The 2017 earthquakes left 465 dead and 180,000 homes damaged. While the government saw the affected as an object of intervention, social groups living mainly in rural areas with an indigenous presence have developed, with the support of members of our Coalition, reconstruction processes based on the decision and participation of local people, the use of local materials, and techniques that reduce vulnerability. These works deserve to be visible in a video and a campaign directed to authorities.
Mexico is at risk of suffering other disasters that would especially affect people who are most vulnerable. Rather than continuing to follow old formulas that are not prevention based and directed only to restore poor quality housing without adapting them to the needs of disaster victims, our Coalition is committed to produce a video and mount a campaign to demonstrate viable alternatives based on practical experiences directed to decision makers.
Since 1976 we have worked on impacting housing policies in ways that change the lives not just of one group, but rather large numbers of people. Drawing on examples taken from communities affected by the 2017 earthquakes in Mexico, the video would demonstrate the existence of alternatives to prevent disaster. Also reconstruction processes focused on the improvement of local habitat that also strengthen the sense of belonging, participation, self-esteem and the economy of local peoples.
Your support would help us to obtain new tools for such an effort that would also coincide with our work to support communities impacted by disasters and change the reconstruction and prevention policies of Mexican governments so they would recognize and became more focused on prevention and respect for the environment, while also centering their efforts on human rights and decisions of the population.