On September 7, 2017, one of the most lethal earthquakes in Mexican history hit close to the southern state of Chiapas, with a devastating magnitude of 8.2. 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.
Our efforts in Mexico efforts originally began in March 2018, where we set up our base in the small village of El Jicarero. Here we partnered with Happy Hearts Fund Mexico to reconstruct the Narciso Mendoza Primary school, projected to help 400+ students over the next 10 years. Additionally, we identified a great need at the Vicente Guerrero Primary School within Morelos. Here we helped to retrofit classrooms and enabled 176 students to return to a safe and disaster-resilient learning environment. After completing our work in Morelos, we identified that there was still a great need for educational facilities after the earthquakes and identified schools that needed assistance within the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Our Oaxaca program began in January 2019, focusing on assisting the Celso Muñoz Primary School and the Jardin De Niños 13 De Septiembre Preschool, within the Oaxaca state. Our Work at Celso Muñoz Primary School centered around rebuilding seven classrooms, an office, and library. We also retrofitted four classrooms, all to ensure that students have a safe and disaster-resilient place to learn. This school will allow 170 students, between the ages of 6 and 12 to return to school and receive the education they need for a brighter future. At the Jardin De Niños 13 De Septiembre Preschool, we repainted the playground, rebuilt classrooms and refurbished the pre-school’s fence. For the past six months, we have been working hard to bring resilience to Oaxaca. The teams are now entering the finishing stages of work and excitement is building for the celebration at the end of July.
Nearly two years after the devastating earthquakes hit, many schools in Mexico are still unsafe for children to learn in, forcing many students to study in unsafe, temporary learning centers. For this reason, we are continuing our work in within the Mexican state of Oaxaca and our work in Oaxaca will continue into December of this year. This month, we’re starting another program to build more schools. We will be working on Itzcoatl Preschool, which accommodates 27 kindergarten students. Our focus will be on rebuilding two classrooms, the office and bathrooms at the preschool. Additionally, we will be working on Revolucion Primary School, which accommodates 92 students aged 6-12 years old and is located across the street from Itzcoatl Preschool. Here our efforts will focus on rebuilding the roof of the school.
We have a highly experienced team of construction and engineering specialist who will ensure the schools are built to the highest disaster resilient standards, with your help!
While we know that our efforts in Mexico have helped to ensure a more resilient future for many students, we realize that our work is not done yet and look forward to continuing our work in the state of Oaxaca.
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