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Where to donate money for Japan, Ecuador earthquake relief

Rescue workers search the rubble after a 7.8-magnitude quake in Gauyaquil, Ecuador on April 17.
Rescue workers search the rubble after a 7.8-magnitude quake in Gauyaquil, Ecuador on April 17.
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After destructive earthquakes rattled both Japan and Ecuador on Saturday, both countries are working to address the devastation. The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude quake that shook Ecuador on Saturday rose to 350 Monday, according to the Associated Press. It also left an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 homeless. In Japan, a 6.4-magnitude quake on Thursday resulted in nine deaths, while a subsequent 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit early Saturday left at least 30 dead and more than 1,000 more injured, AP reported.

Relief efforts are underway in both countries as humanitarian organizations work to provide direct assistance to victims of these natural disasters. To help you make sure your money is going directly to victims of the quakes, here are the organizations that are collecting. 


UNICEF is working to provide relief for children, including water, food, shelter, protection and healthcare. Mosquito nets from UNICEF have already arrived in Ecuador, along with team members working with the country's government to respond to the emergency, according to UNICEF Ecuador's Twitter feed

Click here to donate, or call 800-367-5437. 

2. Cruz Roja Ecuatoriana

Search-and-rescue operations are under way with more than 800 Ecuadorian Red Cross volunteers and staff active in the field following the quake. American Red Cross is not currently seeking funds for the earthquakes in Ecuador or Japan but said it has worked with Ecuadorian Red Cross for many years, according to a statement.

Click here to donate.

3. Association for Aid and Relief, Japan

The Association for Aid and Relief, Japan responds directly to natural disasters and also assists with reconstruction. You can designate where you want your donation to go when you complete the online form. In the box, type "Kumamoto earthquake" to support relief efforts from the most recent earthquakes in Japan. 

Click here to donate. 


CARE is an organization dedicated to fighting global poverty and responds to countries in emergency situations. The organization is sending in teams to assist the 21 members they already have on the ground in Ecuador — a country they've worked in since 1962. They will work to address needs of food, shelter, water and gloves and machinery for rescue workers

Click here to donate.