What a year, isn´t it? I suppose nobody could have predicted how different our social work wolud be this far of 2020. However, the job´s not done and we just can´t stop fighiting unequity and poverness in our communities.
This past months we´ve achieved several goals. First of all, we had 4 constructions of both, rainwater-collecting systems and emergency homes so families con follow the recommendations given by the World Health Organization about keeping their hands and surfaces clean and also keep a safe distance between each others.
This constructions took place in 4 different States in Mexico, such as Puebla, CDMX, Guadalajara and Monterrey and comprehend at least 5 systems each fully installed by the people in communities (20 in total) protected by our sanitarian protocol in which we are able to protect our volunteers and the families that self-constructed their infrastructure.
Also, this month we had our LATIMOS festival, in which huge artist from Mexico and Latinamerica joined and singed online to help us spread the message and our mission in communities through the pandemic and how important it is that people help in someway.
As our work in human settlements is permanent, this past months we too continued our health info program in the 7 States we work in and kept in touch wuth the people in all of the communities we´re involved in.
For the rest of the year we still have the most of our planned constructions, which we hope will reach at least 40 families more during this already quite long pandemic.
We send you our greetings and huge thanks for helping us continue with our mission!
Even in this hard times, our work towards the communities in poverty situations in Mexico can´t be stoped. Human settlements are even more vulnerable when it comes to this kind of emergencies and people without access to an higenic environment and withour infrastructure that allows them to stay safe, suffer the most the consecuences of this pandemic.
Therefore, this past months we adapted our work model to achieve one goal: "families getting access to clean water in the context of covid-19", so they can follow the recomendations given by the World Health Organization and wash their hands frequently. The way to do this was to focus in one of our quite proven projects, the installation of rainwater collection systems for at least 480 families along the country. This adaptation considers health measures to avoid contagion and the hireing of local people to build the systems so we won´t put volunteers at risk.
So long we have delivered 55 of these systems in different communities in Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro and Jalisco. This will impact around 300 people by gathering an average of 100 L daily per home. Also, families will spare about 5 hours per week that they were using before in getting the water they need to live.
We know there´s still so much work to do and keep motivated and optimistic in the fullfillment of our mission. We hope to continue our productive relationship with you and know we won´t stop.
Besides of house building we are now innovating with water access for those families who we are working with!
In Mexico, the main problem affecting the communities is the lack of access to basic services, especially lack of access to potable water.
Most of the time the closer source of water is located more than 4km from the community, the distance that children and women walked every day carrying buckets with water.
Lack of access to clean running water for personal hygiene, cooking, and cleaning, forces slum dwellers to use unsafe water. This increases the risk of contracting cholera, diarrhea, hepatitis, dengue, and other diseases.
Our project: Family water access.
We want to facilitate a solution to the lack of access to close sources of water through the construction of a water tower with a rainwater harvesting system. Also, empower the community through joint project planning and execution.
It has passed two years since the earth shakes on September 19th, and it feels like it was yesterday when we start working in response to those families affected.
We can resume our work in 964 emergency houses built in 6 different states in Mexico (CDMX, Estado de Mexico, Puebla, Morelos, Chiapas, Oaxaca). We mobilized more than 10,000 volunteers from all the territory to affected communities.
Since that emergency, we started permanent work in Oaxaca, because we realize all the inequality that this region lives.
In TECHO we believe that we can make a real change through civil society support, and we are committed to keeping fighting against inequality and poverty.
The past year and a half we have had working with families victims of the 2017 earthquakes. As a result, and thanks to the effort of many volunteers, donors and other organizations we riched building 650 emergency houses in 6 regions of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico State, Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca, Chiapas). Impacting directly to around 3,240 persons.
This year, we keep working with families victims of another emergency: poverty. We have permanent work in slums to purchase community development. Passing knowledge to inhabitant through making different programs and projects like job training, scholar tutorship, reconstruction of common spaces, playgrounds, community gardens, and others.
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With your donation, you can help TECHO to maintain it works in 7 states of México.
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