniel Quinones. He attends the Limones Student Center in Ecuador, which is southwest of San Lorenzo. Could you tell me if you have any information and Leiner or the area where he lives? Thank you.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 26, 2016

      Megan, I am so sorry if you didn’t see our first reply to your question about Leiner. I want to encourage you that as of this morning, Leiner’s center has not been reported to us as being directly impacted nor any of the children that attend that center. We’re continuing to gather details on each family to ensure everyone is safe and if Leiner and his family are found to have been impacted, we’ll be sure to let you know.

  38. stephanie coulter April 25, 2016

    I am very worried about my sponsored child Nelly Estefania Condo Quinte and her family. Do you have any information on Nelly?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      I know how concerned you must be, Stephanie. Please know that we’re also deeply concerned about each of our families in our program and we’re doing everything we can to check on each child and ensure they’re safe, as quickly as we can. As of this morning, Nelly and the center Nelly attends, has not been reported to us as being hit by the earthquake or aftershocks. If they find Nelly’s family was directly impacted, we’ll be sure to provide them with assistance and contact you. Thank you for praying!

  39. Stephanie Coulter April 25, 2016

    I am looking for information on my sponsored child Nelly Estefania Condo Quinte. Can you tell me if she and her family are safe?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Stephanie, please see my comment on your other post regarding Nelly and let me know if you have any questions. I pray God comforts you and gives you peace as you continue praying for your precious child.

  40. Jessica Kocaj April 24, 2016

    Hello, I wrote to Melanie abd I’m wondering if she has been effected? We continue to pray for her and Equdor.
    Thank you

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Jessica, I wasn’t able to locate your account where you’re supporting Melanie, through your name and email. However, please rest assured that we’re contacting sponsors whose children were directly impacted by the earthquake. We’re still gathering details on all of the families in our program but if we don’t contact you, be encouraged that your precious kiddo is safe. Thank you for praying!

  41. Jeanne Lavender April 24, 2016

    I am very concerned about the aftermath of the earthquake in Ecuador and if it is possible to get a report on my sponsored child, Ashley Geovanna Marquez Batioja. She lives north of Esmeraldas and her project center is Soldiers of Christ Integral Development Center. Any information is greatly appreciated as we continue our prayers for her and her family and the country of Ecuador.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Jeanne! I appreciate your concern for your precious girl, Ashley. I want to encourage you that as of this morning, she has not been affected by the earthquake. As we continue to recover more information, if we find she was affected we will contact you directly. Thank you for continuing to pray!

  42. Jenny April 24, 2016

    Hi, wanted to check if Annier Aymar Angulo Alban froom Centro Estudiantil Ebenezer is ok? Please let me know. Thank you!

    1. Jenny Cedeno April 25, 2016

      Thank you Emely!

    2. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Jenny! I know you’re concerned about Aymar and thank you for praying for your precious boy. Regrettably, there were children at his center that were affected by this earthquake and we’re contacting these sponsors directly. But thankfully, as of this morning, we have not yet found that your boy was impacted directly. Please be encouraged that as we gather more information, if he was affected, we’ll contact you.

  43. Jenny April 24, 2016

    Hi! Could you please let me know if Annier Aymar Angulo Alban from Centro Estudiantil Ebenezer located in the Northwest of Muisne have been affected? I am concern about them because is so close to the epicenter. Thank you.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Jenny. Please see my response to your other inquiry. Thankfully, as of this morning, he has not been affected.

  44. Keithia Lowe April 24, 2016

    Do you know if my sponsored child Angelica Cristina Herrera Panchana and her family were affected? She attends Poder Student Center close to Santa Elena.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Keithia! We received an update from Ecuador and as of this morning, no children from Angelica’s center have been affected. Our staff is working hard to continue gathering information. Regrettably, damaged roads and power outages have made it difficult to gather these details more quickly but we will continue to assess the situation and check on each family and if we find she was affected, we’ll contact you.

  45. Jim and Julie Rose April 24, 2016

    Hi, we are wondering if you can tell us about students who are served at the Gracias Student Center south of La Libertad I the Las Minas-Sector 73 area? We are praying Kevin and his family are safe followi the earthquake. Thank you.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Jim and Julie! I know you both must be concerned about Kevin and please know how grateful we are for your care and your prayers! As of this morning, we have not received information that Kevin and his family were affected by the earthquake. In fact, no children at his center have been found to have had any damage to their homes or have been injured, praise God! we are still assessing the situation and if we find Kevin was affected at all, we’ll be sure to contact you. Thank you for your patience as we gather more details on all of our children.

      1. Jim and Julie Rose April 25, 2016

        Praising God for this wonderful news!! Continued prayer for Kevin, his family and all of Ecuador.
        Thank you for the update, Emily!
        In Him,
        Jim and Julie

  46. Penny Bennett April 24, 2016

    Our sponsored little girl, Vanessa lives on the plains of Lamas de San Jose-Canton Rocsfuerte. I’m not sure where that is located in Ecuador. Can you please tell us if this is the area affected? Praying for safety for her & her family.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Penny, regrettably Vanessa’s center was in the epicenter of the earthquake. I do want to encourage you though, that we’ve been getting updates from Ecuador as we visit families to ensure they’re safe and we have not yet received any reports of children from EC513 being impacted. If we do find that Vanessa and her family were affected, please know that we’ll provide them with the assistance that they need and we’ll contact you directly. We appreciate your patience as we continue to gather information and for your prayers for our brothers and sisters in Ecuador during such a very difficult time.

  47. NORMALEE GROSHART April 24, 2016

    I am praying for the staff and projects and children of Ecuador. Should I continue to send letters to my child at this time? Is mail being delivered to any of the projects?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi there, Normalee! I see that you also posted on our Get Satisfaction support page and we answered your question there. I hope that helped! In case you haven’t seen our response to you, please know that we’re contacting sponsors whose children were affected by the earthquake as we gather information. Also, please continue writing to your child! Although communications may be delayed because of damage to roads, we’ll still be delivering letters to children as we’re able. Your words of encouragement and love are so important during this time and I know your letters will be appreciated and a huge uplift in spirit to your child and their family during such a difficult time.

  48. NORMALEE GROSHART April 24, 2016

    I continue to pray for my child, Viviana, and the others. Is mail getting through to any of the projects at this time?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Normalee! Please see my response to your other inquiry :). Let me know if you have other questions! God bless you and thanks for continuing to write!

      1. NORMALEE GROSHART April 25, 2016

        Thank you Emily. I wasn’t sure my posts were being submitted, so I sent several. Thank you for being patient with me.

  49. Carolyn J Medlin April 23, 2016

    I am still waiting to hear about my sponsored child Jossselyn Daniela Bueno. She lives in the plains of San Jose de Concoto near Quito and attends Embajadores de Dios Student Center.Has anyone had time to assess the area for damage and find out if the children are safe. Any information would be appreciated Thank you and God Bless

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Carolyn! I’m sorry for the delay in our response as we’re not in the office on the weekends. I know you’re worried about whether your precious Josselyn is safe. I see that you spoke with one of our representatives last Monday and they encouraged you that so far, we had not received reports that she had been directly impacted. If you don’t hear from us directly, please know that this is good news. We’re working hard to contact sponsors who have children that were directly affected by the earthquake. Difficulty in communications and damaged roads have made it difficult for our staff to gather information but know that they’re working hard to reach each family to ensure all of our children are safe and get help to those who need it. We will be sure to reach out to you if we find Josselyn has felt the impact of this disaster. Thank you for your patience with us and your continued prayers.

  50. Richard Guemmer April 23, 2016

    We are concerned for our sponsored child Angel Geovanny Perea Martinez, EC594 Pedacito de Cielo Student Center, Ecuador. Do you have any information about him and his family?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Richard, we have not had reports yet of EC594 being affected. This church partner is near the epicenter of the earthquake and we’re still trying to gather information in the challenging conditions, damaged roads, and power outages causing difficulty in communication that our staff is facing. Please keep praying and we’ll be sure to contact you if your sweet Angel was directly impacted as we gather more information on each family.

  51. Tammy & Chris Guches April 23, 2016

    Hi. We sponsor Flor Maria Guaman. She goes to school at Emanuel National Church in Chimborazo. We have been trying to find out if she and her family are okay but have not been able to get any information. Have you heard from them or from the center?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Tammy and Chris, I know it’s hard not knowing any details about how your child and her family are doing. Please know we’re doing everything we can to gather information for our sponsors as we want to make sure your child is safe and receives the help she needs. Regrettably, damaged roads and power outages are making communications very difficult and it might be several weeks before we have final information on every child affected. But we’re working hard to reach these families quickly and provide them with immediate assistance. I do want to encourage you that of the children and centers that we know have been impacted thus far, Flor and her center are not one of the projects to be reported as having been affected. We’re grateful for your patience and continued prayers during this time. Please know that if we find Flor has been impacted directly, we’ll contact you.

  52. Megan April 23, 2016

    Hello. Can you tell me if my sponsored child’s area (or my child) was affected? His name is Leiner Daniel Montano Quinones. He attends the Limones Student Center in Ecuador. My info. says that is Southwest of San Lorenzo.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Megan, so many people have felt the effects of this earthquake and our hearts go out to each family that is in the areas that the earthquake hit. I want to encourage you that as of this morning, Leiner’s center has not been reported to us as being directly impacted nor any of the children that attend that center. We’re continuing to gather details on each family to ensure everyone is safe and if Leiner and his family are found to have been impacted, we’ll be sure to let you know.

  53. Doris Smith April 23, 2016

    We are praying for Anny Maritza Cortez Tenorio and her family in the Esmeraldas area. We are very concerned. We plan to see her in August.

    1. Doris Smith April 28, 2016

      Emily, Thank you for the response. When you say “continue writing” do you mean to Anny or in this column? How much staff is there at these projects? Would they not be affected also? Does Quito send staff to the various projects? Thank you.

      1. Sarah
        Sarah April 28, 2016

        Hi Doris! Emily meant to continue writing to Anny, encouraging her with your words of comfort :). Your letters mean so much to her! The number of staff can vary quite a lot between projects. Yes, some of our staff have been affected by the earthquake as well. I would encourage you to pray for them as well. The staff that would have been affected would be those that live in the areas that were hit by the quake and work in the projects in the area.

    2. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Doris, thank you so much for your prayers. We understand how difficult this situation has been for our sponsors as you wait to hear if your girl is doing alright. Because her center was in the area where the earthquake hit the hardest, our staff is working hard to reach the families in that area as quickly as possible to assess their situations. Communication is challenging right now because of damaged roads and power lines, but our staff checking on each child as they can. We have not received information that Anny and her family were updated and we’re praying that she and her family are safe. Our staff are meeting the immediate needs of the families we find that need assistance. We will be sure to contact you if we find that she and her family were affected and your visits specialist will be sure to let you know if there will be any changes to your visit to see her this summer. Thank you again for your continued prayers for her and I encourage you to keep writing!

  54. Cecilia Peters April 23, 2016

    I have two children in Ecuador, one I am pretty sure is OK the other I am extremely worried about. Carlos lives in Esmeraldas, project EC5900251 Centro de Desarrollo Integral Joyas de Cristo. This area is close to the epicenter of the quake. Another child Lester is in project EC2700999 Nueva Jerusalem Student Center but he is over the mountain range in Tena. Any news at all will be very helpful. I pray often for the country, it’s leaders, Compassion staff, children and families. May God Bless them. Thank you

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Cecilia, please see my other comment on your post about your precious kiddos. I know your concerned and I pray God gives you peace and comfort in knowing he is faithful and loves these precious families in Ecuador. If your children have been directly impacted, we’ll contact you as soon as we gather this information.

  55. KristinLee Svinth April 23, 2016

    We are praying for those involved in the now 2 earthquakes
    We are concerned about our sponsored child Gislayne Mariana Anchundia Anchundia. She lives in manta. I know you’re giving a lot of updates. But if you could let us know if she is alright it would be appreciated.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Thank you so much for your prayers, KristinLee! We appreciate you and we’re so grateful for all those providing love, care, and support during this hard time for our friends in Ecuador. Please see my response to your other post that answered your concerns about your sweet child. Please let me know if you have other questions.

      1. KristinLee Svinth April 26, 2016

        Thank you for your response! Sorry for my double post! I didn’t see a confirmation that my post was received. I am glad to hear that she is alright! We were quite concerned!!!! We will continue to pray!

  56. KristinLee Svinth April 23, 2016

    We are praying for those involved in the earthquake. I know you are getting a lot of requests about specific children, but our Gislayne Mariana Anchundia Anchundia lives near manta, and we are hoping she is okay! could you update us?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      KristinLee, thank you so much for your concern for your precious Gislayne. Please know that if she was affected, we’ll contact you. As of this morning, she has not bee directly impacted and we’re praying this continues to be what we find as we assess each child’s situation.

  57. Cecilia Peters April 23, 2016

    I have two boys in Ecuador, one I believe is very close to the epicenter of the quake. Is there any information on Project Centro de Desarrollo Integral Joyas de Cristo located in Esmeraldas. Our other child is located farther away in Nueva Jerusalem Student Center Student Center located in Tena. Thank you very much, prayers and bleesings for all involved, helping, and sponsors.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Hi Cecilia! Carlos’s center is very near to the epicenter of the earthquake as you mentioned but we haven’t yet received any information on any children being affected that attend that church partner. We’re continuing to assess the situation and check on each family that attends that project. We’re praying that everyone is alright but if any families were directly impacted, we’re providing them with assistance and we’ll contact sponsors whose children were in the pathway of the earthquake. Thank you for your patience with us while our staff works hard to make sure each family is safe. I do want to encourage you however, Lester was not affected :). Praise God!

      1. Cecilia Peters April 26, 2016

        Thank you very much and we continue to pray as we wait for news on Carlos and for all of Ecuador

  58. Sarah April 22, 2016

    We just donated to the Ecuador Earthquake relief fund. Could you let us know how much money has been donated to date?

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 26, 2016

      Sarah, we’re humbled and deeply grateful for your donation and heart for the people of Ecuador during this difficult time. We appreciate your desire to help us assist these families in rebuilding their lives and restoring their communities that have been impacted in this disaster. We’re praising God for the support and prayers of our sponsors! So far we have raised $120,000 in support for the Ecuador Earthquake relief fund. God is faithful and abundant and we’re trusting that He will provide for the needs of the families in our program that were directly impacted. Thank you so much again and God bless you :).

  59. Elizabeth Yearwood April 22, 2016

    I sponsor two girls in Ecuador – Michelle Murillo at the Socorro de lo Alto Student Center which I believe is near Southern Guayaquil and Melanie Santana at the Camino de Sion Student Center near Machala. I’m worried sick about both of them – do you have any information on them or their Student Centers? Thank you!!

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Elizabeth, I know how worried you must be :(. I’m so sorry that it has made you sick thinking of the possibility that either of your sweet angels were affected. I want to encourage you that so far, neither of their centers have been affected and we have not received information so far that any children from your girls’ centers have been impacted. We’re continuing to check on all of the families in our program and if we find either of your girls were affected, we’ll be sure to contact you. Thank you for continuing to pray!

  60. Susan May April 22, 2016

    I wrote an email to your offices about my sponsored child, Madelyn Leonor Alvarado Is Rosa, who lives in Portoviejo. Is there any information yet on Madelyn and her family. Thanks.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan April 25, 2016

      Susan, I see that you called our office today and spoke with one of our representatives who gave you the good news that your girls center was not affected. Thank you for your prayers and for your continued love and support for Madelyn and her family during this time. God bless you!

  61. Eleanor Clark April 22, 2016

    I don’t think that Jennifer or Ney is affected just letting you know that I’m praying for the country of Ecuador for all the family’s and children.

  62. Gloria Lusk April 21, 2016

    Just wondering if Evelyn my sponsored child is OK after the earthquake. Many prayers are going out to Evelyn and her family

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 22, 2016

      Hi Gloria! Thank you so much for praying over Evelyn and her family in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake. Evelyn’s center is located much farther south than where the epicenter of the quake is. She probably felt some tremors, but we haven’t received any information yet that her center has been impacted by the earthquake. If that changes as our staff continues to check on children, we will notify you as that information is available.

  63. Melissa Gibbs April 21, 2016

    My husband daughters and I are worried about our sponsored child, Geovanny Miranda. He and his family live in Caluma and he attends the Roca Eterna Student Center. Could you tell us how this area has been affected?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 22, 2016

      Melissa, thank you so much for the concern and love you have for your little man, Geovanny. His center is much farther south and inland than where the earthquake left significant damage. As of this morning, we have not received any news that his center has been affected. He could have felt some tremors, but he should be ok. We will notify you if we receive any update that says otherwise. Keep praying for him and his family though.

      1. Melissa April 22, 2016

        Sarah,
        Thank you for the response! It has helped to ease our minds. We will continue to pray for Geovanny, his family and all of Ecuador. As well as all of the Compassion workers!

  64. Mike Nardini April 21, 2016

    Hello:
    I am looking for information on Byron Jesus Murillo Murillo and his family He attends the Macedonia center in Las Canitas community and lives in Canitas. I know they were very close to the earthquake, so any update would be helpful. God Bless.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 22, 2016

      Hello Mike. Thank you so much for checking up on Byron and for your continued prayers for him. Yes, Byron’s center is located close to where the earthquake struck. His center has likely been impacted, but I do not yet have information on specific children at his project who were affected. Once that information is available, we will contact you to give you that information. Keep praying for him and his family!

  65. Jeff Raver April 21, 2016

    We are praying for our sponsored girl. Do you have any information on Ambar Jael Esmeralda Ganchozo?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 22, 2016

      Good morning, Jeff. We are so appreciative of your continued prayers for Ambar and her family during this time. Her center is located near the coast of Ecuador, but I don’t have any information indicating that her project has been affected. As our staff is continuing to check on individual children, we will be able to notify you if she has been impacted once that information is relayed back to us.

      1. Jeff Raver April 22, 2016

        Thank you, we continue to pray for her and her family as well as all of those affected by the earthquake.

  66. Beck Family April 20, 2016

    We continue to pray for our sponsor child and his family! He lives south of La Libertad in the coastal community of Comuna San Marcos y Barbascal (Poder Student Center). It looks like he was approx. 300km (186 miles) south of the epicenter. Please provide an update on the status of his and his families safety. Continued prayers for the Compassion staff!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Beck Family, thank you so much for your care, concern, and most of all your prayers for Ecuador! As of the most recent update, Jordy, his family, and his center were unaffected by the earthquake. If we find that he was affected, we will notify you directly. God bless you!

      1. Nina Beck April 21, 2016

        Thank you, Susan! We appreciate the update. Continued Prayers…

  67. Roger and Cynthia DeGroot April 20, 2016

    Please tell us if our sponsored child, Edwin Rolando Gualacata Burga (EC4000081) and his family are okay? We have been trying to locate on a map to see if they were in the affected area. We want them to know we are praying for them and their beautiful country. Thank you!

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Roger and Cynthia, we appreciate your care and concern for Edwin. He is located in a community called Calpaqui, south of Ibarra in the north of the country. As of the most recent update, this community was not affected by the earthquake. If we find that Edwin was affected, we will notify you personally. Thank you so much for your prayers for Edwin and the country of Ecuador during this time!

  68. Joleta April 20, 2016

    My child is Dayana M, in Naranjito. I am praying for her and all the families safety. Do you have information on Dayana?

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Joleta, I appreciate your prayers and concern. As of the most recent update from our staff in Ecuador, Dayana and her center have not been affected by the earthquake. If we hear that she has been affected, we will notify you personally.

  69. Andrea Everhart April 20, 2016

    Can you tell me where the Emanuel Student Center is located in relationship to the earthquake? I sponsor a child at that center. (Thank you for providing these updates while we wait for more information about our sponsored children.)

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Andrea, the Emanuel Student Center (EC273) is in Campana Cocha, a rural community northeast of Puyo. As of the most recent update, Adiel and his family was unaffected by the earthquake. God bless you!

      1. Andrea Everhart April 21, 2016

        Thank you so much, Susan! Praise God!

  70. Andrew Lawrence April 20, 2016

    We sponsor Idannia Gislayne Spinoza Alana in the Shady Student Center, Portoviejo. Any word from that project yet? We had the privilege of visiting Idannia, her family, and her project a few years ago. We are praying for them all during this terrible time. Thanks so much for all you are doing for these families.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Andrew, we appreciate your care and concern for Idannia. I am sure this is pressing even more on your mind because you have a visual of this center and precious girl. As of our most recent update, Idannia, her family, and her center were unaffected by the earthquake. Thank you so much for your prayers!

  71. Brown’s family, Stockbridge, Momentum Christian church April 20, 2016

    We serve a wonderful God. He is with you. We send our prayers to the families in Ecuador. Stay faithful.

  72. sandie April 20, 2016

    any news on the nazaret student center? my sponsor child attends this school Pablo.sending prayers.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Sandy, as of the most recent update, Pablo and his center have not been affected by the earthquake. Thank you for your concern and prayers!

      1. sandie April 21, 2016

        so glad to hear that will continue to send prayers.

  73. Beverly Gutierrez April 20, 2016

    Our compassion child, Milton, lives in San Lorenzo. Is there any way to find out if he and his grandmother are ok? He attends the Tambillo Student Center. Thank you. We will continue to pray.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Beverly, we appreciate your care, concern, and prayers for Milton and his family. As of the most recent update, Milton and his grandmother were unaffected by the earthquake. God bless you!

  74. Dorothy Davis April 20, 2016

    Hi, My husband, Dennis, and I sponsor a little boy named Jesus Vicente Argeaga Chilan who attends the center in Picoaza-Portoviejo, Ecuador. We are very concerned for him and his family and are praying they are safe.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 21, 2016

      Dorothy, we appreciate your care and concern. As of the most recent update Jesus Vicente and his family were not affected by the earthquake. God bless you!

      1. Dorothy Davis April 22, 2016

        Hallelujah!! Thank you!! We will continue praying!! We were so worried as it looked like he lived in one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake. Praying for all the children and families affected by this.

  75. Todd Aubol April 20, 2016

    Is there any word yet on the status of the Nueva Vida (New Life) Student Center and the sponsored children that frequent this center?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 20, 2016

      Hi Todd! Your precious Melissa does live near Guayaquil, which did feel tremors from the quake. As of this morning, we have not received word that her center has been affected. If the staff informs us that she has been impacted, we will be sure to notify you as soon as the information is available. I know how scary this situation is for sponsors. Keep praying for her family and remember that God is in control, even in terrifying situations like this. Pray that our staff and children continue to draw strength from Him.

  76. Steve Meyer April 20, 2016

    My wife and I sponsor a boy name Diego Saul Mendoza Rosado and he lives in Ecuador. Can you give me any information on him? Thanks Steve

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 20, 2016

      Steve, Diego’s project is located near the coast where the earthquake struck. Although I don’t have any more specific information to give you yet, I do want you to know that our staff is working to check on Diego and his family. We will notify you if his family was impacted by the earthquake as soon as the information becomes available. For now, please keep praying for him!

  77. Ben Payne April 20, 2016

    Our family is so saddened by the news of the earthquake in Ecuador. We sponsor 2 children from Ecuador and we pray they have not been directly affected. Emili lives in the mountainous community of Ibarra and Jesus lives in the coastal community of Ciudadela Grelia Reyes. Is there any additional information that Compassion has on the well being of these precious children?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 20, 2016

      Hey Ben! I know how troubled your family’s hearts must be for your precious kids, Jesus and Emili. Emili’s project is on the other side of the mountain range from where the earthquake occurred, so I think she is probably ok. Jesus does live south of where the worst damage happened, but our staff will be sure to check on his well-being in case he was affected by the earthquake. Regrettably, I don’t have definitive information regarding your children’s safety at this time, but we will notify you as soon as we do. Keep praying safety and peace over your sweet angels, Ben. If you get the chance, I’d encourage you to send them a quick letter letting them know that you are praying for them too. That would mean so much to them.

      1. Ben and Maria Payne April 21, 2016

        We continue to pray for our precious compassion children. Is there any updates on Jesus?

        1. Sarah
          Sarah April 22, 2016

          Hi Ben! Jesus’ project is not currently on the list of those that have been affected. Our teams of staff members are still working to check on every child. If we receive an update on Jesus that indicates he has been impacted by the earthquake, we will absolutely notify you.

          1. Ben and Maria Payne May 2, 2016

            Thanks Sarah for your informative replys. It has been several days now since our last request. And our family continues to pray for Emili and Jesus. Is there a chance that you have a more definite idea if these beautiful children are OK?

            1. Emily Vanhoutan
              Emily Vanhoutan May 2, 2016

              Hi Ben and Maria! Thank you for your continued prayers and concern. We have been receiving updates each day from our office in Ecuador as they continue to asses the damage of the earthquake and check on these children and families. I’m so happy to tell you that as of this morning, neither Emili or Jesus’s centers have been reported as being affected. Please know that if we receive information that either of your precious children were directly impacted, we’ll be sure to contact you.

      2. Katie Doescher April 20, 2016

        Sarah

        We too have a child we sponsor in Ecuador and it looks like his area has been hard hit too. I appreciate your comments and really like your idea of writing letters. Thanks for your encouragement.

        Katie

  78. Jean Reah April 19, 2016

    The little girl my husband and i sponsor is named Erika Paredes. I don’t know what part of Ecuador she and her family are in, but please let me know as soon as you know how they are.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 20, 2016

      Hello Jean. Thank you so much for expressing your concern for Erika. Her project is actually located almost directly in the middle of the country, so she should be safe. If the staff inform us otherwise, we will absolutely be sure to contact you immediately to let you know how she has been affected. Please continue to pray for the country as a whole, our staff, and our affected children.

  79. Jayne Gray April 19, 2016

    Our Compassion child, Fernado, lives in Guayaquil. Is there any way to find out if he and his family are ok? As of last night they had t gotten word of his well-being. So many prayers are being sent up on their behalf!

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 20, 2016

      Hi Jayne! Thank you so much for the concern you have for Fernado, your sweet little guy. Staff is still assessing the damage and collecting information on all of our children in Ecuador after the earthquake. Fernado’s project is located quite a ways further south than the area that was impacted the most, which means he was likely not affected. Our staff will be sure to verify that he is ok, and we will contact you if we find otherwise.

      1. Jayne Gray April 20, 2016

        Omagosh, thank you so much for that information! Our family has been worried sick about him! Thank you for putting our minds at ease a little bit.

  80. Cory Henderson April 19, 2016

    is there any update for “Lomas de San José-Canton Rocafuerte” our sponsered girl is from there and we have not been able to get any information.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 20, 2016

      Cory, we do not have an update regarding Dayanna yet. I know you are incredibly worried for her safety, and we will update you and all of our sponsors with children in Ecuador as we receive information. Right now, our staff are working to assess the impact of the quake, collecting information and helping provide relief to the impacted families as they go. Please continue to pray for the safety of our staff and those involved with rescue and recovery efforts in the affected areas. Pray also for the children and their families who have been directly affected.

  81. Marty Wolff April 19, 2016

    I am concerned about the safety of my sponsored little girl, Lisbeth Cruz. The village she lives in is La Troncal. I am not exactly sure where this is located in relationship To the quake in Equador.

    1. Susan Sayler
      Susan Sayler April 19, 2016

      Hi Marty! I appreciate your care and concern for your child. We are still assessing the damage and collecting information on all of our children in Ecuador after the earthquake. Lisbeth lives farther south than the hardest hit areas in Ecuador. It looks like she was likely not affected but if we find that she has been, we will notify you.

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