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 began in March 2018, in El Jicarero, Morelos, where 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 and retrofitted classrooms, enabling 176 students to return to a safe and disaster-resilient learning environment.
Oaxaca – Phase One
Our Oaxaca program began in January 2019, focusing on assisting Celso Muñoz Primary School and Jardin De Niños 13 De Septiembre Preschool. At Celso Muñoz Primary School, we rebuilt seven classrooms, an office and library and provided WASH facilities. We also retrofitted four classrooms, to ensure students have a safe and disaster-resilient place to learn. This school serves 170 students, between the ages of 6-12. At the Jardin De Niños 13 De Septiembre Preschool, we repainted the playground, rebuilt classrooms and refurbished the pre-school’s fence.
Oaxaca – Phase Two
We are proud to announce that we have completed another two schools in Mexico: Itzcoatl preschool and Revolution primary school, of the Unión Zapata community, San Pablo de Villa de Mita, Oaxaca, Mexico.
In addition to our work on the primary schools, we were able to implement a community Disaster Risk Reduction Training program, reactivate a community waste management system and pilot an agricultural education program.
Volunteer Spotlight: Mathieu
While Oaxaca was Mathieu’s first program, it certainly won’t be the last.
See our volunteers in action and stay up to date on the latest program activities.
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