On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the state of Morelos in Mexico, strongly impacting several towns and cities in the center of the country. Thousands of people have been affected and over 300 are dead. My hometown, Jojutla (40 miles from the earthquake epicenter), is one of the most affected areas (Video From The New York Times). It has been heartbreaking to see pictures of the aftermath showing how the schools, houses and landmarks of the town where I grew up are now on the floor. My family and close friends have experienced huge damage to their houses and many have lost everything.
The local community and disaster relief organizations are starting to provide temporary relief, but long term aid is needed! We need support to re-build damaged houses and sustain living conditions for survivors who have lost everything.
The Dinneny lab at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science is mobilizing a fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake. Today, I am calling upon your generosity to make donations to help my people in Morelos.
The money raised will be used to deliver relief supplies such as food, medicine and construction material on a long-term basis. I am collaborating with an organized group of scientists (grad students, postdocs and principal investigators) from Instituto de Biotecnología, UNAM (based on Cuernavaca, Morelos) who will purchase the required goods and distribute them personally among the most damaged towns in a long-term manner. By doing this, we will ensure that the most needed goods are delivered in a timely manner to the most affected people.
Given the exchange rate, every US dollar makes a difference! The construction cost in this region will range between 35 – 45 USD per square foot. Please help me spread the word and share your blessings by posting a message along with your donation.
Cesar L. Cuevas-Velazquez
Postdoc, Dinneny lab