On September 19th, 2017, on the exact same date of the most devastating earthquake in Mexico 32 years ago, the country was hit with again -a 7.1 tremor which left thousands injured, and hundreds dead.
In Mexico City alone, more than 3,000 of buildings were leveled, several crumbled and fell, leaving children and teachers alike trapped in schools, elderly and sick on the streets and hard working families split, torn and homeless in only a few seconds. Entire comunities turned to debris. The whole country wept and stopped, scarred once again.
But among tragedy, there was hope.
In a matter of minutes, people from all over the country stood together, united in the task of helping others. Search parties were gathered, removing rubble barehanded, while others brought food, supplies and aid to the affected areas. Cars and motorcycles offered free rides to doctors, rescuers and everyone in need while teenagers controlled traffic on avenues for several hours of blackout and chaos .
Everyone, in their own way and possibilities, helped during the next few hours and days: sharing phones and wifi, offering homes and shops for relief purposes, donating their own food, water or money and even tweeting and posting where aid was needed the most, the names of people rescued or missing and much, much more.
We stand together, proud, to the tune of “Cielito lindo”, singing instead of crying, but we do need help.
Even with all our efforts, our contry is facing massive recovery and it will not be over in only a few days for the affected families. The “60 days for Mexico” initiative is a way to keep helping people once official help and media interest diminish and forget them.
We won’t leave them alone.
Even without particular skills or resources we want to contribute: spreading the word and giving you a t-shirt with the official hashtag #FuerzaMexico to thank you for your donation (shipping is included). All the materials and workforce are 100% mexican and all the profits will be given to those who need it most through several charities.
You’ll be forever in the thoughts and prayers of the people you are helping.
Thanks for being the strength of those who have none.