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Rebuilding Chile, one house at a time

March 11, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Chile’s first response to the recent earthquake is taking place in Curepto, where it is estimated that 70 percent of the houses are uninhabitable, leaving thousands of families homeless.




— Habitat for Humanity Chile has partnered with other response organizations, local governments and communities in the areas affected by last month’s major earthquake, offering a rapid response to housing needs in low-income communities. The first phase of their response is taking place in Curepto, a community located in the Maule region, just northeast of the province of Talca. Curepto was severely affected by the quake, leaving roughly 70 percent of the houses uninhabitable and thousands of families homeless.

Local authorities in Curepto have lent a meeting space to this network of organizations, where they can hold meetings and coordinate local volunteers who are helping in the clean-up of debris left by the disaster, in preparation for the construction of new homes.

Habitat for Humanity Chile, while continuing to evaluate needs in the affected areas, has launched a first response that aims to build 36 “progressive” houses, similar to the core houses that Habitat for Humanity International will be building in Haiti. These progressive homes are basic, permanent housing units that can be expanded over time.

Construction will begin on the first 20 homes in Curepto this week. The other 16 houses will be located between Los Angeles and Puerto Saavedra. In each of these regions, Habitat for Humanity is working as a partner to local government to attend to low-income communities affected by the earthquake.

“Together, we can rebuild Chile, one house at a time,” says Diego Apolo Buenaño, communications coordinator for Habitat Chile. “The capacity of Habitat for Humanity Chile to respond will depend on your support.”

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