This past Tuesday, September 19th, Mexico was hit with one of the most fatal earthquakes in its history. Several dozens of buildings have collapsed in the city, hundreds of people are dead and thousands are injured.
Most of the immediate needs for food, medical, and water supplies are currently being covered by the populace here. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds towards more medium- and long- term needs: those that will affect the population over the next couple of weeks and months.
Our first project is to raise money towards manufacturing crutches out of bamboo to help those injured by the earthquake. We have contacted www.embu.co and they are willing to donate the labor to manufacture these but they still need to purchase materials to do this. Our initial goal is to manufacture 200 pairs of crutches and this will require a budget of $2000 or $10 per pair. We aim to start manufacturing these over the weekend and deliver them to the Red Cross next week.
We will be developing other projects over the next couple of days including plans to clothe, shelther, and feed the population in the longer term, as well as to deal with other challenges that they may arise. We'll be releasing updates over the next couple days.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your help!
Founder of Embu Muletas (www.embu.co). He is originally from Xalapa in the state of Veracruz. The idea for Embu came after his brother suffered an accident and his family didn't have enough monetary resources to buy crutches. His father in desperation, bought some bamboo and improvised a pair of crutches. Over the past couple of years, he has been perfecting the design and reducing the costs for these.
I am originally from Mexico City and left 22 years ago to study abroad. Over the past five years I have worked in the tech industry in New York and Los Angeles. I just moved back to Mexico City this past February, enamoured by a vibrant, creative city. This campaign is one way in which I am expressing my love and gratitude to the city of my birth.
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