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Mexico Earthquake Survivors - Christmas Update

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Raised by 25 people in 14 months

As most of us know, Mexico was hit with one of the strongest earthquakes in their history. With catostrophic earthquakes like this one, come damaged homes and people in need of help. Over this Winter Break, our family was able to travel to Mexico City to tour around. Along the way, we would run into structures that had been completely or partially destroyed by the earthquake. Some of the wealthier people were able to get back on their feet and fix the damages.

Some others are not as fortunate. In Mexico, my mom was able to meet up with her childhood friend, who she had not seen for 30 years. This friend now has a husband and two beautiful children, Max, 11, and Andre, 7. My mom's friend's parents both died within a week from each other and left them their house. They were unfortunately affected by the earthquake more than others. The house has now been declared a total loss. They lived in a tent on the streets for about 15 days. Imagine living in the streets as a child, not knowing whether or not you were going to be able to go back home.

Unfortunately, they were not able to go back home. As of right now, the government says that they will be able to give them some money and some supplies for a new home but has yet to keep the promise. "Some" being the key word here. Imagine how many other people the government has had to help. Right now this family is living in one room brought up by four weak walls in a not-so-great neighborhood that was given to them by the husband's aunt. The kids had to be moved from schools, resulting in bullying and loss of friends. Both their parents are working multiple jobs to try and give them the things they need, such as food and clothes.

Max is an incredibly intelligent boy, who has a passion for engineering. Andre is an incredibly sweet boy, who loves sports, but had lung surgery when he was very little. The family overall has an extremely positive outlook at life. You can tell that as long as they are breathing, they will continue fighting. Most of us have been blessed with everything we have every wanted. Sadly, this family has not. Everything just seems to get harder for them. My brother and I were very humbled by the experience we got to see first hand and decided that, yes others have been affected by this earthquake, but this encounter gave us a different outlook on what we are grateful for. We have not met anyone else in our entire lifetime who deserve at least some bit of relief and happiness in their lives.

Our goal is to help this family reach a state of stability and through all hardships and losses finally have a roof and a firm future for their kids. They need our help and although our goal is steep it is not unreachable and we will fight as hard as we can to reach it. We have to realize how privileged we are and try to help the unfortunate with anything.

We, Juan and Dani, appreciate every dollar and all the support from you guys. We are not doing this because they asked for anything, we are doing it because their humility and graciousness affected our heart sincerely.

Thank you!


Como la mayoría de nosotros sabemos, México fue golpeado con uno de los terremotos más fuertes en su historia. Con terremotos catastróficos como este, dejan casas dañadas y personas necesitadas. Durante estas vacaciones de invierno, nuestra familia pudo viajar a la Ciudad de México para visitar. En el camino, nos encontramos con estructuras que habían sido destruidas total o parcialmente por el terremoto. Algunas de las personas más afortunadas pudieron volver a la normalidad y reparar los daños.

Algunos otros no fueron tan afortunados. En México, mi mamá pudo reunirse con su amiga de la infancia, a quien no había visto en más de 30 años. Esta amiga ahora tiene un esposo y dos hijos hermosos, Max de 11 y Andre de 7. Que por cierto llaman a mi mamá Tia. Los padres de la amiga de mi mamá murieron con una semana de diferencia y les dejaron la casa de ellos. Desafortunadamente fueron afectados por el terremoto más que otros. Su casa ahora ha sido declarada una pérdida total. Vivieron en una carpa en las calles durante unos 15 días. Imagínate vivir en la calle cuando eras niño, sin saber si ibas a poder volver a casa o no.

Desafortunadamente, no pudieron volver a casa. A partir de ahora, el gobierno dice que podrán darles algo de dinero y algunos suministros para un nuevo hogar, pero aún deben cumplir la promesa. "Algunos" es la palabra clave aquí. Imagínese cuántas otras personas ha tenido que ayudar el gobierno. En este momento, esta familia vive en una habitación sostenida por cuatro paredes débiles, cuya puerta es cerrada con un tornillo. El vecindario tampoco es tan bueno. Los niños tuvieron que ser trasladados de las escuelas, lo que resultó en intimidación y pérdida de amigos. Sus padres trabajan en múltiples trabajos para tratar de darles lo que necesitan, como comida y ropa.

Max es un niño increíblemente inteligente, que tiene una pasión por la ingeniería. Andre es un niño increíblemente dulce, que ama los deportes, pero tuvo una cirugía de pulmón cuando era muy pequeño. La familia en general tiene una perspectiva extremadamente positiva de la vida. Podemos decir que mientras respiren, continuarán luchando. La mayoría de nosotros hemos sido bendecidos con todo lo que hemos querido. Lamentablemente, esta familia no. Todo parece ser más difícil para ellos. Mi hermano y yo estuvimos muy conmovidos por la experiencia que tuvimos de ver de primera mano y decidimos que, sí, otros se han visto afectados por este terremoto, pero este encuentro nos dio una perspectiva diferente de ver la vida. No hemos conocido a nadie en toda nuestra vida que merezca al menos un poco de alivio y felicidad en sus vidas.

Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a esta familia a alcanzar un estado de estabilidad y, a través de todas las dificultades y pérdidas, finalmente tener un techo y un futuro firme para sus hijos. Necesitan nuestra ayuda y, aunque nuestra meta es elevada, no es inalcanzable y lucharemos lo más que podamos para alcanzarla. Debemos darnos cuenta de lo privilegiados que somos e intentar ayudar a los desafortunados con cualquier cosa.

Nosotros, Juan y Dani, apreciamos cada dólar y todo el apoyo de ustedes. No estamos haciendo esto porque ellos pidieron algo, lo estamos haciendo porque su amor por la vida y humildad afectaron sinceramente nuestro corazón.

¡Gracias!

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So we've kept this campaign going for about a year now, but have not been able to meet our goal. We did, however, get a chance to get the money we did raise to the family and they have been able to fix some of the structural roof and floor issues in their makeshift home. They are still very poor and in need of our help once again. The two boys, Max and Andre, are really incredible children. Recently, their mother, Silvia, spoke to my mother about their lack of letters for Santa. They know they don't have money for any gifts, so they simply didn't ask for anything. None of them like asking us for anything, but our family knows that they are in need right now.

It's almost winter in Mexico and where they are, around Mexico City, it get's really cold. We just found out that they don't have any winter clothes. The boys have really grown out of their clothes from last winter. We are not asking for millions, we are just asking for some help so we can get them some clothes and maybe some Christmas gifts. Any chance we get to send them clothes or shoes or anything, we do it. Every single time they are so incredibly grateful. What we take for granted everyday, they cherish so intensely.

I know everyone knows someone who needs help, but this one is very close to our hearts and we have the privilege to be able to ask those around us to ask for help. We don't do this because they ask us to, in fact, if they knew we had this GoFundMe, they would probably ask us to shut it down because that's who they are. They are fighters. We are just their helpers.

Anything at all really helps. Please share this around. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, in advance.

Happy Holidays,
Dani and Juanfe

Ahora en español:

Así que hemos mantenido esta campaña abierta durante aproximadamente un año, pero no hemos podido cumplir con nuestra meta. Pero si tuvimos la oportunidad de darles el dinero que recaudamos para la familia y pudieron solucionar algunos de los problemas estructurales del techo y el piso en su hogar. Todavía no están estables y necesitan nuestra ayuda una vez más. Los dos niños, Max y Andre, son niños realmente increíbles. Recientemente, su madre, Silvia, habló con mi madre y nos enteramos que ni si quiera le habían escrito cartas al Niño Dios. Saben que no tienen dinero para ningún regalo, así que simplemente no pidieron nada. A ninguno de ellos le gusta pedirnos algo, pero nuestra familia sabe que ahora mismo lo necesitan.

Es casi invierno en México y donde están, alrededor de la Ciudad de México, hace mucho frío. Acabamos de descubrir que no tienen ropa de invierno. Los chicos realmente han crecido de sus ropas desde el invierno pasado. No estamos pidiendo millones, solo estamos pidiendo ayuda para poder conseguirles algo de ropa y quizás algunos regalos de Navidad. Cualquier posibilidad de que les enviemos ropa o zapatos o cualquier cosa durante el año, lo hacemos. Cada vez están tan increíblemente agradecidos.

Sé que todos conocen a alguien que necesita ayuda, pero esta campaña es muy cercana a nuestros corazones y tenemos el privilegio de poder pedirles ayuda a quienes nos rodean. No hacemos esto porque nos piden que lo hagamos, de hecho, si supieran que teníamos este GoFundMe, probablemente nos pedirían que lo cerráramos porque no quieren pedir ayuda. Son luchadores y nosotros solo somos sus ayudantes.

Cualquier cosa realmente ayuda. Compartan la campaña si pueden. Gracias, desde el fondo de nuestros corazones, por adelantado.

Felices Navidades,
Dani y Juanfe
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