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Thanks to the extreme generosity of the friends and family of kayak chile and cascade raft and kayak we managed to raise enough money for a second trip to provide aid to the victims of the recent earth quake in chile.
After the success of our first trip to Tirua we took advise from the military and the red cross and decided to deliver this batch of aid to a smaller town closer to the epicenter which has been missed out by other aid groups as it is so small it is not on all the maps.
So with the funds raised over the last week we managed to buy enough food and life essentials for over 100 families of 6 to live for over 2 weeks, this consisted of one large bag of pasta, flour to make bread and other food products. They also had another bag containing life essentials such as soap, shampoo, bleach and other hygiene products to ensure everyone stayed clean and healthy. We were also able to give them a sag of clothes per family from donations here in Pucon.
Once we had bought all the food and collected all the clothes we were faced with the challenge of making the individual bags for each family, luckily that day David Hughes from the New River Academy had seen the photos from our previous trip and phoned to ask if there was anything there students could do to help.
So on friday 15 students spent the morning at the red cross in Pucon making up the ration bags for us to deliver the following day.
On arriving in Coliuma we found a much higher level of destruction than Tirua but a much smaller population so our aid managed to help every body in the town.
Our 4 wheel drive trucks made it possible to access all the camp high on the hills which had previously been missed by other aid trips as the camps were inaccessible by the large lorries or semis that had brought previous aid.
We are trying to collect for a final trip to Leabu next saturday so anybody thinking of making a donation please feel free to follow the link to the PayPal account.
Thanks again for all your support so far we have helped over 200 families and we have been able to see the true value of our work on the faces of the families we have personally given the aid to.
All money raised is spent on food hygiene products or fuel. No money is wasted on tax, administration costs or vehicle rental as we use our own vehicles and volunteers.
Owner Kayak Chile
Photos from our recent trip to Coliumo to distribute aid from your donations.