Levantando Chile Milestones - Our work continues
The first wave of generosity from Levantando Chile Fund donors from around the world is
already showing its results.
On May 26, 2010 two of the organizations supported through the Levantando Chile Fund
were officially awarded with a financial contribution of US$ 25,000 each going towards
continuing reconstruction efforts for their respective communities.
Weavers from Relmu Witral and artisans from Trabajo Para un Hermano-
Concepción are resuming their work thanks to funds provided to rebuild workshops and
purchase tools and supplies.
For Margarita Rencul, a Lafkenche Mapuche who lives in the south of Chile, and member
of Relmu Witral, the help received has enabled her to get back into weaving in the
traditional ways her 99-year-old grandmother had taught her. After the earthquake, she
was finding it hard to resume work because of ongoing fears triggered by the over 300
aftershocks that hit Tirúa, the town where she lives.
Among the support the Levantando Chile Fund provides include psychological aid to help
the women deal with post-earthquake trauma. Many of the women and other Mapuche
communities surrounding Tirúa were too afraid to come to the Relmu Witral headquarters
because it is too close to the ocean and the aftershocks trigger panic. The women’s stress
is compounded by the sudden loss of employment for many of their husbands.
Both organizations are still in great need of support from donors. NESsT will continue to
raise funds to ensure both groups will be fully back on their feet and ready to face a harsh
winter season that has just begun in Chile.
The Levantando Chile Fund’s ultimate goal is for its beneficiaries to be completely self-
sustaining as quickly as possible: living, working and selling their products as they did
before the earthquake and tsunami struck.
NESsT is planning to expand the coverage of the Fund to 400 micro-entrepreneurs living
with very limited income streams and their families, or approximately 2,000 people.
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