Anyone wishing to donate to Chile earthquake relief efforts can now do so just by pressing a few buttons on his or her cellphone. After the Haiti earthquake in January, text donations totaled more than $40 million.
“We’re facing an emergency unlike anything else in Chile’s history,” said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Sunday, a day after the earthquake hit central Chile and killed at least 708 people.
One of the most developed countries in Latin America, Chile did not immediately appeal for foreign aid. "We generally do not ask for help," said Ms. Bachelet. But on Monday, she opened up to foreign assistance, saying that Chile faces ''a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort to recover."
The Mobile Giving Foundation, which organized text message relief for Haiti, has vetted the following organizations for donating to Chile: