A resident of Talca, Chile, walks amid debris of a destroyed house after a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia).
March 7, 2010
We wanted to update you on Chile . You may know that tremors and ongoing earthquakes registering as high as 6.6 (equal to the one that just hit Taiwan) have continued as part of the aftershock, in addition to the Tsunamis that have swept away costal towns. Talca , where Angelica’s family lives, is one of the worst hit areas. Fortunately, Angelica’s mother’s home is structurally OK and it has become a center of operations for support and relief to others. Frans, Angelica’s Belgian husband, has raised money in Europe and is now working from home in Talca with Chileans and Belgians who came over with him to help with emergency shelter, food, clothing, eco-baños and whatever is most needed. The celestial ceiling of stars in the Chilean night sky has been what so many are sleeping under, thankful for no rain.
Needs are constantly assessed and addressed as they change. Many of you may know that Angelica’s mother, Lala, has dedicated her life to serving and helping to empower the disabled, disenfranchised and poor in this area of Chile . When she was a school principal she really began to invest her resources into serving the families of her school who, for years, had lived near the school along the railroad tracks in makeshift shacks without electricity or water. They were displaced families who had originally come to the federal land along the tracks in search of work, but what was temporary became a permanent, impoverished community. Their children came to Lala’s school. Over the years, Lala worked with this community to help them get water, electricity and better housing as she also educated their children. Now so many people are in this same situation, a strange kind of leveling field. Many are without housing and basic conditions for living, including the original community that Lala first served.
As our family has traveled to Chile , we came to know and love Lala’s work first hand, donating our resources as well. Lala has inspired many to do the same, and eventually formed a foundation, Casita de Kathy, in memory of my sister. Lala and Angelica knew Kathy’s home as a center of love and outreach to others. Kathy never got to visit Chile , but Lala came to visit Indiana when Angelica lived here. Lala was deeply moved by Kathy’s love and compassion. She always talks about Kathy’s love and compassion still living on in Casita de Kathy. Now Casita de Kathy is serving so many who only have the Heavens for their covering.
Thank you for all your prayers sent. Angelica and Lala have told me that they feel the power of prayers sent, giving them deep peace, vision and energy. There are beautiful stories that I’m trying to keep track of. Prayers sent are powerful.
The photos on this page are from a picture story at the Boston Globe. To see the entire story go to:
March 11, 2010: Today a 7.2 magnitude earthquake aftershock struck 77 miles west-southwest of Santiago, half way between, Santiago and Angelica's hometown of Talca where our relief efforts are focused (U.S. Geological Survey). In addition, three other aftershocks occurred today - 6.9, 6.7 and 6.0 - at Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile, 100 miles from Talca. As a reference, the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 was a 7.0 magnitude.