Ecuador Relief

In April 2016, a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit the country of Ecuador, claiming more than 600 lives and injuring thousands. Twenty-six thousand people instantly became homeless.

Lori Lizarraga, a reporter for the Bakersfield NBC KGET 17 News, was visiting Ecuador when the quake hit. She helped with the recovery efforts for months before returning to the States. But the devastation remained with her.

When she traveled from Bakersfield back to Ecuador to see how the country had recovered, what she found was disheartening. While progress is underway, recovery is slow and resources are limited.

Her journey captures the long, slow road to revitalization that continues as people work to rebuild their communities.

Bakersfield NBC KGET 17 News has partnered with Covenant World Relief and the local Covenant church in the affected area in a long-term recovery program designed to help families find and create new jobs and small business. Psychological, spiritual, and social care are also available.

Your contribution will make a difference in helping families rebuild their lives and restart their communities.

NBC 17 News will update viewers how those donations are making a difference. Visit for more information about our Ecuador Relief Efforts.

Contact 17’s Lori Lizarraga with your questions about her journey back to Ecuador.