The Puyehue Volcano located in Chile began erupting on June 3rd 2011.One of the parts most heavily affected by the ashes has been the area known as Línea Sur in the province of Rio Negro, specifically many towns between Los Menucos and Ingeniero Jacobacci.
Habitat for Humanity Argentina began monitoring the situation early June and by July 9th a response team of volunteers had been dispatched to the town of Ingeniero Jacobacci, as a final destination.
The response team’s mission was done in phases. First, they evaluated the damage and needs of the affected communities. Secondly, using the evaluation, proposed and executed a project that would allow for the most effective intervention in the area.
Until July 18th, the team worked in relieving three neighborhoods on the periphery of Ingeniero Jacobacci named El Faldeo, Estadio, and Ceferino. They also relieved a 30km hamlet known as Atraico.
The team was able to relieve some of the effects of the ashes. Preventative measures to stop ash from further seeping in were taken on 38 homes with the sealing of apertures, windows, and grates with materials such as expanding polyeurathene, duct tape, draught excluders, and plastic nylon.
We would like to thank our donors for the contributions that made this mission possible. Jerónimo, Sofía, y Olivia Velez $500 (ARG Pesos), Vanina Negri and Martín Rimoldi $1312 (ARG Pesos) and 3M donated $100 (USD) in masks and protective gloves. Our volunteers also deserve a huge thank you for their time and efforts. They are Ana Della Bella (Content Production), Vanina Negri (Transportation Contact), Mariana Lipori (Production of Cartographic Information), Juan Aversa y Susana Ryder (Training for the Previous Position), Alejandro Ormeño y Paulina Tovillas.