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Donate now to help recyclers’ families whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the forest fires in the Valparaíso region.

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Serious forest fires have killed at least 131 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes according to the Legal Medical Service (SML) of Chile. As of February 2024, according to a census carried out by the Asociación Nacional Movimiento Recicladores de Chile (ANARCH), more than 105 fellow recyclers have been affected, including 26 children and 2 elderly people affected by the spread of the fire, who have lost their homes and belongings in the flames of the fire in the municipalities of Viña del Mar and Quilpue.

Also, 30 homes were affected and many were destroyed by the flames of the fire. On February 6, ANARCH reported the unfortunate news of the death of a fellow recycler. This loss cannot measure the pain and the magnitude of the grief that exists for family members and colleagues of the Chilean recycling union.

Families urgently require support to rebuild their homes, get food and medical health assistance. ANARCH is already working with the affected families but we urgently need your donations by bank transfer and support to do more. 

The funds collected from the campaign will be used to support in the territory, such as reconstruction or access to housing, basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter so that the affected recyclers and their families can stabilize in the face of the crisis due to the loss of their belongings and the impossibility of returning to work during the state of emergency.

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  • Account Number: 21670201845
  • RUT number: 65.183.211-k
  • Bank Address: Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins 1111. Santiago de Chile

For other ways to help ANARCH organization please contact urgently
secretariadeanarch [–at–]

One of the recyclers affected by the fire said “This has left us on the street, our health is affected, we cannot resume our recycling work”; “We are the recyclers who clean the world with our hands, and now our hands are on fire”

According to El País newspaper, this tragedy is the largest that Chile has experienced since the great earthquake of February 27, 2010, which left hundreds of victims due to the earthquake and a tsunami.

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