Rebuilding in Chile
It only took three minutes on 27 February 2010 for a massive earthquake to wreak devastation across an 800 km radius in Chile and disrupt the lives of 60% of Chile's population.
As with the earthquake-tsunami disaster in Japan in 2011 and flooding in the Philippines in 2012, Gearbulk worked closely with a local business partner to help with recovery efforts.
This time, Gearbulk teamed up with a customer of more than 30 years, CMPC Celulosa and its own customers. Part of a leading Latin American forest products group, CMPC Celulosa operates three pulp mills in Chile in Laja, Santa Fe and Pacifico. Towns around all three mills were severly affected and many families lost their homes. Especially hard hit were older people for whom rebuilding seemed remote, if achievable at all.
With them in mind, Gearbulk donated 58 prefabricated houses which were assembled with the help of many CMPC employees and delivered mainly to those who would otherwise have not been able to rebuild.
One grandmother, whose husband had died a few weeks before the earthquake, was proud she would be able to provide for her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter with her new home, and content to be able to contemplate the future with a new peace of mind.