Volunteer Profile: Nancy in Mexico
“I love my school, I’ve spent a big part of my life inside of its classrooms”
On September 19, 2017, Nancy Mateos Núñez was giving a painting class to her 6-year-old students in Narciso Mendonza’s school in the village of El Jicarero, Mexico. Some of the children were painting their houses and families, others were painting rivers, lakes or mountains. It was 1:14 PM and the earth began to tremble. Only a few minutes had passed since the annual drill performed on September 19th in memory of the earthquake of 1985. That afternoon, classes had just resumed when the earthquake struck. Fortunately, Nancy was teaching her class outside of the classroom when the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico. “My students are amongst the youngest of the school, so they were very, very scared at that moment. They grabbed at my pants trying to be safe.” The chaos after the tremor was such that two girls went into shock. Read the full story here.