Chile Fire Relief
For more than two weeks, Chile has been dealing with the worst fires in the country’s history. Fueled by a record-breaking heat wave, low humidity and high winds, over a million acres have burned from Santiago to Concepción. New fires ignite as fast as others are put out. More than a dozen cities have been turned to ash. An estimated 10,000 people have been displaced and now seek shelter in temporary settlements. Access to clean drinking water is a top priority, and Waves For Water is en route to assist however we can.
“Nobody can imagine what happened in Santa Olga,” said the Carlos Valenzuela, the mayor of the encompassing municipality of Constitución. “What we have experienced here is literally like Dante’s Inferno. We were recovering after the last earthquake, but this tragedy has messed up everything.”
In response to this disaster, Waves For Water will initiate relief efforts in the most affected areas, focusing on implementing potable water stations in the temporary settlements and communities that offering refuge to the fire victims. Our team will work closely with Chilean organizations such as TOPO rescue, Desafio Levantamos Chile, Patagonia Chile and the Punta de Lobos foundation. Many of these teams have already been tirelessly working to battle the ever-spreading fires, and will provide crucial intelligence and resources to make a rapid impact in the hardest hit areas, and communities that have yet to receive aid.
Chile is a country that is accustomed to natural disasters — earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions — but in speaking with volunteers in the field, we’re learning that this disaster has been far worse than the other catastrophic events they’ve experienced in past years. And while this disaster has been overshadowed by a US-centric news cycle, it is a situation that needs our attention now. With many fires still not fully contained, the time to act is now. To support our relief efforts in Chile please donate directly to the fund on this page. Lastly, for updates of our progress in the field, please check back with this page, periodically.
Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement...
W4W Chile Fire Relief Team