Hi everyone, as some of you know I was in Ventanilla/Tonameca area last weekend and got to experience personally the impact of hurricane Agatha.
I was fortunate to be able to evacuate the coastline before the storm and found refuge with local friends and neighbors higher up near the municipality of Santa Maria Tonameca.
Most of the housing there is built with palm or metal sheet roofs, the amount of disaster in most househols that I saw as I was leaving the town was deeply shocking.
It was not after a couple of days after I left Oaxaca that people started getting phone signal again and started receiving photos and videos from friends I had just spend the weekend with.
Some of my close friends in Miami reached out asking how they could help, some of them have visited Ventanilla and the beaches in the area and know the locals personally-- We have been hosted by el Profe Salomón, we have eaten the heart warming food at Xochitl's kitchen and many tourists have been taken in the lagoon tour by the most passionate guides that have lived in the area for generations.
I heard the tragic stories from hurricane Paulina in 1997 and other storms that have hit the area, I heard people complaining about organizations not distributing the help that arrived to the communities so I wanted to bridge this help directly to the affected families there.
The Palm Project has always intended to connect people in meaningful ways to improve our life experience and our environment. This is one of the causes that I have ever felt more connected to.
It's different of course when there is a direct connection and relationship with someone affected by a natural disaster, that is why I wanted to launch this platform and expand our human empathy to help one another, either we know them directly or not.
In Oaxaca, food and supplies are very inexpensive. $9,000 may not be much here in the US. $10 may feed a person for a day or so in the US. $10 usd can stretch to feed a whole family.
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