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For a clean Mahahual

$695 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 1 month
Created November 23, 2018
We are raising money to purchase and provide every house in the casitas of Mahahual, Mexico  with a trash can.  We believe this would help to keep the streets clean.  We are a small community of concerned people who want to make a difference and show by example.  Please help us reach our  goal. We have been working every Sunday to clean streets and educate people about the health and environmental dangers of trash littering our street.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
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Update 7
Posted by Donna Marie Norstadt
2 days ago
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Update. Sunday January 13, 2019. Today I started with a super excitement because with all the Facebook likes over several groups and many people saying they were coming to help clean Mahahual, I thought for sure there would be at least 30 of us. Well truth be told, we were about 9. We did the almost impossible, we cleaned from the start of the Casitas by the arches all the way to the fake pyramid at the port. Our usual 1.5 hours turned into 2.5 hours. We cleaned both sides of the street and down the middle. We even went part way around corners and cleaned again. We cleaned the 2 main dumpster areas by the church and Bere’s. It was a lot of work. We accumulated at least 31 bags of trash because those were the visible bags I counted once they were piled up. So of course there was more. I do not want to be discouraged because I do feel many positive things are coming from our continued commitment to this effort and we are 1/4 towards our financial goal of being able to purchase trash cans for each house in the casitas, which is amazing. Today I had some random thoughts while cleaning. I am probably singing to the choir with my update today because I believe those who have supported our campaign are not littering. I find lots of plastic tops from water and coke bottles, lots of small plastic bags with salsas in them, entire bags filled with napkins, aluminum, styrofoam plates from lunches all neatly put back in the plastic bag and tossed on the road side. Many piles of water bottles that I can’t figure how they landed on the side of the road? Could it be that tour operators deposit their trash in what they think is a empty lot no one will know or care? Diapers, beer bottles, straws, bags of household trash that seemed easier to toss in the beautiful jungle then put outside the house for trash pick up. Well I could go on and on but you get the picture. My sadness today was that we cleaned about a meter from the road but the jungle is pretty thick alongside the road where no buildings are and there is a lot more trash that I can see but cannot reach. I’m not brave enough to travel into the thick jungle where there are creatures I do not want to encounter. So I thank you for your support; financially, emotionally and physically and ask you to share our story with those whom you believe would embrace our cause and also supports us. We really do need more hands to support our spirits. More positive note, we saw the Mayor today. He seems genuinely interested in cleaning Mahahual. We discussed, showed him houses that continually have loose trash in front and he did indeed talk to the tenant. Change is on the horizon. Hold onto your hats and stay tuned for more updates. Regards.
. El domingo 13 de enero de 2019. Hoy comencé con una súper emoción porque con todos los "me gusta" de Facebook en varios grupos y muchas personas diciendo que venían a ayudar a limpiar Mahahual, pensé con seguridad que habría al menos 30 de nosotros. Bueno, la verdad es que éramos unos 9. Hicimos lo casi imposible, limpiamos desde el inicio de las Casitas por los arcos hasta la pirámide falsa en el puerto. Nuestras 1,5 horas habituales se convirtieron en 2,5 horas. Limpiamos ambos lados de la calle y por el medio. Incluso fuimos por las esquinas y limpiamos de nuevo. Limpiamos las 2 áreas del basurero principal por la iglesia y la de Bere. Eso era mucho trabajo. Acumulamos al menos 31 bolsas de basura porque esas eran las bolsas visibles que conté una vez que se amontonaron. Así que por supuesto que había más. No quiero estar desanimado porque siento que muchas cosas positivas vienen de nuestro compromiso continuo con este esfuerzo y estamos 1/4 hacia nuestra meta financiera de poder comprar botes de basura para cada casa en las casitas, lo que es increíble . Hoy tuve algunos pensamientos al azar mientras limpiaba. Probablemente estoy cantando para el coro con mi actualización de hoy porque creo que los que han apoyado nuestra campaña no están tirando basura. Encuentro muchas tapas de plástico de botellas de agua y coque, muchas bolsas pequeñas de plástico con salsas, bolsas llenas con servilletas, aluminio, platos de espuma de poliestireno de los almuerzos, todo metido cuidadosamente en la bolsa de plástico y tirado en el lado de la carretera. ¿Muchas pilas de botellas de agua que no puedo entender cómo aterrizaron en el lado de la carretera? ¿Podría ser que los operadores turísticos depositen su basura en lo que creen que es un lote vacío que nadie sabrá o le importará? Pañales, botellas de cerveza, popotes, bolsas de basura doméstica que parecían más fáciles de tirar en la hermosa jungla que luego se colocan fuera de la casa para recoger la basura. Bueno, podría seguir y seguir, pero te haces una idea. Mi tristeza hoy fue que limpiamos a un metro de la carretera, pero la jungla es bastante espesa a lo largo de la carretera donde no hay edificios y hay mucha más basura que puedo ver pero que no puedo alcanzar. No soy lo suficientemente valiente como para viajar a la espesa selva donde hay criaturas que no quiero encontrar. Así que les agradezco su apoyo; financiera, emocional y físicamente, y le pedimos que comparta nuestra historia con aquellos que cree que abarcarían nuestra causa y también nos respalda. Realmente necesitamos más manos para apoyar a nuestros espíritus. Nota más positiva, vimos el alcalde hoy. Parece realmente interesado en limpiar Mahahual. Discutimos, le mostramos casas que siempre tienen basura suelta en frente y de hecho habló con el inquilino. El cambio está en el horizonte. Sujétate a tus sombreros y estad atentos para más actualizaciones. Saludos.
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Update 6
Posted by Donna Marie Norstadt
9 days ago
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Today January 6, we cleaned and had the fantastic assistance of the crew from Aviomar. We filled 50 bags at least. We finished Av Caribe by the Port road, which took us 3 times because of the tremendous amount of trash. We then moved to the main port road by the entrance to the casitas. We got the whole block on the side of the Lutheran Church. Improvements this week are rebar fashioned trash containers on the main port road, provided by the port, please everyone use them. We met this week and made decisions about starting to purchase trash cans. We will meet with some major stores to see what kind of bulk discount we can arrange for a purchase of 100 cans to begin. There are many other great ideas to support our cause, which will be implemented soon. Many are in the process. Lots of effort is going into this project and we receive many positive thanks but we truly still need more help both physically and financially. And of course, we welcome your ideas for improvement. We are a small grass roots group putting our energy towards making Mahahual that perfect place for us to live and tourist to visit. We want good reviews. Please at the very least, help us keep Mahahual clean. If you see trash, pick it up, if you see someone throw trash, ask them to please stop. Encourage businesses to clean In Front of their place and please everyone make sure the trash bags outside your homes are tied to discourage pets and birds from opening up. It’s many small changes that will make Mahahual shine. We can do this!
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Update 5
Posted by Donna Marie Norstadt
16 days ago
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December 30 we cleaned the second half of Av Caribe. We tried to get to the port and almost made it but after 2.5 hours we were stopped by the tremendous amount of trash we encountered closer to the port. We collected 37 bags of trash with fewer people then last week but with a trailer and 2 men donated by Aviomar and trash bags donated by the Lutheran church. We are making a difference and hoping soon to begin meeting with the group to make a choice on type of trash cans to purchase. Our hope is if all the houses in the casitas have a trash can, there will be less of a reason to toss trash on the ground. It’s a noble cause, close to our hearts. We love Mahahual but we need more of you to love it as much as we do and donate so we can provide those cans. Please share and thank you so much for what you have already donated.
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Update 4
Posted by Donna Marie Norstadt
22 days ago
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We cleaned part of the Caribe street on Sunday December 23. A good turn out with new faces. Thank you to all who support us with funds, time, materials and support. We really are making a difference together we can do this
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Raised by 18 people in 1 month
Created November 23, 2018
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