The country gets to its feet
Chile gets organized to help the earthquake victims
Diverse organizations, businesspeople and athletes have supported the thousands of victims of the earthquake registering 8.8 on the Richter scale that hit the country early Saturday morning.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Category: Daily life
They used to enjoy
the magnificent waves of Chile’s
central coastline. Today, after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Chile’s beaches
are for the moment just a nice memory for the thousands of national and foreign
However, they are
not worried about that. On the contrary, they believe that there is no time for
lamentations and that the priority is a different one: to help the thousands of
victims from the natural disaster.
With this goal in
mind, dozens and dozens of people have arrived at the shop Surfise Paradise in Santiago.
Over three tons of aid has been
collected there, including clothing, food and medication. Nine trucks have
already been sent to the area, mainly to Pelluhue Curanipe and Mariscadero in
the Maule Region, one of areas hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami.
Chilean youths have also mobilized to help the victims. One of the
most exemplary cases was the one involving over
200 youths who gathered at the INJUV (National Institute for Youth) Storage Center in La Serena and started collecting products that victims were in
urgent need of. The public response was successful and a significant
quantity of supplies were collected and have already been sent to the affected
For its part, the Chilean Students Confederation
(Confech), together with ministries, municipalities and volunteers,
organized the collection of clothes, food, and cleaning materials, which will
be transported to the catastrophe zone by air. Specifically, the aid is
destined for Pichilemu, Paredones, Hualañé, Licantén, Chanco, Pelluhue, Parral,
Constitución, Cobquecura, Tehuaco, Dichato, Tomé and Penco.
Businesspeople have not stood on the sidelines either when it comes
to reacting to the tragedy affecting Chile these days. In addition to
the fact that machinery has been widely available to remove rubble, there is
the exemplary assistance provided by companies like AguaLate, a company that announced on its social networks that “as
an exceptional situation all sales for the next two weeks will be converted
into donations of water for the victims in the in the Catastrophe Zone.” Their
goal is to reach a total of 20,000
bottles of water, which will be transported by the Chilean Red Cross.
According to the
company, for every seven packs or more, the equivalent in five-liter jugs will
be sent to those who need it most.
Estrategia y Diseño launched the website www.EmergenciaChile.info, an aggregator that indexes all contents in the press, Twitter and Flicker
and organizes it by region and city. In this way it provides precise
information on all of the latest news after the catastrophe.
Another source of
support worth highlighting is that of the well-known business man Leonardo Farkas, who sent 17 truckloads of aid to Iloca, a
coastal town that practically disappeared after the tsunami. In the area you
can also appreciate the work done by former world motocross champion Carlos de Gavardo, who donated
accessories that he used in rallies to help the earthquake victims.
Caritas Chile, the Chilean Catholic Church opened a
special bank account, number 0-082-18-00080-1, RUT 70.020.800-1 at Banco
Santander Santiago. The money will be allocated to the areas that were hardest
hit, while contributions from abroad can be made to the Red Cross’s Citibank
account number 9941973331 Código ABA:
021000089 Address: 153 East 53rd
Street, 4th floor. New York, NY 10022. In the United States you can donate US$ 10 to the
Chilean Red Cross by sending a text message with the word “CHILE” to the
The magnitude of
the disaster also affected national athletes, who despite their physical
distance from Chile
sent messages of support to the population in an attempt to raise the morale of
Chileans. Humerto Suazo, who plays
for Zargoza in Spain, scored two
goals over the weekend and after each one he showed his t-shirt saying Strength, Chile! This is despite the fact that the
FIFA forbids messages of all kinds. For his part, Gary Medel, who plays for Boca
Juniors in Argentina, dedicated the goal he scored against Vélez Sarfield
to the earthquake’s victims. Minutes earlier his teammates had entered the
playing field holding the Chilean flag in a sign of support for the country.
In England, the players at West Bromwich, where the Chilean Gonzalo Jara plays, said that they will wear jerseys with messages
of support for the inhabitants of Chile at the game they will play
this Saturday for the English second division football league.