On April 16, 2016, an earthquake of 7.8 in magnitude severely affected 6 provinces of the coastal region of Ecuador: Manabí, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos. 7.9 million people were affected; 49% of the total national population of 16.23 million (INEC 2016), many of whom were already in a vulnerable situation. An estimated 720,000 people were in need of assistance, 70,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and 80,000 people were displaced of which approximately 40% were taking refuge in planned or spontaneous shelters.
As the leader for displacement response in the Humanitarian Country Team, IOM will continuously support the displaced populations in camps, responding and advocating humanitarian needs and gaps through DTM reporting, improve shelter living conditions, and promote durable solutions, including livelihood support. Aspects of protection, gender and resilience will be integrated into all IOM interventions. IOM Ecuador will also focus its interventions on supporting the government recuperate and transition into the recovery phase.
IOM is part of the Ecuador UN Country Team and UN Humanitarian Country team. IOM is the sector lead for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), co-lead for Shelter and Non-Food Items and partner in the Early Recovery sector. IOM works in close coordination with the Ministry of Security Coordination (MICS), the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES) and the National Secretariat for Risk Management in Ecuador; UN agencies including OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and among others, international non-governmental organizations including the International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP), Plan International, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and Save the Children.
Note: the projects below are interventions that are in line with IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address migration issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes.
Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 12,400 IDPs, host communities (1,000), and affected communities (1,400)
Contact Information: Mr. Damien Thuriaux Chief of Mission, firstname.lastname@example.org., Mr. Manuel Hoff Emergency Coordinator, email@example.com. Website: www.oim.org.ec Tel: +593 (0) 3934400
IOM Offices: Country Office: Quito; Sub-Offices: Pedernales and Manta
International Staff: 8
National Staff: 66
- IOM trained 958 representatives from varying government institutions, community leaders and affected communities to transfer camp coordination and camp management knowledge and strengthen the capacities of camp management teams, community leaders and community leaders and affected communities in response to the earthquake of April 16. 2016.
- IOM and its implementing partners distributed 11,788 plastic sheets; 1,833 tool kits; 4,350 bamboos; 600 blankets; 600 mattresses; 385 kitchen sets; 250 ropes and 250 repair kits to approximately 8,800 families.
- IOM constructed temporary shelters for 105 families in affected communities as well as repaired and improved shelters for 250 additional families as well as provided build back safer trainings to 800 members of affected communities and 36 trainings for master builders.
- IOM improved living conditions in 6 displacement camps supporting a total of 188 families enhancing with water, sanitation and hygiene, electrical wiring and communal infrastructure.
- IOM published 9 Displacement Tracking Matrix reports, including two displacement solutions reports to monitor displacement flows and advocate for humanitarian needs and response to gaps.