By Chile Relief Team (Originally in Spanish)
On April 12, 2014, a devastating fire broke out in the beautiful hilly city of Valparaíso in Chile. The fire, which lasted for two days, is considered the most catastrophic in the city’s history. At least 2,500 homes were destroyed, over 11,000 people were displaced, and 15 lost their lives. Many animals were also left homeless. Injured and suffering from smoke inhalation and burns, they were in urgent need veterinary care.
Deeply concerned about these vulnerable beings, Supreme Master Ching Hai requested our nearby Association members to assist as needed. Our Association members from Santiago and Rancagua purchased medicines and food for the animals which was reimbursed by Master’s contribution of CLP 200,000 (US$360) and CLP 314,786 (US$565) from our Association members. Our relief team delivered the needed supplies to Santiago Girls Lyceum No. 1 of Valparaíso, which was turned into a Field Veterinary Hospital, Trafón Cultural Center in Cerro Monjas, which served as a shelter for humans and animal companions, and Veterinary Hospital of the University of Santo Tomas in Viña del Mar, which housed more than 30 injured animals.
From the Veterinary Hospital, we took home Mikaela, a dog found under debris. Her legs were treated for burns and she needed a temporary home to stay. She became the guest of one our Association members, who also has six other rescue dogs. After two days she was happily reunited with her human caregiver. We wish that all the suffering beings from the fire will recover quickly and enjoy a peaceful and happy life again.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association
for Fire Relief Work in Valparaíso, Chile
|Medicine and medical supplies (antibiotics, patches for burns, eye drops, scar creams, serum arnica drops, anti-inflammatory drugs, syringes, injectable ampoules of morphine derivatives analgesics to treat the pain of the animals, adhesive tapes, gauze and bandages) and vegan food for dogs and cats||514,785.66||A-P|
|Total|| CLP 514,785.66
Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation and food.