When an 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maule Region of Chile on February 27, it was the second major earthquake to hit the western hemisphere in as many months.
Subsequent aftershocks from both quakes further rattled these communities that had already been grappling with tremendous damage, both physically and emotionally.
Resulting tsunami waves hit the Chilean coast and wreaked havoc on the town of Constitucion. With such devastation and human suffering, our world can sometimes feel unpredictable and frightening.
After the Haiti earthquake, CREED is working to send School Kits to the children of that country, after its citizens and government have been able to recover and the children will be back in school. CREED will do the same thing for Chile. While Chile is not the poorest country in our hemisphere—Haiti claims that unfortunate title—the need is still great.
Chile is one of South America’s more prosperous countries. According to Wikipedia, Chile, “leads Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, quality of life, political stability, globalization, economic freedom, low perception of corruption and comparatively low poverty rates.”But, this was before the world’s fifth largest earthquake since 1900—the first year seismic data began being collected—hit the country. A natural disaster such as this, often times sucks productive growth and development out of an economy.
It is estimated that about 500 people were killed in the earthquake, with many more still missing. Residential, governmental, and commercial buildings and hospitals were razed; bridges collapsed; some looting further exacerbated the awful situation.The quake affected 1.5M Chileans and damaged 500,000 homes. These homes are where children studied, did their homework, and kept their school supplies. President Michelle Bachelet has said the country will need three to four years to rebuild. The children of Chile can’t wait this long for an education.
For just $10, you can send a school kit to a child in Chile, shipping included. Maybe you’re a parent, and want to send one kit in honor of each of your children who are fortunate enough to live in America and learn under its educational system. Maybe you have nieces and nephews or grandchildren, and want to send as many kits as these relatives for whom you buy gifts each holiday season.Or maybe you simply want to send a school kit—or two or three—because you feel it’s the right thing to do. Education empowers people to rise up and make their communities better for both themselves and further generations.