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Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico

by Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico
Earthquake Recovery for Chiapas & Oaxaca, Mexico

 

On September 07, 2017, one of the largest earthquakes during the last years took place in the Coast of Chiapas. It caused damages to thousands of homes and public buildings. It also affected the political, economic and social aspects. This led to a great struggle on communities isolated in rural areas and that are neglected by the Mexican Government.

As a result of this situation, we carried out a series of actions to measure the extent of the damage. We also began with the communities the process of reinforcement and reconstruction of their spaces and educational centers. 

We consider that the participation of the communities' population is essential for the decision making, work and coordination of actions aimed at ensuring that children have better spaces worthy to receive classes. For this purpose, on February, the committee of fathers and mothers, community authorities and Impacto inaugurated educational centers in the Coast of Chiapas. In this event, we recognized the work of every person involved in the reconstructions.

However, the reconstruction efforts will continue in the current year. In order to rebuild the social fabric, it is necessary to follow up the needs of these communities. As an NGO, we consider that your donations are of vital importance to solve the problems generated by the earthquake.

Last year in September, a 7.1 earthquake shook the Mexican territory, the second one in the month. The City of Puebla suffered damages to its infrastructure and a variety of important buildings for the community were left in disuse. Faced with this problem NGO Impacto started a program for the rehabilitation of “La Casa del Alfarero” (The House of the Potter).

 

La Casa del Alfarero is located on Ave. Don Juan de Palafox and Mendoza and old heritage building; inside the house is a 300-year-old oven. Several generations of potters have used it as their main source of livelihoods. Today it is in disuse due to the earthquake of September 19, 2017. This directly affects the community development and represents a danger for the continuity of the pottery practice. Addressing this problem is essential to keep alive the essence of the Barrio de La Luz, a neighborhood dedicated to this ancient clay production.

 

To reverse this situation, NGO Impacto developed the project: Restoration and consolidation of La Casa del Alfarero. Thereby, Impacto Barro seeks with this project:

  • To reconstruct the oldest largest oven in Mexico, using environmentally friendly building techniques (with special attention to the recycling of fumes);
  • To rescue ancestral knowledge of the neighborhood and participating communities and families;
  • To protect the intangible heritage of the participating communities and masters of clay;
  • To provide knowledge for the construction and/or modification of public policies that promote the sustainable development of the city of Puebla;
  • To expand the groups of master craftsmen in the neighborhoods, as well as their capacities and techniques with a view to expanding their market to niche markets (restaurants) and contemporary utilitarian pieces;
  • To promote the work of artisans using traditional techniques;
  • To encourage entrepreneurship through product development, commercialization, and self-management;
  • To transform the space into a center of learning and exchange of knowledge that detonates cultural development.

Going beyond the known territory and expanding towards new horizons, implies an arduous task of planning and joint action with the pottery craftsmen. This would not have been possible if not for your contribution, our donors. We want to thank you for your donations, as we are able to impact livelihoods holistically in the Barrio de la Luz community, the families and the hardworking potter masters. ¡Our team at Impacto wishes you, to your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

A year has passed since that day that would remain forever in our memory. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 23:49 on September 7, 2017, the most intense in almost a century in Mexico, and the most intense recorded globally in that year. The worst-hit states where Chiapas and Oaxaca, leaving a huge number of victims, that was difficult to quantify.

Since the emergency, we initiated support actions in coordination with allied Associations to support the victims. Since then, the work together has been hard but very rewarding. We have carried out the reconstruction of homes, educational centers and productive centers and community centers, which has allowed thousands of people to recover their lives. Seeing so many women, men, children and teeenagers recover their joy, keeps us firm in this process of reconstruction. Solidarity is the engine of this project. All this would not have been possible without the generosity of each one of the donors, to whom we want to thank today.

The reconstruction process is long, we have already completed the first stage, but there is still much to be done. We are currently preparing to start the second stage, which we are sure will be carrying out successfully with the support of GlobalGiving, our allied NGOs, and the donations that we kindly receive for this cause. We will continue to report the progress and details about the activities we will be carrying out in this second stage that is about to begin.

We are encouraged to continue focusing our efforts in supporting the rebuilding not only homes and schools, but also in supporting erecting a society based on collaborative work and solidarity.

On behalf of all the communities and people benefited until now, we want to thank you again for your great generosity and support.

 

Warmly,

NGO Impacto Team

This report aims to demostrate that your donations have been used effectively; at the same time, to assure donors that the actions we are carrying-out have a long-term effect, providing sustainability to the people most affected by the S7 earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca.

At this stage, we worked in collaboration with the setas (fungi) producer Cooperative "Mol Mentes", based in San Cristobal de Las Casas Chiapas, to support the reconstruction of their facilities, which were affected by the S7 earthquake. Due to the damage caused, the economy of all small producers that make up the cooperative was paralyzed, giving that the sale of setas products is their only source of income.

This project included the purchase of reconstruction materials for the production module, the incubation and storage areas. Thanks to your support, the producers now have safe facilities, besides they have managed to execute a plan to recover the harvest and reactivate mushroom production, with a proper and well-designed infraestructure to do so.

The materials with which the module was built was improved. Previously the infrastructure was built of wood and now other materials were used, which allow greater safety for the future and optimal production conditions. With the improvements achieved, the producers have managed to increase their production and the quality of their product, allowing them in turn, to sell them at better prices.

This reconstruction project was of great relevance for the reactivation of the local economy and contributed to the well-being of twenty six families, besides the families of the producers that make up the Cooperative. There is also a number of indirect beneficiaries, as the production of mushrooms is a key element in other productive chains related to setas production in the area.


We would like to thank you for your kind and generous donations to support this Earthquake Recovery & Reconstruction Program. This couldn't be possible without your engagement!

Committed to long-term recovery, NGO impacto keeps working in the Earthquake Recovery & Reconstruction Program. We are coordinating these efforts as a joint force with based-NGO partners to ensure that the families and women artisans have durable homes and safe constructions. Secure spaces lead to economic stability and to empower women to establish their own strength, stability and self-sufficiency.

This report aims to show that your donations have been used effectively, and that at the same time, you can be assured that the actions that we are carrying out, have a long-term effect, providing sustainability to the beneficiaries. In this way, all together, we continue to provide support to those affected by the earthquake of September 7 in Chiapas and Oaxaca.

 

 Housing Reconstruction support at Zinacantán, Chiapas:

Organization: Cooperative “Mujeres Sembrando la Vida”

Location: Zinacantán, Chiapas

Amount: $ 48,000.00 M.X ($2,700 US DLLS)

 

We have focused our efforts on the reconstruction of homes of women artisans in the Mayan community of Zinacantán, collaborating with MSV (Mujeres Sembrando la Vida), a cooperative with which we have been collaborating for several years through our Textile Program.

 We have carried out the reconstruction of three houses that were previously built of adobe, making them vulnerable to earthquakes. Now they have been built with blocks and cement and better foundations, making them more durable and safe. Previously the houses of adobe destroyed by the tremor consisted of a single common room, which was shared by all the members of the family. Now two rooms have been built, one for parents and another for children; and one common room.

 

Reconstruction of the “Crafts House”, at Bochil, Chiapas:

 Organization: Batsil Antsetik

Location: Bochil, Chiapas

Amount: $ 115,000.00 M.X (6,400 US DLLS)

 

In coordination with one of our allied NGO “Batsil Antsetik”, we are working in the reconstruction of the “Crafts House” for productive activities, commercialization and tourist services, in Bochil, Chiapas.

Advances:

• The local craft service was reinforced: a subdivision of the local was made, so that two spaces could be achieved, the upper part will work as a warehouse for materials for the artisans, while the lower part will work as a kitchen area. 

• A bedroom for artisans that come from different municipalities and stay overnight was rebuilt. Both, the roof of the ground floor, and the second level roof were rebuilt with concrete material.

 

We would like to thank you for your kind and generous donations to support this Earthquake Recovery & Reconstruction Program. This couldn't be possible without your engagement!

 

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Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Xochitl Impacto
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico
$25,900 raised of $30,000 goal
 
117 donations
$4,100 to go
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