Chilean Wildfire Response

On February 2nd, extensive wildfires began raging through various regions of Chile, considered the deadliest in the country’s history. Firefighters are facing significant challenges in controlling over 160 blazes that have persisted for several days.

Chilean authorities have confirmed a toll of at least 131 lives lost, with numerous individuals still unaccounted for. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction anticipates a further increase in the death toll as hundreds remain missing, emphasizing the severity of the ongoing crisis.

CAF America is committed to supporting the vital relief efforts underway to recover from this devastating disaster. We have reached out to all of our eligible charities with operations in the region to confirm their work in response to the disaster.

As an organization committed to enabling cross-border charitable giving, CAF America stands ready to assist US donors wanting to support the ongoing relief efforts. Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to assist you: info@cafamerica.org or 202-793-2232.

Organizations Responding to the Wildfires in Chile

The organizations in the list below are working to provide relief and are currently vetted and eligible to receive grants from CAF America. You can support their work by clicking on the organization name or by contacting your fund manager to make a grant from your fund.

Organizations in Chile

Brigada de Bomberos Artificio (Corporación pro ayuda bomberos de artificio)

Brigada de Bomberos Artificio (Corporación pro ayuda bomberos de artificio): Brigada de Bomberos Artificio is assisting by providing fire brigades with PPE and other equipment.

Desafío Levantemos Chile

Desafío Levantemos Chile: Desafío Levantemos Chile is helping affected families with basic necessities and debris removal.

Corporación Red de Alimentos

Corporación Red de Alimentos: Corporación Red de Alimentos is the largest food bank in Chile and is providing support to families impacted by wildfires in addition to firefighters.

Cuerpo de Bomberos de Catemu

Cuerpo de Bomberos de Catemu: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Catemu personnel traveled to Viña del Mar to provide relief for firefighters in the area.

Cuerpo de Bomberos Colina Lampa

Cuerpo de Bomberos Colina Lampa: Colina Lampa Fire Department has been working through relay systems with personnel and pump trucks in Valparaiso, directly supporting firefighting.

Cuerpo de Bomberos de Llay Llay

Cuerpo de Bomberos de Llay Llays: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Llay Llay brought food, water, and cleaning supplies to the affected areas in Vina del Mar and Quilpue; grants would support reconstruction efforts. 

Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santiago

Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santiago: CBS dispatched over 100 volunteers, plus equipment, vehicles, and command officers to the affected area.

ONG UFACEC Valparaíso

ONG UFACEC Valparaíso: UFACEC Valparaíso’s volunteers are helping to remove debris, form firebreak lines, and provide first aid.

Organizations in the USA

World Central Kitchen, Inc.

World Central Kitchen, Inc.: WCK has restaurant partners in Chile helping to provide meals to families in the communities hardest hit by wildfires.

Organizations around the World

Comite de Ayuda a Desastres Naturales y Emergencias Nacionales A.C.

Comite de Ayuda a Desastres Naturales y Emergencias Nacionales A.C.: CADENA Chile responded immediately by sending a team to Valparaíso. They are helping coordinate water, food, and mattresses for affected people, volunteers, and the fire department.

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