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In September of this year, Mexico was devastated by two earthquakes arriving 12 days apart. The first quake on September 7 was a magnitude 8.1, the most powerful to hit the country in a century. The second, a magnitude 7.1, hit on September 19.
Over 5,000 school buildings were damaged or destroyed as a result of the earthquakes, and TSI’s contact in Mexico, German Ibarra Ramos, is organizing locally and internationally to raise temporary structures where children displaced by the disasters can continue their learning.
These children are young and vulnerable, with no access to education unless a temporary solution can be created. Ramos reports that Mexican authorities are working to find spaces for students to resume their classes as soon as possible, and the most efficient way to do that is through tent schools.
“The situation is critical, because it takes thousands of provisional schools to resume classes and the government will not be able to handle it.” Ramos wrote. “It was something unexpected…since we had to live through two tragedies in the same month.”
Initially, TSI is raising support to fund a tent school in Mexico that could serve 50 children displaced by the earthquakes.
(Photos courtesy of German Ibarra Ramos)