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.
More than a year after the devastating Earthquakes hit, many schools in Mexico are still unsafe for children to learn in. For this reason, we will be continuing our work in Mexico within the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Starting in January 2019, our program will be focused on assisting the Celso Muñoz Primary School within the Oaxaca state. Sadly, during the 2017 Earthquakes, the school was devastated and resulted in students having to study in temporary learning centres. Our work on the Celso Muñoz Primary School will be focused on rebuilding 7 classrooms, retrofitting 4 classrooms and rebuilding the office and library to ensure that students have a safe and 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. Oaxaca is a state noted for its cultural diversity and long-standing traditions. We look forward to working with this community to rebuild a school that will ensure they build a more disaster resilient future for their students that will allow their diversity of culture to thrive for many years to come.
We initially began our Mexico efforts in March 2018, setting 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. This was our tenth disaster resilient school rebuilt in Mexico. 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.
Whilst we know that our efforts in Morelos have helped to ensure a more resilient future for many students, we know that our work is not done yet and look forward to rebuilding a beautiful and disaster-resilient school in Oaxaca.
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