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Our priorities are providing immediate assistance to affected children and families – including safe water, shelter and emergency kits, as well as education support. Plan International will support 11,000 pregnant women and 9,500 newborn babies in the first phase of the response. We are also working to strengthen community-based child protection mechanisms that we have implemented in recent years. Updated (25th): Our humanitarian response teams are assessing the damage and identifying communities that are most in need of assistance (21st). During the first 90 days of the response, Plan International will distribute food, household items, blankets and mattresses, and kits for personal hygiene and purifying water. We will focus on keeping children safe and protected as a priority, setting up child-friendly spaces and temporary learning centres where girls, boys and adolescents can relax and take part in sports, music, art and other playful activities that will help them regain a sense of normality. Plan International is appealing for funds for to support earthquake-affected communities in Ecuador. The funds raised will be used for food assistance, child protection and education, among other measures.