Karen Anderson Karen Anderson, Founder, Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES) Karen Anderson’s stories New ideas and energy flow between Chile and Haiti and beyond We’ve just been cc’d into an email to Mercy Corps headquarters from Kyle Dietrich, director of youth programs for Mercy Corps in Haiti. “This has been a tremendous and unexpected week,” writes Kyle. “Maxene and I have lots of ideas and a new energy for our challenging work.” Post-earthquake Chile is not Haiti, and hopefully not New Orleans either Six months have passed since the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that flattened a large swath of central and southern Chile in February. "Now I know what to do if it happens again" It’s been a marathon of logistics and preparations, but we are now bringing our tailored-for-Chile version of Mercy Corps workshops to some 800 boys and girls in the towns of Talcahuano, Penco, Coronel, Hualpén, San Pedro de la Paz Video: Thank you for your support for Chile We returned yesterday from our board meeting in Concepción. Three-day training session in Chile brings mentors on board The Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES, Mercy Corps' local partner) Center is humming with activity. Healing the helpers The aftershocks continue night and day following Chile’s 8.8 earthquake on February 27, even though more than a month has passed. On Sunday night, a 4.8 tremor with an epicenter near Santiago set windows rattling and the overhead lamps swaying. Playing earthquake while the ground rumbles and tempers flare The Educacion Popular en Salud (or EPES, Mercy Corps' local partner in Chile) Center here — with its wooden gazebo and jungle gym — is an oasis of respite from the surrounding catastrophe, two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Concepción, Hualpén, Talcahuano and neighboring c Spring of hope: EPES provides emergency water to earthquake survivors In Chile, hard work and messages of hope Hector Reyes —a staff member for Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES), Mercy Corps' local partner here in Chile — and I returned from the earthquake-shattered city of Concepción late last night.