By human suffering standards, the 7.0 magnitude
Almost two months later, on February 27, 2010, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck 35 miles offshore from the town of
A Wall Street Journal article estimated the cost of the earthquake in
People all over the world opened up their pocketbooks to assist the efforts of rebuilding
Recently I learned about three small businesses that were trying to do their part in helping the people of
The Water Monster, a one year old
Shown below is a short video about the highly portable water dispensing equipment The Water Monster wants to donate:
Francoise E. Luca, a principal in Westview Marketing, a small Austin based marketing company and Hector Siordia, owner of HS Designs, an Austin PR and advertising agency stepped in to help The Water Monster. Luca has ties to
No one in these three companies realized how hard it would be to make a non-monetary donation. Luca using a Twitter account monitored what was happening in the numerous small towns and villages near the earthquake’s epicenter. She listened to Chilean radio stations on the Internet and learned where the need for The Water Monster’s products was the highest.
Luca learned that if they could simply afford to ship the systems to
One day Luca thought she had a break. She learned of a
Luca contacted the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Catholic Relief Services, Shelter in a Box, US Aid, the Clinton Foundation and several other private organizations. Luca has run into many road blocks, but like many other small business owners she continues to be persistent. Her latest hope came recently when she received an email from the
Luca is hoping that Embassy staffers rounding up plastic sheeting can help combine the plastic sheeting or tent donations with the 1,000 lb tank donation to qualify for the
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