The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Help after fire

Fire damage

After a fire in April consumed more than 3,000 homes and damaged another 15,500 on the hills of Valparaiso, Chile, the Lutheran-founded EPES (Educacion Popular en Salud Fundacion) is helping provide shelter and plans to offer psychosocial support for children. Some 12,500 people were left homeless and 15 people died in the disaster. ELCA missionary Karen Anderson, director of the EPES International Training Program, said the organization wants to be sure “that [people’s] voices are heard in the rebuilding process so the new homes are solid and safe and the rebuilt communities include infrastructure like roads and fire hydrants to prevent this kind of disaster from occurring again.”


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