Community Recovery: Rebuilding Disaster-Damaged Communities in Chile
From January 2-18, Professor Douglas Ahlers is directing a winter term course for 20 Harvard Kennedy School graduate students, in collaboration with the Regional Office. The course applies economic development and disaster recovery skills in field-based team projects, assisting the residents of the earthquake and tsunami damaged towns of Dichato, Perales, and Cobquecura.
Recupera Chile's Health Initiatives
At the end of last year and in collaboration with the Dichato municipality, Pilar del Canto, Recupera Chile’s health coordinator, Mario Valdivia and Mónica Troncoso, members of Universidad de Concepción's Medical School, coordinated over 400 medical examinations given to local children to determine if they were in need of corrective eyewear.
Community Recovery: Rebuilding Disaster Damaged Communities in Chile
This Harvard Kennedy School experiential learning class, led by Professor Doug Ahlers, brought together for more than two weeks, 20 students who lived and worked in the disaster damaged areas of Dichato, Perales and Cobquecura.
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in Chile
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan COL ’87, GSD, HKS ’95, visited Chile on January 6th and 7th. Part of his agenda was to view Chile’s reconstruction efforts in the Bío Bío region.
A Summer School in Dichato
Recupera Chile, Harvard´s Initiative for community-based recovery, organized, for the first time, a one-week summer school program for children aged 5 to 14 in Dichato, Chile. This program aimed to address some of the health needs in the community, discovered through research conducted by Harvard Medical School Professor Judy Palfrey, Dr. Elizabeth Peacock and Professor Mario Valdivia, from Universidad de Concepción.
Recupera Chile Student Fundraiser
Through the January-term course taught by Professor Doug Ahlers in Chile, twenty Harvard Kennedy School students had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the complex communities of Dichato, Cobquecura, and Perales, and apply classroom-learned, disaster-recovery skills into real world cases.
Harvard Alums Win Second Prize in Chilean Tower Competition
Two Harvard alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Daniel Ibañez (MDesS ’12, DDes candidate) and Tomas Folch (MLA I ’12), in association with Rodrigo Rubio and Sofia Armanet, have recently received second prize in the international competition to build a telecommunication tower in Santiago, Chile.
Recupera Chile Beyond Chile's Border
Chilean national Maria Ignacia Arrasate M.Des.S. ’14, along with another five students of the Harvard School of Design, won first prize at an international academic competition organized by Tokyo University. The Japanese university invited 13 university design programs, including three in the United States, to gather teams and answer a challenge: in 30 pages or less, lay out solutions for helping the remote eastern Tohoku region recover from its triple disaster of March 2011: earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown.
Educational Initiative Implemented by Recupera Chile
Beginning in March, ten students from the Graduate School of Education at Universidad de Concepción (UdeC) started their daily and weekly internship programs at public pre-schools in Cobquecura, Buchupureo, Dichato, Coliumo, Perales and Punta de Parra. Through these internships, students aim to apply Un Buen Comienzo's best practices to enhance the quality of education in the Bio Bio region.
Aquaculture Project in Areas Affected by Earthquake and Tsunami
During their visit to Cambridge in May, DRCLAS Regional Office's Ned Strong and Marcela Renteria reunited at the Harvard Faculty Club with the multidisciplinary faculty team from the Recupera Chile project: Professor Doug Ahlers, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor Judy Palfrey, Harvard Medical School; Professor Miho Mazereeuw, Director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT; and consultants in medicine and aquaculture, Elizabeth Peacock (HMS) and Alexander Mansfield.
Recupera Chile: Advancing Child Mental Health and Development Services
As part of the Recupera Chile initiative, Barry Zuckerman Award winner, Dr. Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers traveled to Dichato, Chile to collaborate with local partners committed to the long-term recovery of the community destroyed by the February 2010 earthquake.
Recupera Chile y UdeC realizan taller de acuicultura para pescadores artesanales
Como parte de las acciones conjuntas de la UdeC y el Proyecto Recupera Chile, del Centro David Rockefeller de Estudios Latinoamericanos, de la Universidad de Harvard, orientadas a la recuperación de localidades costeras afectadas por el maremoto de 2010 en la región, la próxima semana se llevará a cabo el taller "Planes de Negocios en Acuicultura de Pequeña Escala."
UdeC y Recupera Chile formarán “granjeros del mar”
Granjeros del mar es el nombre del nuevo proyecto impulsado por la UdeC y el Programa Recupera Chile, de la Universidad de Harvard, en el marco del trabajo conjunto que han llevado a cabo en la región desde 2010, para apoyar la recuperación de las localidades costeras más afectadas por el maremoto.
Sea Farmers, a New Initiative of the Recupera Chile Project
A four-day workshop took place in August in Laraquete and Coliumo bays (in the Bío Bío Region) to help 17 artisanal fishermen and women learn about small-scale aquaculture production and commercialization. In collaboration with Universidad de Concepcion’s (UdeC) Research and Development Group in Mussel Production (ProMytilus), the workshop was an initiative of the Regional Office’s Recupera Chile Project.
Harvard Alumni Reception in Chile
In August, Ellen Guidera, Harvard Club of Chile’s President, hosted a reception at her home in Santiago, congregating current and former leaders of the Club, members of the Club’s Advisory Board, Harvard faculty member Judith Palfrey, DRCLAS staff, and recently admitted Harvard students from Chile. The reception served as an opportunity to share the new initiatives of the Club this new academic year.
Granjeros del Mar Initiative Moving Forward
This past month, DRCLAS and Recupera Chile staff met with representatives from CORFO-Bíobío, Innova-Bíobío, Sernapesca, Subpesca, Seremi of Economy, and Universidad de Concepcion (UdeC) to present the "Integrated Coastal Development: Sea Farmers initiative" (or Granjeros del Mar initiative), and discuss funding opportunities for the development of 13 aquaculture projects in the Bío Bío region.
Granjeros del Mar Gourmet in Valdivia
From December 12-14, members of the Recupera Chile project participated in the Feria Gastronómica Marina (FEGAM) in Valdivia, Chile to promote the "Integrated Coastal Development: Sea Farmers initiative" (Granjeros del Mar). This event served as an opportunity to promote Granjeros del Mar's artisanal products to a community specialized in gourmet gastronomy.