Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Further Update

Again, apologies for the lack of news on this site in recent weeks. Things move slowly in Chile!

We are currently in the process of evaluating a number of different projects for Poblacion, including renovating the main Plaza and rebuilding the Calle de Comercio. We are also assisting people with government grant applications to ensure they receive the funds that they are entitled to.

Once we get news of a confirmed project, it'll be posted here straight away.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Corporacion Campo Antiguo

A couple of weeks ago we were finally able to sign the official contracts to set up our not for profit organisation. With this corporation, named La Corporacion Campo Antiguo, we will be able to receive funding for our projects from official entities. Over the coming weeks, news of our possible and confirmed projects will be announced here- there are a number that are being worked on.

In the meantime, here's a photo of the official signing!

Thursday, 27 May 2010


Apologies for the lack of information on this blog in recent weeks. This will just be a quick update as well.

Our initial phase for the reconstruction of Poblacion is over and thankfully we finished before the first Winter rains.

In total, we managed to build around 90 mediaguas which covered 94% of the emergency housing needs for the village. Right now, we're in the process (still) of forming our own legal entity to be able to continue working on the reconstruction of Poblacion.

If you don't see your donation on the spreadsheet, please don't worry. The person in charge of updating the document is away on holiday but will be back soon.

Also, part of the reason why there aren't more photos of the mediaguas and the families in the village is because, although the people in Poblacion are very grateful for the help we have given, they are also very proud and a little embarrassed that they have had to receive handouts. We do not wish to make them feel any worse by having them pose in front of their shelters. We hope you understand this.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Event

Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent news- it's been a couple of weeks since the last post here.

Secondly, the event we held in Poblacion two weeks ago was a great success. During the day, a small feria artesanal was held, with local handicrafts, clothes and food being sold. This was accompanied by Chilean artists painting portraits of villagers and giving a workshop for the local children. At the same time, the sculptors were hard at work, creating a number of works hewn from some rather large boulders.

Later in the afternoon, a number of bands played music and the concert went on into the night.

We are also currently in the process of forming our legal entity, which will enable us to continue with you project for Poblacion in a more official manner. As with most things in Chile, the process is long and bureaucratic but we hope to have everything set up within the next 2-3 weeks.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Event in Poblacion

This weekend, 24th and 25th of April, we are hosting an event in Poblacion to promote our project to rebuild the village.

A number of Chilean artists and sculptors are donating their time and will be working in conjunction with the local community to create works of art that will stay in the village.

Renowned Chilean sculptor Franciso Gazitua will be creating a sculpture which will be the focal point of the main square in Poblacion (to be remodelled in the near future).

In the evening there is an invitation only art exhibition in Santa Ana, featuring art by Ricardo Bullemore.

Our project for Poblacion goes beyond simply building emergency housing. We wish to create a cultural and artistic centre in Colchagua that will promote local arts and crafts and create employment for the people who live in the village. We plan to help rebuild the architectural heritage that was destroyed. This event is the first step in showing that the spirit of the people of Poblacion has not been broken by the earthquake that ravaged the area.

Full list of artists and sculptors:

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Construction - Construccion

Here are some photos of what your donations have paid for.

Construction slowed down last week as we were waiting for the floorboards to be made but things are picking up again now.

In some cases, we've provided timber to rebuild parts of people's houses that were not completely destroyed, giving a permanent solution to some families.

And here are two volunteers we currently have in Poblacion offering their help, Seth and Lee (from the USA and UK, respectively).

And our two local firemen we have employed to help build and also oversee the construction efforts of everyone in town.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Video of Poblacion

A couple of weeks ago, Kyle Hepp, a Chile-based, US photographer who had raised funds to be donated towards the emergency in Poblacion came down to visit. She made a short video of what she saw.

Hace un par de semanas, Kyle Hepp, una fotografa estadounidense radicada en Chile y quien habia recaudado fondos para ayudar a Poblacion vino a visitar. Hizo un cortometraje de lo que vio.

Santa Cruz Earthquake from Kyle Hepp on Vimeo.