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Fundación Faena por Destajo A.C.

Proyecto: Reconstruir repensando, resanar participando


Xochimilco, CDMX

Ollin Javier Elizalde Camacho

Dear reader: as you already know, on September 19, 2017, Mexico recorded one of history’s strongest earthquakes. That day, our lives changed forever. We will tell you how it has been:

In Xochimilco, Mexico City, there lies the village of San Gregorio Atlapulco, one of the most affected ones of the city. Despite having attended the call for help in various affected areas, it was in San Gregorio where we found the right place to help, both for being natives to the region, and for the magnitude of the effects. It was here where, with the invaluable help of family, friends and community members, we started a series of activities that gave immediate response to the crisis.

It was then when we created the Citizen Camp no. 1, through which we actively participated in the search, rescue and humanitarian help tasks. The experience of seeing everyone helping jointly and simultaneously is indescribable.

After overcoming the most critical stage, we established the Tactics and Logistics Brigade of Citizen Camp no. 1 in the Disaster Zone in San Gregorio Atlapulco. With it we continued the support work installing collection centers where we managed and received copious donations of various kinds, and we even addressed problems and needs arising in the community.

With the passing of time, we realized that the support for a damaged community does not end after a week or a month, so we stayed to help permanently, uninterruptedly, increasingly organized and with more planning.

With the skills and the experience acquired over this time, we began to formally participate seeking not only to provide temporary solutions, but also to create and promote initiatives focused on a comprehensive reconstruction of this and other affected areas. That is how Fundación Faena por Destajo A.C. was created.

Our projects look for economic recovery, social integration, environmental preservation and, of course, sustainable architectural reconstruction through initiatives such as ‘Rebuild thinking, Patch participating.’