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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