(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on Saturday, April 16 killing more than 650 people and injuring thousands more. For many in the Latin American country, the earthquake is the largest disaster they've ever experienced. 

CARE has humanitarian workers on the ground in Ecuador and plans to reach 5,400 people with emergency shelter packages including household rubble removal kits, tarpaulins and kitchen sets to help protect people from diseases and to support them as they begin to clear their homes out of debris and rebuild. CARE will provide livelihood support to help accelerate the rebuilding process for some families, and provide psychosocial support to help children and adults to overcome trauma. 

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