This project supports our long-term disaster relief efforts in Mexico, following the 2017 earthquakes. Our work will assist heavily impacted and under-resourced rural communities and hundreds of families that have still not received aid. AHAH is rebuilding the schools at the center of these communities, which in turn strengthens them and prepares them (through Disaster Risk Reduction training) for unknown disasters of the future.
On September 7th, 2017, a devastating earthquake hit close the southern state of Chiapas, with a magnitude of 8.2. One week later, a second 8.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico as well as the southern states. The earthquakes caused a combined 369 deaths, the displacement of thousands of people, and damaged a total of 16,136 schools in 10 different states. 276 of these schools were completely destroyed. The economic losses are estimated to be approximately 4,103.5 million US dollars.
Our work will restore access to quality learning facilities for children living in rural, low-income, post-disaster communities in Mexico. We include community members in our planning process to ensure we truly support their greatest need. By using disaster resilient building techniques, we will make sure every school we build is built to last - even in the face of future disasters. Each completed school will be a safe and secure place for hundreds of children to learn and grow.
Our work in Mexico will better prepare communities for unknown disasters of the future, and provide them with new disaster-resilient schools. This Program involves these initiatives: Demolition/rubble removal of unsafe classrooms; Repair/reconstruction of resilient structures; WASH facility installation; Institution of EdTech and other programs (health/hygiene, Disaster Risk Reduction). All of this means improved quality of life and safe/secure learning spaces for generations to come!