Turning Dedication Into Hope

Dr. Meadows and his family in Tabuga, Ecuador assisting with medical care and construction of permanent housing

In the early evening hours of April 16, 2016, the coast of Ecuador was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the worst since 1979. In the midst of widespread damage and destruction at least 676 people were killed, and more than 16,600 people were injured, making it the worst natural disaster in Ecuador since 1949. An aftershock measuring 6.1 magnitude was felt 4 days later, and officials found it difficult to distribute food and water to those left homeless by the disaster. With over 60% of homes in towns and villages on the Northern coast completely destroyed, over 26,000 survivors fled to shelters.