Around 60 families of informal Recyclers (Pepenadores) who work with SiKanda in the Inclusive Recycling project, report damages to their homes. Many families spent the first days after the earthquake sleeping on the streets. Some had to leave their homes and are living with family members.
SiKanda is providing support for earthquake relief in two stages:
1) Emergency response: Recyclers reported the need for basic supplies like food, cleaning materials, children’s toys and other necessities. SiKanda responded by opening two collection centers in Oaxaca city. We greately appreciate all the donations coming in from SiKanda partners and strangers who have placed their trust on us! All items collected have been delivered to the hands of the Recyclers at the CITRESO in Huajuapan de León.
2) Rebuilding efforts: Sikanda will be working with other partners, Foundations and individuals to create a rebuilding fund for the homes of the Recyclers. The intervention, however, will take time due to differences in the level of damage and land property between the families. Some Recyclers own a piece of land in which they have their own home build with “material” (cement blocks), other families live in homes made out of a local type of bamboo (carrizo). Other families have no home of their own. At this point, along with the CIEM Arcobaleno, the Recycler’s organization, we’ve decided to start fundraising to support Recyclers in three ways:
a) Support to buy a property of their own in which to start building a dignified home.
b) Support to rebuild their damaged homes.
c) Support to dignify existing homes that need to be strenghtened through better construction and materials.
If you’d like to support the common fund for these interventions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org