Help us rebuild the community of Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca
In 2017, two strong earthquakes struck 10 states of our country, affecting around 12 million people in 400 municipalities. As Mexico is located in a very active seismic zone, helping victims in all aspects and preventing future risks is a priority for the AXA Mexico Foundation.
Why Unión Hidalgo?
The earthquakes of September 2017 left 78 people dead and more than 800,000 affected in Oaxaca. One of the most affected communities is Unión Hidalgo, half an hour away from Juchitán. 13,970 people live there and more than half of their homes were destroyed, in addition to schools, clinics and the market.
How are we doing it?
At the AXA Mexico Foundation, we have joined other foundations and the community itself, to fully rebuild Unión Hidalgo. We are seeking the development of the community’s infrastructure, its economy and the protection of its environment.
For this purpose, the project includes:
- Reconstruction of around 550 houses with resilient architecture and materials.
- AXA insurance against fire, earthquake and floods for all rebuilt houses.
- Repair and reconstruction of classrooms in 21 schools.
- Development of productive projects.
Reconstruction has faced significant challenges, such as scarcity of manpower and increases in the price of construction materials. Nevertheless, we will continue in our efforts. We have brought construction specialists from other states of the country to Unión Hidalgo and this has allowed us to make progress toward our goal.
Furthermore, we have provided psychoeducational workshops, set up safe spaces for children and water and hygiene modules for the community.
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