2010 Levantando Chile Fund Donors
As we welcome in a new year, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress NESsT has made through our Levantando Chile Fund to support the fragile communities ravaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake nearly a year ago.
Immediately after the February 2010 earthquake and tsunami in Chile, NESsT mobilized to address emergency housing needs and to recover the income streams for low-income producers in the affected areas. Over 700 people were killed, 500,000 homes sustained considerable damage, and nearly 2 million people were displaced. NESsT’s local presence and capacity allowed us to respond rapidly to this emergency situation. Our longstanding experience of working with civil society organizations in Chile since 1999, and particularly with those in the affected areas, allowed us to quickly assess the priority needs and expedite the process of delivering financial and other support.
In early March, NESsT established the Levantando Chile Fund to channel resources to local nonprofit, civil society organizations benefiting those communities that were most affected by the earthquake and tsunami. NESsT has leveraged over US$1 million for Levantando Chile from donors in over 20 countries around the world. The outpouring of support from people like you, reminded us that we were not alone in these difficult times and allowed us to respond quickly with resources and concrete actions:
1. Rebuilding homes - emergency family housing: The first funds raised for Levantando Chile through an event in New York with Puro Chile were given to Chile Ayuda a Chile as part of Fundación Teletón, helping to build 30,000 emergency homes in the areas most affected by the earthquake.
NESsT then joined forces with Wines of Chile (WoC), the promotional arm of Vinos de Chile, the Chilean wine industry trade association committed to promoting Chilean wines around the world. Together with WoC in Chile, the United Kingdom and the United States, NESsT has raised funds from over 10 wine industry sources to assist families living in Chile’s wine regions devastated by the earthquake. With support from Levantando Chile, 20 houses are being built by Habitat for Humanity Chile enabling vineyard workers to rebuild their homes and resume their daily lives. Levantando Chile has made a further significant donation to Fundación CasaBásica for the development of additional housing to be donated to families living in Chile’s wine regions that were most damaged by the earthquake.
2. Rebuilding lives & livelihoods - supporting micro entrepreneurs
Following the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, NESsT quickly shifted the focus of Levantando Chile to supporting long-term efforts of rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of families in the devastated communities. We are proud to report that to date, NESsT has provided financial, technical and psychological support to hundreds of micro entrepreneurs in the most affected areas in Chile, so that they could safely resume their productive activities. In particular, NESsT has supported two local organizations, Relmu Witral in Tirua and Trabajo para un Hermano in Concepcion that are actively supporting these entrepreneurs.
None of this would have been possible without your generous support. But our work is not complete. As we continue on the long road to rebuild Chile, we hope you will consider supporting Levantando Chile again in 2011, as well as the important work of NESsT to develop social enterprises addressing critical social problems across Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe.
Thank you for your support!