Mexico Hurricane Relief

March 2024 – May 2024
Last updated: April 2024

All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) stands committed to supporting communities impacted by the devastating Hurricane Otis, a Category 5 storm that struck in October 2023. Our Program Development Team (PDT) is conducting on-site assessments at a number of impacted schools in the area to plan the restoration of access to education, through the mobilization of our staff and local contractors.


Our Work

We are committed to supporting those impacted by Hurricane Otis and addressing the ongoing necessity of restoring access to education in the state of Guerrero. Following remote assessments of the situation in Acapulco, PDT is conducting on-site assessments to identify and support schools whose activity has been halted since the hurricane.

In order to ensure students and teachers’ return to the classroom, AHAH will leverage our sustained presence in Mexico and engage contractors and local workers to recover five school environments in Acapulco and Coyuca de Benitez by the end of May 2024.

Workers will be removing debris, conducting repairs and restoring the schools to full operational capacity to impact over 820 students and 117 teachers. We will collaborate closely with local partners such as UNICEF, Techo and Save the Children to understand the specific needs of the communities.

AHAH is placing a high priority on the program’s health, safety and security measures. We’ve set up strong protocols to reduce risks, in coordination with local authorities and security experts. By putting our team’s and the communities’ well-being first, we aim to create a safe environment for our operations.

Disaster Profile

Striking in the early hours of October 25, 2023, Hurricane Otis was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Winds up to 165 mph, combined with major flooding, inflicted severe damage to buildings and infrastructure in the state of Guerrero, disrupting communication systems and cutting off electricity to 300,000 households.

The Secretary of Education reports that to this day, 369 schools remain damaged by Hurricane Otis in the state’s major city of Acapulco. 158 schools need priority assistance in cleaning and services, with the majority of students still unable to return to classes due to the damages.

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