59,583 Swiss francs were designated from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 April 2010 to support the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC) in providing humanitarian assistance to 250 families affected by the flooding of the Napo River.
A large percentage of those affected were indigenous Quechua speakers who live along the Napo River and its tributaries. These communities traditionally obtain their daily food intake from plantain, cassava and papachina. However, these crops were lost due to the flooding. At the end of operation, 295 affected families in the province of Napo (eastern Ecuador), received the final delivery of humanitarian aid in line with the Action Plan of the Ecuadorian Red Cross on 12 June.
The overall Plan of Action of the ERC is valued at 132,090 Swiss francs of which 40 per cent was funded by this DREF allocation. The remainder of the Plan was funded by private sector in Ecuador and the Ecuadorian Red Cross. The National Society is grateful for the support received from its partners to implement its Plan of Action.
During the 3 months of implementation of the overall Plan of the Ecuadorian Red Cross (April-June 2010), 13 beneficiary communities received 1,680 food kits, 590 hygiene kits, 245 kitchen kits, 200 bed kits, 200 protection kits, 295 cleaning kits and 735 drums each containing 5lt of water, psychosocial support, clothing, school uniforms and also benefited from community mobilization activities while returning to their daily routine and recovering their livelihoods. This DREF allocation supported the purchase and distribution of hygiene and cleaning kits, and at least 250 food kits.
The Netherlands Red Cross contributed 28,694 Swiss francs and the Italian Cooperation 20,000 Swiss francs to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp