From the shelter where she lives in with 200 other families, she does not stop dreaming about better days in Pedernales.

The hope Mayerli has is stronger tan the earthquake that devastated her city, this past 16th of April.  “As days goes by, this will pass and Pedernales will be even better than it was”, she says, like wishing to the heavens.   Her name is Mayerli Bone Valencia, she is 12 years old and lives with her family in a shelter located at the local terminal.

“I was in shock after the earthquake” says Mayerly.

The earth shook while she was in church with her family.  “At first it felt quite mild and I thought it would pass”.  But then I stood up, everything moved and all collapsed. I felt like paralyzed, I was really frightened”.  At that moment, she ran outside to the highway with hers sisters and saw how the lampposts were shaking and falling to the ground.

After the earthquake, Mayerli, her parents and her brothers had to stay at a temporary shelter with 200 other families.  There, they received Government assistance and from that of international organizations such as UNICEF.

installed, work fine. This opinion is shared with Alison Preciado, a 13 year old child that lives at the same shelter. She also requested that showers be installed, since the heat in Pedernales is intense and they need to be clean and feel fresh.

The authorities were coincidentally working on this matter.

Drops of Life

Having Access to clean water is vital to reduce the impact of diseases after an emergency.  A day after the earthquake, UNICEF distributed 20.000 water treatment tablets in the affected zone.  Moreover, portable toilets have been delivered at the main shelters of the city, as explained by Diego López, Water and Sanitation Officer of UNICEF Colombia, who is supporting the Ecuadorian office in the emergency.

Additionally, UNICEF imported from its warehouses in Panamá and Denmark, first aid supplies such as water storage tanks that have been distributed among the population affected by this catastrophe.

Written by: Diego Brom, UNICEF.

Each story represents the reality of thousands of children in Ecuador.