Mexico Earthquake Relief
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Program Summary

On September 7, 2017, one of the most lethal earthquakes in Mexican history, a devastating 8.2 magnitude quake hit close to the southern state of Chiapas. Just 12 days later and a few hundred miles away, a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked central Mexico, toppling buildings, breaking gas mains, knocking out electricity and sparking fires across the city and other towns in central Mexico.

All Hands and Hearts has identified one of the hardest hit communities, the small village of El Jicarero. Now our team is on the ground and partnering with Happy Hearts Fund Mexico to reconstruct the Narciso Mendoza Primary school, which will include 6 new classrooms, WaSH facilities, a multi-purpose room and a computer lab, alongside landscaping and fencing for the school. The new classrooms will enable 151 current students and 400+ projected students over the next 10 years to move out of their temporary classrooms and back to school. This will be our tenth disaster resilient school rebuilt in Mexico.

In addition to working in this area, we have identified a great need in a small village called ‘Nicolás Bravo’, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Here, the earthquake created significant structural damage to the Vicente Guerrero Primary School. We will work to retrofit 6 classrooms, a computer lab and the library. Additionally, we will repair their WaSH facilities, perform electrical installations and rebuild the perimeter wall. Once complete, this school will enable 176 students to return to a safe and disaster-resilient learning environment.

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NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Mexico.

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Program Work

The goal of our Morelos program is to rebuild Narciso Mendoza Primary School. Located in Jicarero in the Jojutla Municipality, this school consisted of 6 classrooms, 1 computer room, 1 bathroom, 1 office, 1 cooperativa, and 1 unfinished multipurpose room. The school was nearly destroyed during the earthquake, causing students to now learn from Temporary Learning Centers.

Rebuilding disaster resilient schools

At the Narciso Mendoza Primary School, the scope of the project is to rebuild the six classrooms, a computer room, a multipurpose room, toilets, as well as repairing damaged walls and pathways. At the Vicente Guerrero Primary School, we are to retrofitting six classrooms, a computer lab and library, performing WASH repairs and electrical installation, fixing existing walls and finally, building a stronger perimeter wall around the school.

Rebuilding disaster resilient schools

At the Narciso Mendoza Primary School, the scope of the project is to rebuild the six classrooms, a computer room, a multipurpose room, toilets, as well as repairing damaged walls and pathways. At the Vicente Guerrero Primary School, we are to retrofitting six classrooms, a computer lab and library, performing WASH repairs and electrical installation, fixing existing walls and finally, building a stronger perimeter wall around the school.

Installing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) facilities

The toilet facilities at the Narciso Mendoza Primary School sustained significant damage which we will repair; specifically, we will be repairing two bathrooms for students, and two bathrooms for teachers – both gender specific.

Water Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities
Water Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities

Installing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) facilities

The toilet facilities at the Narciso Mendoza Primary School sustained significant damage which we will repair; specifically, we will be repairing two bathrooms for students, and two bathrooms for teachers – both gender specific.

Community Infrastructure Repair Mexico

Repairing community infrastructure

Our team is rebuilding the canteen which gives parents the opportunity to cook food that students can purchase.

Community Infrastructure Repair Mexico

Repairing community infrastructure

Our team is rebuilding the canteen which gives parents the opportunity to cook food that students can purchase.

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The Teaching life

How a 7.1 magnitude earthquake couldn’t stop the teachers of Morelos, Mexico.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy

Nancy is a teacher at the Narciso Mendonza’s school who volunteers on Saturdays to help rebuild the school where she teaches.

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