The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is already in the affected area providing help. (Photo: ADRA Chile)

South America

ADRA Provides Assistance to Those Affected by Devastating Fires in Chile

Adventist agency has made itself available to the community to provide help on different fronts

Chile | Rosse Ramirez y Alfred Müller

The devastating fires in the Valparaiso Region of central Chile have so far left more than 100 dead, 400 missing, and thousands of houses and acres of land consumed by flames. Faced with this tragic situation, as in every emergency, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Chile has mobilized to provide assistance and support to those in need.

ADRA in Action

There are several fronts from which ADRA Chile is channeling assistance to those affected. The Mobile Humanitarian Aid Unit (UMAH) is one of them. It has set up between two shelters, located on Calle 2 Oriente in Viña del Mar, where it is delivering food rations to those affected. It is also offering a laundry service where, during the first day of operation, more than 450 kilograms (nearly 1,000 pounds) of clothes have already been washed.

ADRA Chile's Mobile Humanitarian Aid Unit offers various services in the affected region. (Photo: ADRA Chile)

ADRA Chile's Mobile Humanitarian Aid Unit offers various services in the affected region. (Photo: ADRA Chile)

A mobile clinic is present in Villa Olímpica with the support of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Family Life, which provided the unit where medical attention in ophthalmology, healing, and vaccination against tetanus for the brigaders and volunteers is being carried out.

Among the main needs of the victims are drinking water, food, and personal hygiene products. Some of these items, as well as mattresses and blankets, have been delivered to the shelters where the affected people have settled.

Donation Campaign "Together for the V Region"

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, through social networks and ADRA Chile's website, the donation campaign Juntos por la V Región (“Together for the V Region”) was launched to raise money to continue providing help with various actions. So far, with the support of volunteers and the money from donations, it has been possible to provide the services mentioned.

This catastrophe has been cataloged as the largest in the country since the earthquake of February 27, 2010. There is still much more to do. If you wish to the join efforts to continue support, you can do so by donating at www.adra.cl or transferring funds to the following bank account:

Cta. Cte. N° 35402750

Name: ADRA Chile

Bank: BCI

RUT: 70.051.600-8

Mail: [email protected]

Subject: Help V Region

Send receipt to: +56 9 6533 7296

The original version of this story was posted on the [South American] Division [Spanish]-language news site.

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