On February 27th, 2010, Chile was hit by a devastating earthquake, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale. In the aftermath, when schools, books and records had been destroyed, VTR was on the ground in the community, responding to the immediate needs of school children.
VTR continued its support in 2011 and established Digital Libraries for Chile, in collaboration with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Ediciones SM. 50 digital libraries were set up in schools across eight earthquake-affected Chilean cities, equipping them with 2,500 e-readers in total.
The initiative is the first example of its kind in Chile, and it is estimated that the project has benefited 18,000 children.