Monday, March 8, 2010
Volunteers to build new housing
Un Techo Para Mi Pais and Un Techo Para Chile, which recently received a visit and vote of support from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, have set a goal to build 30,000 emergency houses this year for earthquake victims in Chile.
The Chilean government, through President Michelle Bachelet, formalized support to the organizations to take charge of the reconstruction efforts there.
Rafael Achondo, of Un Techo, wrote to supporters last week to express his gratitude for the response that has already come in.
"In emergencies of this scale human capital is critical, and we really appreciate the thoughts, e-mails, phone calls, and to realize that we really have you all supporting our endeavor with the most neediest families in the continent," he wrote.
Already, he said, 6,000 university volunteers have offered to travel to where families need the most help. Jesuit scholastics from Santiago, Chile's capital, are among the volunteers going to Concepcion to work with Un Techo.
"That shows that the future of the country is in good hands, led by people with a deep social commitment," he wrote.
The volunteer send-off was led by the Chilean President-Elect Sebastian Pinera and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.