We, the Board and staff of the Global Fund for Women, continue to keep our sisters and colleagues in Chile in our thoughts and prayers. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake was 35 times stronger than the recent 7.0 quake in Haiti. The death toll is now in the hundreds; Constitucion and Conception were the hardest hit. The destruction to homes, buildings and entire villages is, in President Michelle Bachelet’s words, “catastrophic”.
We strongly encourage our grantee partners in the affected area to use their funds to attend to immediate humanitarian needs; and prioritize requests related to the crisis. If necessary, in the coming months we will accept grant applications to address the gender-specific needs in rebuilding and reorganizing communities affected by the devastation.
The Global Fund for Women is not a direct relief agency. Our mission as a grantmaking organization is to strengthen women's organizing and women's groups and ensure they have the funds and resources they need in the long term. One way you can help is to make a donation to our Crisis Fund.