As many of you know my country has faced a tragic event in the last few days.
There is no simple way to describe what it means to live through something like this.
In 1997 I woke up in the middle of the night, my mother screaming. Everything was moving around me even though I was still, there was a low and costant noise and it sounded like a growl. Mom threw me out of bed and we crowled under my desk while my books and crayons rattled above us.
School were closed the next morning and that's the sole reason why, when the next morning the earthquake hit again stronger and longer, my brother and I are alive.
Our school were so damaged we spent the following year attending classes in containers, our house deamed an unsafe environment so we lived in tents for six months.
We buried the dead, we rebuilt what crumbled and stenghted what had survived.
Three nights ago, in the middle of the night we were woken up again and forced to leave our houses because of that same nightmare. Forced to remember that sleeping in our cars was in itself a priviledge. Almost 300 people never woke up.
The old, country side villages and towns were wiped out.
Many of the fellow Guardians I worked with a month ago reached out to know wether I was safe and if there was any way they could help. I am safe, my hometown this time held up. As for the help, there are many ways and they are all important, appreciated and welcomed.
In no way anyone should feel pressured to donate if they can't afford it or don't feel comfortable doing so. A prayer, a thought or any expression of love would mean the world for those who had to leave everything -and in some cases everyone- behind.
If however you do feel inclined to donate for assistance and recostruction I will use this platform to share some links where you can safely do so.
Scavangers, conmen and just generic assholes that wish to profit from this tragedy are a reality so please check carefully if you decide to roam free and find a charity by yourself.
The links below are those that were endorsed by our government crisis task forces, our national press and the ones I used myself.
Thank you for sparing me a thought Guardians <3, I miss you guys so much and as per usual your warmth crosses every ocean. Now if I am allowed any wish at all it would be to share some of that love, some of that warmth with those who are going to sleep in the cold tonight and for many nights to come.
Love you guys so much,
Croce Rossa - Red Cross is our first response team, they deliver medical assistance as well as food and shelter, set up camps and they work back to back with our government issued task forces. Despite its name the Red Cross is not a religious organization and does not embrace any political or regious agenda.
Save The Children - They work for better and safer enviroments for kids, they're helping with clothes, setting up schools and toys for children all over the world. They are cooperating with the communities hit by the earthquake.
There are others I'm looking into but they're either a little hard to navigate because of the language barrier, still unverified or region locked. I will keep updating this post as other links come through.