We Are One
The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Chile on April 1st triggered a tsunami alert. 972,457 people were evacuated to higher ground. More than 700 strong aftershocks, including one of 7.6 magnitude followed the earthquake, creating emotional instability in the population. Felix Ortiz-Cotto, Global Ministries’ Area Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean, immediately reached out to leadership of partner church, the Pentecostal Church of Chile, and to Global Ministries’ mission staff, Elana Huegel, serving environmental and Christian education with this partner church. Both affirmed that early warnings allowed people to evacuate to safety.
The most affected regions of Arica and Tarapaca received extensive damage to adobe homes and small fishing vessels. Drinkable water supplies remain a challenge as of April 14th with only 40% of the services working normally and 2,000 wells out of 9,000, totally destroyed. Most of the population is showing stress and traumatic symptoms. Through One Great Hour of Sharing, you are on the ground responding through worldwide ecumenical partners in the ACT Alliance with shelter materials, psychosocial support and emergency response trainings. People know that they are not alone.