After years of exercising our careers from our offices, we, a group of professionals, realized that our skills and expertise would be more useful when put at the service of people to solve the concrete problems of daily life, beyond the super-specialization of our professions.
At the end of 2014, we founded Mexiquemos AC as a platform under which to undertake projects that could shake individualism and promote solidary work, under the principles of community welfare and care for the environment. However, other commitments of different types forced us to put the project on hold indefinitely.
In 2017, the earthquakes of September 7 and 19 devastated much of Mexico and reminded us that the need does not wait, that the problems that afflict people are persistently present, but also that we can move forward working together.
On September 23, we traveled to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, one of the areas that were most affected by the earthquake. Some of us already knew the Isthmus and some of its communities both for personal and professional reasons. We distributed some supplies in an improvised manner, but the trip helped us to evaluate the situation. We were stunned by the level of material destruction and human suffering caused by the earthquake.
With that in mind, we decided to reorganize ourselves as Mexiquemos AC and seek support in Mexico City, where there were still aid brigades working. Solidarity was blossoming in those days of national mourning, so we promptly received donations from many. We collected materials and money to bring more than 300 square meters of tarpaulins, tents and mats, with the intention of supporting people who still slept in the open air (during the rainy season) for fear of collapse of their houses in the middle of the aftershocks of the earthquakes that still continued in the area.
During these first trips we concentrated our support in the communities of San Dionisio del Mar and Chicapa de Castro, but we also backed up similar humanitarian efforts in Juchitán, Asunción Ixtaltepec, Unión Hidalgo and Santa María Xadani.
It has been more than a year since the emergency and our commitment to helping, far from fading away, has grown and evolved in different and more complex directions.
Our purpose is to promote community-based projects aimed at improving the quality of life with justice, equity, and sustainability.
We aspire to be promoters of social change, fostering a more equitable worldview among people and towards the environment that sustains us.