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 Mexico City and other towns in central Mexico.
More than a year 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 Mexico within the state of Oaxaca.
Our Oaxaca program began in January 2019, focused 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 is centered around rebuilding seven classrooms, an office, and a library. We are also retrofitting 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 have repainted the playground, begun rebuilding classrooms and begun refurbishment on the pre-schools fence.
We look forward to working with this diverse and culturally-rich community to not only rebuild schools but also establish a safer future for their students, allowing their diversity of culture to thrive for many years to come.
While we know that our efforts in El Jicarero and Morelos have helped to ensure a more resilient future for many students, we realize that our work is not yet complete and look forward to building a beautiful and disaster-resilient school in Oaxaca.
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