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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Haiti/Chile Earthquake Updates

Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors held a teleconference last week entitled "What's with all the disasters? -Philanthropists look for opportunities for impact." The call covered some updates in regards to the earthquake in Chile and some general differences between the earthquake in Haiti and in Chile.

It was estimated that two million people are currently homeless in Chile due to the earthquake.

The main difference between the two qukes is the fact that Chile was in a better position to deal with the affects of the quake vs. Haiti. The structures in Chile were better made and stronger. The government in Chile was better prepared to deal with emergencies. The same goes for emergency response teams in Chile.

The final takeaway from the teleconfernce was that the key will be building a better and stronger Haiti in the future so that disasters like this will not do as much damage. So its crucial that support for long term recovery/rebuliding is considered by charities and donors.

In addition, a recent report states that charities in America have now raised over $890 million for the relief efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti. The report includes the amounts specific charities have raised individually if you want to check it out here.

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