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New Aid Arrives in ACApulco

The water tanks (tinacos) arrived and were delivered over New Year 2023 to desperate families in the suburbs of Acapulco by Fatima Quintero and her father Luis, on behalf of AidforAll. Additionally, Fatima and Luis met many poor families at the local hospital in need of help. We immediately decided after talking in depth with Fatima that we would send money to be divided between those in most urgent need. 

See some of their stories below. 

ROSA

 

Rosa has a 5 year old daughter called Daniela who was hit on the head during the hurricane and is in a very difficult condition in hospital. Rosa has little money to pay for Daniela’s hospital bills.

MARIA GUADALUPE

Maria Guadalupe is staying at the hospital to take care of her 49 year old sister Rosalba who has hemorrhagic dengue fever. Her sister is the fourth member of her family to contract the disease and be hospitalised. She cannot pay the bills for them all.

 

ALEJANDRA

Alejandra’s husband, 41 year old Roberto, is hospitalised with dengue fever. She has been living at the hospital with her two little daughters, unable to earn a living and pay the hospital bills

 

These are just a sample of the people that AidforAll have helped in Acapulco with cash donations through Fatima and Luis Quintero. It was very hard for Fatima and Luis to hear their stories of suffering, fear and worry.

Thanks to the Quintero family - originally from Acapulco but now  living in Puebla, AidforAll was able to move swiftly to provide help after the devastating hurrican Otis hit the beautiful coastal city. Through our contacts at the University of Puebla, we were introduced by a former student to Fatima and money was sent over to increase the aid that Fatima could take. Instead of one car, two were taken, full of bottled water, food and hygiene products.

They set off on the 4.5 hour journey and once there shared the videos of the devastation. 

There is still much to be done.

People in these colonias (suburbs) are struggling from one day to the next, no income, none of the promised government aid has yet arrived to them, and what aid there is has been centred on the wealthier, coastal area. And sadly it seems many people are still missing and many bodies are still under the rubble. A large number of fisherman who desperately tried to move their boats away from areas where it was thought the hurricaine would hit have been lost, swallowed up by the sea.

With World Central Kitchen now in place offering free hot meals to all, our focus is now on providing water tanks for the poor in the suburbs. Many of the tanks, located on roofs of houses, have been destroyed and they have no way of storing the water for washing or cleaning.

We are now working on sending another donation to Fatima and Luis to purchase a number of water tanks for their next trip. 

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