This is Paquito. His father shared with me his iPhone background.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
I was at the scene of the elementary school where 19 children were killed. I met the parents who lost a child. I joined their nightly Services at the church each night. I met each day with Father Genaro Miguel Chavez Vazquez.
THE PARENTS ASKED ME TO HELP. I TOLD THEM I WOULD.
The tragedy at the privately owned Enrique Rebsamen school in southern Mexico City, in which 19 children and seven adults died, has become a symbol of the devastation inflicted by the country’s 7.1 magnitude quake, the worst in a generation. At least 370 people died in the capital and surrounding states.
It is difficult to gain access to the school where 19 children died because it's become a crime scene secured by the military and federal police.
I gained access to the school.
It's difficult to gain access to the families who lost a child who have closed ranks and lost trust.
I gained access to the families.
I am Jim Safka . I created this GoFundMe for a very specific purpose: To raise money for the parents who lost a child in the earthquake on September 19. Where are the millions of dollars in announced earthquake relief funding going? The parents of the 19 children killed at the school aren't seeing it, I can promise you that, I was there, and I talk with them every week. The only support I know they’ll get is from this GoFundMe campaign.
A TERROR UNLIKE ANY OTHER
I was 19 years old when I experienced my first earthquake. You heard noises first. Dogs barked, car alarms tripped, dishes rattled. It felt more like rolling waves than shaking, but powerful enough to make you want to crawl. Pencils, papers, calculators and picture frames were swept off my desk like by the hand of a ghost. 20 seconds of terror. Then it stopped. Except for the dogs barking and the car alarms.
Earthquakes imprint an emotional terror unlike any other.
You didn't know it was coming. You don't know how long it's going to go. You don't know how strong it's going to grow. Is this the big one?! Is this the big one?!
MEXICO | SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Yes, September 19 was the big one. For every parent who lost a child. And any child who lost a parent.
Yesterday, the earthquake death toll was 272. When I woke up in the morning, it had increased to 295, including 19 elementary school children who had just returned from lunch.
WHERE ARE THE BIG GUNS?
Save for the occasional minor media aftershock, the Mexico earthquake has been kicked to the curb of the US news cycle quicker than a Chicharito goal. On the CNN home page, I struggled to find a single earthquake story above the fold. Contrast that with Hurricane Irma, where after CNN's 2 week wall-to-wall coverage, the only suspense remaining was whether Chris Cuomo's massive ripped pecs could withstand the direct force of category 5 (they did).
I HAVE A CONFESSION
I've exploited the snot out of Mexico my whole life. I've indulged it's beauty -- the sun the sea the old world towns the tequila the shrimp the fish the fishing the sand the surf -- amazing.
2009: A Happy Time with My Family in Mexico
I started typing all the cities in Mexico my family has visited, but it felt so piggish I deleted the list. Truth is, we've enjoyed more towns in Mexico than almost any true Mexican family.
I wish 19 kiddos didn't have to go to Heaven to wake me up. To prove Mexico's beauty lies in its people and its families. God loving God fearing people Prideful People.
IT'S NOT A GREAT TIME TO BUILD A WALL
The time now is for compassion. That's why I created JIM SAFKA'S MEXICO EARTHQUAKE HELP.
ANY contribution you make is more important than the $ amount because it's your statement of compassion that will be recognized by and delivered to parents who have lost a child.
I JUST RETURNED FROM MY SECOND VISIT WITH THE 19 FAMILIES WHO LOST A CHILDN AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
They asked us to help. I told them we would.
Thank you. You rock!
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