Alone down the main line. Santa Tere, Chile.

Alone down the main line. Santa Tere, Chile.

May 7th, 2010 ~ Santiago, Chile ~

The rebuilding of homes and lives in coastal Chile is becoming more urgent as winter approaches. People taking a South American snowboarding trip this winter can directly help families in Chile left devastated by the magnitude 8.8 earthquake and tsunami of Feb. 27.

Lone house standing in the waterfront neighborhood. Mariscadero, in Pelluhue. Photo: Carlos Garcia Van Rysselberghe

Lone house standing in the waterfront neighborhood. Mariscadero, in Pelluhue. Photo: Carlos Garcia Van Rysselberghe

USA-based skiing and snowboarding company PowderQuest Tours, personally affected by the disaster, has partnered with Save The Waves Chile Earthquake Relief Fund and is donating $100 for each Chilean ski tour sold this season towards their direct aid efforts.

“The colder weather is threatening the wellbeing of thousands of people left without homes or livelihoods,” says David Owen of PowderQuest Tours. “Families are still surviving in tents and living on donated food.”

Until Feb. 27 the parents of David’s Chilean wife Carolina lived in Pelluhue, on the coast just north of the epicenter. They escaped injury in the earthquake and their house was spared by the tsunami by just meters. While the shell of their house still stands, everything inside it is damaged. The town is in ruinsand many of their friends are homeless.

A young girl gathers fresh water for her family near Pelluhue, Chile. Photo: Carlos Garcia Van Rysselberghe

A young girl gathers fresh water for her family near Pelluhue, Chile. Photo: Carlos Garcia Van Rysselberghe

Save the Wave’s early March donations went straight to the people who needed help, avoiding bureaucratic delays and helping to distribute fresh water, water filters, sleeping bags and tents.

“We started working with Save The Waves in the early days following the quake, as they already worked in the Pacific Coastal communities and are best placed to get the aid to where it is needed. We know where the money is going,” says David. “The new phase is focused on rebuilding communities and giving people back their ability to manage their own lives and earn a living.”

Save The Waves has a team on the ground now aiding in the rebuilding effort. Focusing on the affected coastal region, Save the Waves has pledged to stretch every dollar donated to help local Chilean leaders and community members clean up their coastlines, plant and tend organic vegetable gardens, provide tools and supplies to artisanal fishing communities and buy construction materials.

More information, video and images check it here: http://www.powderquest.com/why-powderquest/chile-earthquake-relief.aspx