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.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

In The News - En Las Noticias

A short article about Fernando Silva, our construction coordinator and buyer, appeared in one of Chile's main newspapers recently. You can see the report by clicking here (in Spanish).

Salio recien un pequeno reportaje en La Tercera sobre Fernando Silva, nuestro coordinador de construccion. Haz clic aqui para ver el articulo.