On Friday September 15th I woke up excited to start a journey from Ottawa to visit a friend in Mexico City (we hadn't seen each other in almost a year) little did I know that less than a week later we would be standing in the rubble remains of her neighbourhood after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the city on September 19th.
Luckily Alexandra took me to a costal town to show me more of Mexico so at the time of the earth quake we were not in her home which is now destroyed. However; so many thousands were not as lucky as we were. Physically my friend and I are safe, but nothing here feels okay. For those of you not following the news there are hundreds of people still missing, including a collapsed elementary school blocks from her home where up to 30 children are believed to be trapped alive.
With a death toll rising every day, and blocks upon blocks of the worlds most populated city torn to the ground the need for aid seems insurmountable. With your help I hope to remain in Mexico City for another week and work with the Red Cross delivering supplies, aiding rescue workers and trying to help in some small way to get this beautiful city back on its feet.
Any donation will go directly to the purchase of baby food, tents for temporary structures, food, diapers, tools, gas, water and other essentials.
We will be posting daily updates with photos of what we are buying and shipping. We have been contacted directly by the people in the Morelos community and have been delivering truck loads of supplies all day. As of this moment all of the items have been purchased out of pocket, these funds will offset those costs as well as purchase the next round of supplies to be distributed in the coming days. Every cent donated will go directly to the purchase of aid supplies.
Below are some photos of the area and links to more information about the earthquake:
Aid workers are distributing clean water but constantly need more of these resources.
Chaos in the streets, not seen is the attempts to rescue those trapped under a collapsed 6 story building.
One of an estimated 49 buildings collapsed in the city center alone.
- Sanchez Williams
- Sara Noble
- Alex Croll
- Amanda Gould
- Quinten Richardson