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For a clean Mahahual

$4,310 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 6 months
We need your support to purchase trash cans. Our small group started by cleaning the streets of Mahahual, Mexico every Sunday and educating people to reduce single use plastic, recycle and reuse items. We  soon discovered  that much of the trash on the streets was because houses had no trash cans.  Residents were  leaving trash in small grocery plastic bags and animals were ripping them open and spreading trash everywhere with the help of the wind. We started this campaign with a goal to purchase 200 trash cans for all the houses in the casitas of Mahahual, Mexico, who did not have one or could not afford one.   We were successful with this campaign. A total of 200 trash cans were purchased over a period of a few months and my neighbor Simone and me solicited requests from residents  who wanted them. We diligently labeled each  one with  the address and number. We made spreadsheets of this list and got signatures from the recipients.  I cannot be happier with the results of a cleaner Mahahual.  We continue to clean on Sundays but it is not perfect and it take time to change a culture of just tossing out the car window.  We have had the help of three large clean up events with groups of volunteers ( one group was 65 and the others over 100). We learned a lot and  originally thought 200 cans and $4000 would be enough. What we did not take into account was that there are many  multiple family dwellings. So today, while driving around the streets we counted again and came up with between 80-100 more cans needed. We are a small community of concerned people who want to make a difference and show by example.  Please help us reach this new goal. While we are  working every Sunday to clean streets, we are also educating people about the health and environmental dangers of trash littering our streets, jungles and oceans.  Our Facebook group called “Mahahual Limpio Grupo Casitas” has shown by example and new groups are forming In other neighborhoods of Mahahual. We are supporting them by showing them how to be effective community leaders for change for a clean  Mahahual.  Your support is greatly appreciated.   Those who have donated have seen the success and it has made of difference.  We are also discouraging  the use of styrofoam containers and single use plastic. It is an exciting time here in Mahahual, Mexico.  We are small enough that we can make a difference and become a model town in Mexico.
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GoFundMe update. My updates are less frequent because I am currently visiting family in the US and my information on Mahahual clean ups are second hand. Nonetheless, it still is an Important part of my life, my heart, my hopes and even dreams that the beautiful paradise of Mahahual will become a model town in Mexico for cleanliness in a eco friendly way. It’s not an easy task, that is for sure. Our “show by example” has had challenges. The trash can campaign has been a great improvement for the houses in the casitas. The locals have appreciated these donations and clearly you see an improvement in the streets where the trash cans are in the casitas. We are hoping to get more donations to finishing covering the rest of the cans we need and move on to other areas of improvement. Perhaps today could be a day that you can donate again, even a smaller portion of your previous donation. Or those who might not have donated before just send a little to help us complete this campaign. We are trying hard There does continue to be a problem with trash on the public streets and roadways. a grand clean up happened with local involvement both business and the taxi group of about 100 people. They gathered 2.7 tons of trash and spent time separating recyclables . With more locals involved they have been posting encouraging comments to gets those who toss trash to stop this destructive behavior. For those of you who spend time here in a Mahahual, you know what challenges we face. Nonetheless, we rise to the occasion and hope you will continue to support us both financially and any other way you can. Thank you
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Update May 1, 2019. Last Sunday the people of Mahahual showed how committed to a clean Mahahual they really are, by turning out for a Sunday cleaning day. Even though, they started at 0800, it got hot quickly. That didn’t stop them from doing Av Caribe, the Paseo Del Puerto and from the Lighthouse to the roundabout entrance to the casitas. As you know, there are still those who choose to throw trash where it should not be but today I want to focus on more positive things. I updated our main photo to show 2 houses side by side with the cans supplied by your donations to this GoFundMe campaign. I want to point out not only the cans but notice how clean the sidewalk and street are. To some this may not look like much but it a remarkable change for our small community and you should be proud to have been part of this transformation with your donations. At this point, we are still $1,700 usd away from our goal to provide more houses in Mahahual with a trash can. I also want to mention, while a trash can may not seem like much of an expense, it is worth an entire day or 2 of an average wage earned by some in Mahahual. When I think of what I earned while working in the US and ask myself if I would have spent a day’s wage for a trash can, well, we can all answer that question for ourselves. Since the millionaire lottery winner I posted about last update did not respond to me, I am asking all of you to help me spread the word and let us finish this campaign. Until my next update. Keep smiling.
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Today while watching the TV news here in the US, I saw a man who had won a huge lottery here in the US. So I got the idea to contact him to ask him to support our Go Fund Me campaign. Now I know most lottery winners probably get people crawling from the woodwork asking for money so what the hell, I guess I will take a shot.
Not to think negative but just in case he doesn’t respond, we are still searching for the final $1700 usd to purchase 100 more trash cans. Here is what I posted.
I saw you on the news today. Congratulations, you seem like a very deserving person. I live part of the year in Mahahual, Mexico and I am going to do a wild crazy thing and send you a link to my GoFundMe page. Myself and neighbor started a group call Mahahual Limpio Grupo Casitas. We clean the town of trash every Sunday. We started this fund to purchase trash cans for every home in this little Mexican town. We are trying to show by example the need for community cleanliness for a healthy community. We have purchased 200 so far but need another 100. We are $1700 usd away from our goal. No we are not related, except we are human. Our mission is small but mighty. It will not solve all our waste management problems in our town but it’s a start. Please look at our link and if you think it’s a project you can support, I thank you. If you choose not too, that’s OK too. We continue to work on our mission. Have a great day and life.
https://www.gofundme.com/cqm4j4-for-a-clean-mahahual&rcid=r01-155607248279-ae12a539f1294fc5&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w
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The 200 trash cans we purchased are definitely showing a great improvement in keeping Mahahual clean. In fact the clean up of Av Manglar and the Paseo del Puerto on April 7 continued but the amount of trash is decreasing. The area around the big green bins was left impeccably clean. The dedicated team work of these volunteers is impressive. It shows a true dedication for the love of Mahahual. However, our work is not done and we could really use your continued support both in spirit and financially. We need more trash cans so those who still feel the need to pollute the jungle with their household trash will no longer have an excuse.
The regular trash pick up continues thanks to the Port of Costa Maya. Please share our campaign and once again, if you know a benevolent soul who loves Mahahual and cares about what we are doing, please pass our need for trash cans along to them. While others dream of more elaborate gifts, we dream of trash cans. For a clean Mahahual. #trashtag, #EcoMahahual
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