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In the early hours of February 27 , 2010, mainland Chile suffered an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale. Following the earthquake, a devastating tsunami hit Chile’s Robinson Crusoe Island sweeping the only school and its contents out to sea.  Tragically, several of the children died that day.

The Fundación Alexander Selkirk was created in 2011 to provide support for rebuilding the school on Robinson Crusoe.

The Juan Fernandez Islands are a sparsely inhabited island group in the South Pacific Ocean, situated some 400 miles off the coast of Chile. The largest, and only inhabited island—Robinson Crusoe—is known best as the spot where Alexander Selkirk (the sailor who inspired Daniel Defoe’s tale of Robinson Crusoe and gave rise to our Foundation's name) was marooned for over four years in the early 18th Century.  Due to its unique flora, Robinson Crusoe is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The village of San Juan Bautista on Robinson Crusoe is the archipelago’s only settlement. It has a total population of around 800 people . San Juan Bautista is also the site of the only school: a municipal establishment for about 13 0 students from 1st through 12th grade. On February 27, 2010, a massive earthquake struck mainland Chile.  This earthquake was followed by a tsunami that devastated San Juan Bautista and swept away t he school building and everything in it. Nothing was left. No books, pencils, chairs or foot balls. No blackboards or erasers. No computers. No Internet. Quite simply: nothing.

It was in these miserable conditions, outdoors, without so much as a roof over students’ heads , that classes started. A “modular school” (reconditioned shipping containers doubling as buildings) was donated to provide an indoor space for students as well as a basic school infrastructure.

Please join us as we actively seek to provide the students with a real schoolhouse furnished with modern equipment, a library , and playing fields.

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