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Help us help Mexico

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Raised by 211 people in 5 months
On September 8, 2017 thousands of people in Mexico experienced the most powerful earthquake in a century. Few days later a second earthquake hit Mexico again. It is estimated that around 3 million people have been affected. Stories have emerged of those in Oaxaca who lost everything and are now sleeping on the streets.

Through Latin Stories Australia (a registered non-for-profit in Australia) we have created the fund ‘Help us Help Mexico’ to provide people living in Australia with an opportunity to donate much needed funds towards disaster relief aid.

The funds collected will be allocated to local community organisations in Oaxaca as we believe they are best placed to provide this support. Our family is from Oaxaca, so they will assist us in ensuring the funds turn into food, water, clothing and building materials. We will report back to you and the Australian government on our annual report on where and how the funds were spent.

UPDATE 11/10/2017
We have been talking with different local organisations and people living/helping in some of the affected areas. While some communities are receiving food, water, medical supplies and some temporary housing (tents); there are other people that are not so lucky. 

The government has approved some relief programs in regard to construction (under certain circumstances). Unfortunately, this assistance will take years and a large percentage of people who lost everything won't be able to access it.

Therefore, we have decided that our help needs to go towards projects with medium to long term assistance and focus on those towns and people which are most vulnerable. We also want to respect the local customs and traditions of the local Indigenous groups. 

We are working with a number of the local organisations and we will keep you updated with the projects we will be supporting. Each of the possible organisations we intend on partnering with aim to provide and equivalent of AUD$550 - 650 to families in need.

https://www.gofundme.com/helpushelpmexico

All donations can be made anonymous.

Thanks for your support, Your generosity is very appreciate it.

Cristina Abela & Trini Abascal (Founders of Latin Stories Australia, proud Mexican-Australians)






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Dear All,

We had been eagerly waiting for the paperwork and evidence of the legality of the grassroots organisation In Oaxaca that our board chose for its grassroots work and knowledge of the area, as well as for their record on delivering the promised traditional brick ovens to the affected families.

In the meantime we registered Latin Stories Australia Inc. as a fundraiser (and yesterday we got the notification of being registered under the number FR- 000014669) as the department of Consumers Affairs Victoria has particular requirements for Australian not for profits when sending more than 10,000 overseas.

Now we can transfer the money to the organisation "Una mano para Oaxaca" (One helping hand for Oaxaca )( https://www.facebook.com/manoparaoaxaca/) they are a local organisation which has been working since the earthquake to re-activate the local economy by rebuilding so far (50) traditional brick ovens (which the area is known for), and working on several well-being programs.

We will keep you posted on how they will be using the money in the coming months to best help this very vulnerable community.

We are incredibly lucky to have your support to provide a helping hand to those who need it the most back in Mexico.

We can’t wait to show you what we were able to achieve with your support .
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Last chance to help us help Mexico!Fundraising closing soon.
The funds will go towards rebuilding traditional wood fire ovens (Una mano para Oaxaca) and emergency relief housing (7 jaguares) in the most affected area of Oaxaca.
https://www.gofundme.com/helpushelpmexico
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Thanks so much to those who have been donating to our campaign. We are very pleased to see that we have almost reached our goal!

We have been talking with different local organisations and people living/helping in some of the affected areas. While some communities are receiving food, water, medical supplies and some temporary housing (tents); there are other people that are not so lucky.

The government has approved some relief programs in regard to construction (under certain circumstances). Unfortunately, this assistance will take years and a large percentage of people who lost everything won't be able to access it.

Therefore, we have decided that our help needs to go towards projects with medium to long term assistance and focus on those towns and people which are most vulnerable. We also want to respect the local customs and traditions of the local Indigenous groups.

We are working with a number of the local organisations and we will keep you updated with the projects we will be supporting. Each of the possible organisations we intend on partnering with aim to provide and equivalent of AUD$550 - 650 to families in need.

We still need your help to reach, and if possible, go beyond our goal to be able to help more people. So please help us by donating and/or sharing our campaign.

Your generosity is very appreciate it.

P.S. Thanks to Maria Abascal, Alicia Bustillo, Mario Bazendu for being the contact between Australia and the local organisations.
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We are so grateful for the support and trust placed in our organisation. It seems we are getting closer to the 10 K goal we initially set for this fund !

We are humbled by the support from Tecolote - who has decided to donate 100% proceed from the sale of their fabulous Australian Frida Kahlo prints to our fund. You can get one here https://www.tecolote.com.au/collections/prints

Also, Salsa on the Border, the AW Dance Centre and Duke's Hidden Secret are joining hands to raise funds in Albury,New South Wales. Helena Luisa has organised "Let's salsa for Mexico" where she will be donating all the money from the salsa class and also a percentage of the consumption on the night towards the fund. Details on facebook.

To welcome new contributions we have increased the goal to 15 K.

We are so happy that with your help and through our local connections in Oaxaca we will be able to help some people that have lost it all.

Trini Abascal & Cristina Abela
Latin Stories Australia
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