Highlanders Making a Difference
Whenever and wherever there is a natural disaster, UC Riverside’s campus feels its impact in unique and critical ways. With students from more than 60 countries, we understand that many members of our UCR family may have relatives and friends living abroad in areas touched by crisis.
This website has been created as a way for UCR students to find on-campus resources, to stay informed about UCR’s own relief efforts, and to actively get involved in the international community's campaign to provide support and relief.
Through donating money and volunteering, we encourage everyone to find ways to help disaster victims rebuild their lives. We also hope that any crisis abroad informs UCR students, faculty and staff about ways to serve in our own communities.
Powerful earthquakes of 7.8 and 6.0 have shaken Ecuador since April 16, killing nearly 600 people and displacing up to 25,000 others in need of food, water, shelter and medicine.
Below is a list of international relief organizations and ways you can directly give to Ecuador relief efforts.
- CARE is a humanitarian organization focused on eradicating global poverty by empowering women and girls. CARE teams are in Ecuador working to provide safe water, food and shelter. Donate now
- Unicef has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. UNICEF provides mosquito nets, water kits, tents and other essential supplies to impacted areas in Ecuador. Donate now
- Oxfam is an international confederation of 18 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. Oxfam has mobilized two tons of aid including tools necessary to secure basic hygiene and clean water in affected communities. Donate now
- The Ecuadorian Red Cross has more than 800 volunteers and staff deployed in coastal cities in search and rescue operations, to help those hurt by the quakes. Donate now
- The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency fighting global hunger. The WFP has more than 800 volunteers and staff assisting the most vulnerable people affected by the earthquakes. Donate now
- The Center for International Disaster Information posts lists of organizations that are responding to disasters. Learn more