Thursday, 27 May 2010

Update

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.