Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief

by International Community Foundation
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Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief
Mexico, Puebla and Morelos Earthquake Relief

We are reaching close to 4 years since Mexico suffered 8.2 earthquakes in different areas of the country - the destruction was devastating both physically and emotionally and in Oaxaca, the Istmo communities were greatly affected. During our first and second stages of providing disaster relief, the International Community Foundation (ICF) focused primarily on quick emergency relief. During the third stage, we switched focus to fund long-term projects that would make way for the sustainable recovery of the communities affected. ICF partnered with eleven local community organizations to assess longer-term community needs and provide the philanthropic support to serve those needs. The eleven organizations are located in Oaxaca, Morelos, and Mexico City: 

1. Friends of El Penon 
2. Fundacion Cantaro Azul A.C.
3. Fundacion Comunidad, A.C.
4. Fundacion Comunitaria Malinalco
5. Fondo Unido, IAP
6. Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, A.C. 
7. Proyecto Impacto Consultores, A.C. 
8. Crecemos - Desarrollo Integral de la Juventude Oaxaca 
9. Fundacion Comunitaria Oaxaca, A.C. 
10. Centro de Apoyo Para la Educacion y Creatividad
11. Manos que Reconstruyen Oaxaca, A.C.

The projects funded range from developing vital emergency kits to providing therapeutic outlets to communities after surviving a traumatic experience. These projects were essential in providing key disaster relief responses to the most impacted communities. Our objectives were to promote the social reconstruction of communities through local community foundations and initiatives that promote the economic reactivation of the country through two ways:

1) Developing capacities in affected communities for economic reactivation and sustainable development such as disaster preparedness; 

2) Informing and advocating on behalf of the communities so that they are engaged in decision-making about reconstruction policies and efforts that impact them. 

We empower communities by providing local community foundations with the necessary resources to rebuild and strengthen their communities. By working with local organizations, we have been able to listen and put their needs first, to be able to truly provide the community with what they need. One example is by partnering with Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, A.C. to provide a Oaxacan community with therapeutic resources. By collaborating with local organizations such as Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, we were able to know that funding a psycho-emotional recovery program was necessary after trauma the community experienced due to these disasters. This program carried out in the Istmo Region in Oaxaca is a perfect example of the effective impact that comes from partnering with local organizations to be able to promote the social reconstruction of an impacted community. The overarching outcome during this time is being able to provide an inclusive and safe environment for the people impacted by the devastating earthquakes to be able to regrow and rebuild their communities. COVID-19 has impacted Mexican communities - depriving many families of income, food, and access to health services. During this challenging time, ICF will stay committed to work with these organizations to provide key disaster relief responses to the communities affected by the earthquakes in 2017. We encourage you to help us unite, inspire and provide hope during this time of great uncertainty.

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It has been three years since Mexico suffered 8.2 earthquakes in different areas of the country - the destruction was devastating both physically and emotionally and in Oaxaca, the Istmo communities were greatly affected. During our first and second stages of providing disaster relief, the International Community Foundation (ICF) focused primarily on quick emergency relief. However, during this third stage, we switched focus to fund long-term projects that would make way for the sustainable recovery of the communities affected. ICF partnered with eleven local community organizations to assess longer-term community needs and provide the philanthropic support to serve those needs. The eleven organizations are located in Oaxaca, Morelos, and Mexico City: 

1. Friends of El Penon 
2. Fundacion Cantaro Azul A.C.
3. Fundacion Comunidad, A.C.
4. Fundacion Comunitaria Malinalco
5. Fondo Unido, IAP
6. Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, A.C. 
7. Proyecto Impacto Consultores, A.C. 
8. Crecemos - Desarrollo Integral de la Juventude Oaxaca 
9. Fundacion Comunitaria Oaxaca, A.C. 
10. Centro de Apoyo Para la Educacion y Creatividad
11. Manos que Reconstruyen Oaxaca, A.C.

The projects funded range from developing vital emergency kits to providing therapeutic outlets to communities after surviving a traumatic experience. These projects are essential to provide key disaster relief responses to the most impacted communities. Our objectives are to promote the social reconstruction of communities through local community foundations and initiatives that promote the economic reactivation of the country through two ways:

1) Developing capacities in affected communities for economic reactivation and sustainable development such as disaster preparedness; 

2) Informing and advocating on behalf of the communities so that they are engaged in decision-making about reconstruction policies and efforts that impact them. 

We empower communities by providing local community foundations with the necessary resources to rebuild and strengthen their communities. By working with local organizations, we have been able to listen and put their needs first, to be able to truly provide the community with what they need. One example is by partnering with Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, A.C. to provide a Oaxacan community with therapeutic resources. By collaborating with local organizations such as Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, we were able to know that funding a psycho-emotional recovery program was necessary after trauma the community experienced due to these disasters. This program carried out in the Istmo Region in Oaxaca is a perfect example of the effective impact that comes from partnering with local organizations to be able to promote the social reconstruction of an impacted community. The overarching outcome during this time is being able to provide an inclusive and safe environment for the people impacted by the devastating earthquakes to be able to regrow and rebuild their communities. COVID-19 has impacted Mexican communities - depriving many families of income, food, and access to health services. During this challenging time, ICF will continue to work with these organizations to provide key disaster relief responses to the communities affected by the earthquakes in 2017. We encourage you to help us unite, inspire and provide hope during this time of great uncertainty.

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During our first and second stages of providing disaster relief, we focused primarily on quick emergency relief. However, during this third stage, we switched focus to fund long-term projects that would make way for the sustainable recovery of the communities affected. ICF partnered with eleven local community organizations to assess longer-term community needs and provide the philanthropic support to serve those needs. The eleven organizations are located in Oaxaca, Morelos, and Mexico City: 
1. Friends of El Penon 
2. Fundacion Cantaro Azul A.C.
3. Fundacion Comunidad, A.C.
4. Fundacion Comunitaria Malinalco
5. Fondo Unido, IAP
6. Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, A.C. 
7. Proyecto Impacto Consultores, A.C. 
8. Crecemos - Desarrollo Integral de la Juventude Oaxaca 
9. Fundacion Comunitaria Oaxaca, A.C. 
10. Centro de Apoyo Para la Educacion y Creatividad
11. Manos que Reconstruyen Oaxaca, A.C.

The projects funded ranged from developing vital emergency kits to providing therapeutic outlets to communities after surviving a traumatic experience. These projects were essential to provided key disaster relief responses to the most impacted communities. Our objectives during this time was to promote the social reconstruction of communities through local community foundations and initiatives that promote the economic reactivation of the country by: 1) Developing capacities in affected communities for economic reactivation and sustainable development such as disaster preparedness; 2) Informing and advocating on behalf of the communities so that they are engaged in decision-making about reconstruction policies and efforts that impact them. 

We empowered communities by providing local community foundations with the necessary resources to rebuild and strengthen their communities. By working with local organizations, we have been able to listen and put their needs first, to be able to truly provide the community with what they need. One example is by partnering with Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, A.C. to provide an Oaxacan community with therapeutic resources. By collaborating with local organizations such as Pro Ayuda a la Mujer Origen, we were able to know that funding a psycho-emotional recovery program was necessary after trauma the community experienced due to these disasters. This program carried out in the Istmo Region in Oaxaca is perfect example of the effective impact that comes from partnering with local organizations to be able to promote the social reconstruction of an impacted community. The overarching outcome during this time, is being able to provide an inclusive and safe environment for the people impacted by the devastating earthquakes to be able to regrow and rebuild their communities.
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In September 2017, Mexico suffered 8.2 earthquakes in different areas of the country, the destruction was devastating and in Oaxaca, the Istmo communities were greatly affected. Asunción Ixtaltepec was one of the most devastated communities, the population of 15,000 inhabitants lost 80% of their homes. The reconstruction process began with the participation of Civil Associations at different levels, from the creation of temporary homes to education.

 

Recently, ICF announced our commitment to support projects after two years of the earthquake. This outreach generated ten new project proposals in just one week after the announcement.  Clearly, the need is still present to help communities and local nonprofits in the affected regions. And we are proud to announce our winner: Manos que Reconstruyen Oaxaca, A.C. emerged with the objective of reviving the economy through the restructuring of the social fabric and the strengthening of the Zapoteca identity.

 

Manos que Reconstruyen Oaxaca AC emerged with the objective of reviving the economy through the restructuring of the social fabric and the strengthening of the Zapoteca identity. In 2019, although the physical reconstruction of homes and spaces advanced, the social fabric remained corrupted. That is why UMPO look for activities that unite the community and align with the Sustainable Development Goals. The affected community, in addition to requiring economic recovery, needs to support itself as a community itself and find local motivations to strengthen social cohesion.

The Community Center Una Mano Para Oaxaca, as well as the community cultural tourism program in Asunción Ixtaltepec, is a participatory economy initiative that frames the revitalization of the Zapotec culture as a central axis of action. The overall mission of the project is to position Asunción Ixtaltepec as a regional example of a sustainable community based on the recovery of traditional trades, through productive workshops, cultural events and community murals that pay homage to the guardians of traditional trades.

The solution we will be supporting is to promote conditions of community economy with emerging marketing strategies for the artisans of the town. Which consists of four stages of development:

1. Linking artisans with the community through productive workshops where they'll provide with economic remuneration for sharing intangible cultural heritage

2. Creation of a route of community murals that pay homage to emblematic artisans of the town.

3. Exchange of volunteer experiences with the artisans of our community and provide workshops for the transmission of skills to women and children attending the community center

4. Marketing through an online platform of the artisanal products of the community.

ICF honors and admires the efforts of people who came together in the face of tragedy and loss. We want to thank the hundreds of donors that allowed us to respond quickly to this emergency, as well as to continue our financial support over the past two years. We have strengthened our local and regional partnerships as a result, and our team has learned so much from this experience.

 

 

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On September 7th and 19th, 2017 two earthquakes changed the lives of millions of Mexicans. The areas affected include Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Morelos, and the state of Mexico. Unfortunately, over 400 people lost their lives and thousands of people were displaced when their homes and businesses were destroyed. On the 2nd anniversary of the September 19th earthquake, the International Community Foundation (ICF) remembers the victims and their families.

On this day, we would like to share ICF’s work to respond, and help communities recover, rehabilitate, and become more resilient for future events.

In the first three months, ICF received $774,000 USD from donors all over the world for earthquake disaster relief. With the ICF team’s networks and expertise, we were able to use these funds for emergency needs such as water, medicine, and treatment for trauma .

Within two weeks of the earthquakes, ICF granted over $54,000 USD in emergency relief to grassroots organizations.  For example, Fundación Cántaro Azul provided emergency equipment in rural communities of Morelos where water systems were severely damaged. Today, these water quality interventions continue to benefit over 1,800 people.

With a $30,000 grant from ICF, Voces y Visiones de Malinalco built 15 temporary classrooms in Santa Monica de Ocuilán in the state of Mexico, so that over 400 students could continue their education while their permanent schools were being rebuilt.  This helps students continue with their normal routine and helped avoid learning gaps. 

ICF also partnered with Documental Ambulante/Levantemos México  to invest in comprehensive capacity-building projects involving leaders, community foundations, and nonprofits in earthquake-affected areas. These project initiatives are 2-3 year-long strategies meant to improve government efficiency and response during disasters, train communities in disaster preparedness, and promote community leadership that will respond when the next disaster strikes.

The first year of ICF’s grantmaking was difficult as we heard stories of nonprofits struggling to regain their programmatic and institutional momentum.   We continued to support existing and new grantees through this time, while also investing in regional initiatives that focused on long-term community resilience.

Recently, ICF announced our commitment to support projects after two years of the earthquake. This outreach generated ten new project proposals in just one week after the announcement.  Clearly, the need is still present to help communities and local nonprofits in the affected regions.  We will post the results in two weeks, so sign up for our mailing list or join our followers on social media to learn which groups were selected. 

ICF honors and admires the efforts of people who came together in the face of tragedy and loss. We want to thank the hundreds of donors that allowed us to respond quickly to this emergency, as well as to continue our financial support over the past two years. We have strengthened our local and regional partnerships as a result, and our team has learned so much from this experience. 

Although the earthquakes happened two years ago, one of the most critical issues facing a rebuilding country is to minimize the long-term damage and ensure communities are prepared for future events.   

 The Mexican communities affected by the 2017 earthquakes still need our support to ensure sustainable recovery of communities. There is still a lot of work left to do, so please stand in solidarity with the people affected by donating to the ICF Disaster Relief Fund on GlobalGiving.

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