Physical / Built Environment
There is a need for housing which is being met by the Central, Regional and Local government through the reconstruction program. This program is based on construction subsides or vouchers. Recupera Chile is advocating for efficient and sustainable housing solutions that take into consideration the potential natural hazards that Dichato might face again in the future. Recupera Chile is encouraging the construction of the boulevard and beach facilities as part of Dichato’s infrastructure policies. We believe that those projects will add value to the environment for local people as well as for tourists.
Regarding the natural environment, Recupera Chile is advocating for the preservation of the coast and marine environment. Recupera Chile also advocates for the construction of mitigation schemes in the coast to prevent and/or soften the impact of new potential tsunamis in the area.
Recupera Chile is working in tandem with the local Municipality of Tomé and different local entrepreneurs. The work is guided by the existing recovery/ development plan and all the projects developed are supporting that plan.
The strategy recognizes the importance of tourism for the future economic development of Dichato, but also emphasize importance of promoting off-season economic activities to diversify the local economy.
Recupera Chile recognizes local entrepreneurs and business owners as the engine of local economy. At the same time Recupera Chile diagnosed the opportunity of improvement in many of them. As part of a long-term development strategy, Recupera Chile aims to spur an entrepreneur spirit in the community and also business improvement that will account for household income improvement and job creation.
In order to accomplish the above, Recupera Chile uses training sessions to build capabilities in the business communities so business men can think of their business and business plans in new and better ways through new consulting tools and approaches. These training sessions have the goal to help local entrepreneurs access public funds and subsidies for their new and existing business.
Cultural / Heritage
Recupera Chile advocates for the participation of the community in the reconstruction process, especially in relation with the view that the community has of its future and how they envision Dichato for the next ten to twenty years.
Recupera Chile also aims to preserve local traditions and culture. We are working with local artisans to foster and develop local art crafts recognizing its importance.
Recupera Chile is working with local communities to develop a community center to host a social program. We believe that these community centers will play a crucial role on the communities to foster and develop social programs for different stakeholders to tackle different needs in the community and to spur a community spirit and identity.
Recupera Chile is working intensively with the community to address mental health traumas derived from the tsunami and earthquake trauma, especially in the population below five years old. Child development can be seriously affected by traumas in an early stage and therefore Recupera Chile aims to address this issue by working with the community (teachers, parents and children) to bring children back to the desired path of development.