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Chixculub Food Bank and Las Mujeres de Chicxulub

As promised more tales about the new location for both the Food Bank and Las Mujeres de Chicxulub. The Route to Casa de Food Bank and Las Mujeres de Chicxulub The house will be known as: in Maya “Un suku’une tia an te’e ; Mi hermano es en la casa; My brother is in the  house.” This name honours Vincente Pool who is Carmita’s brother and a famous boxer who is in the Merida Hall of Fame.  He was born September 23rd   1952 in Chicxulub Puerto and christened Lino Andres Pool Tzab.  He began boxing at age 16 using his father’s name whom he greatly admired. At one point he thought about retiring because he had suffered too many defeats.  Then he met a new manager, Jesus Rivero “Cholain” and things changed for him. Home of current “Mi hermano es en la casa”Carmita is circled in blue. She is 6 yrs old.Lino boxer, Niece Noemi, Mama of Carmita and Lino The building itself is almost finished except for final hands on work that we will do now that summer has “sort of” started. Things like unpacking the clothes and displaying them, setting up a “thrift” shop for the village folks and getting the big room ready for the children and their workshops. Of course much will depend on the reports of the virus and the ok to move ahead. On the second floor the sewing room has electricity, lighting and now some tables and other needs to be able to show their work. It is spacious and bright. There will be a garden on the second floor looked after...
FYI

FYI

June 1st saw some reopening of a few places and the lifting of the Dry Law. We were all excited about this change but it was not as easy as we thought! You had to buy in stores that had delivery and Costco would not deliver to Progreso. If you bought liquor in Merida you could not bring it in to Progreso. So many of us wait for the 15th when next changes occur. The week of June 8th, the fourth round of dispensa delivery continues again with the same expectations for families to be prepared. June 10th brought great news to Julian and Progreso: “I am very happy to announce that today I received the news that the Blue Flag National Jury recognized two #PROGRESO beaches with their international distinctive. The two beaches are the Traditional Malecon and the International Malecon. As of July 2020 these beaches will be recognized and will help in allowing us to build together the new version of Progreso. “ Among other requirements, Blue Flag beaches must offer environmental education activities, display a code of conduct, and provide information about water quality. Garbage cans, water, and restrooms are required, and lifeguards and first aid services must also be in place.  In municipalities with multiple Blue Flag beaches, at least one must be accessible for people with disabilities. The government of Yucatan and Progreso have clearly stated the beaches are closed. Progreso will experience a different vacation period in the coming weeks. The local authorities are working so that the economic reactivation of the municipality can occur in the best possible conditions, and in...
Flooding in Chicxulub Thanks to Cristobal

Flooding in Chicxulub Thanks to Cristobal

Floods form a raging river in Tekax, where police rescue stranded residents. On top of the pandemic and all the unknown that goes with it the Yucatan had to deal with flooding and savage wind!! Much of the damage happened along the cienaga and Carmita was there to show us.  She was checking on and delivering help to the folks of Chicxulub.  She reported several times how thankful the people are for receiving your help. Here are photos of the streets in Chicxulub, calles 14, 8A and 8 primarily close to the cienaga. Dona Evelia with a sick husbandEvacuated this weekendEvacuated this weekendEvacuated this weekendCalle 12Shopping in MeridaWorking in MeridaThis little girl (see below)Grandparents homeMost of these taken on Sunday June 7th in Chicxulub. Anyone who has walked these streets with me or on your own will be surprised to see these photos.This little girl with her 2 brothers were abandoned by her parents to her grandparents of whom her grandma has had a stroke. Her grandpa is an albanil and fisherman who has no work. Beside her is her grandparents...

June 2020 Dispensa

For me this was a different manner of doing the dispensas. Jody and Carmita were comfortable with the format as they had done it before. But for me it was different. Many of the homes I remember visiting where not as I remembered and many changes related to the weather and neighbours! Some folks came to the house while others stayed at home. Lots of masks and warm smiles! GabriolaRicardo’s houseCristaneDeltaEpifaniaLost everythingFransisca, Dea and MariaTania UrbanaWorkers delivering material People who are needing assistance this month: We met Tania and Gabriela, sisters who are both married, have 3 children and both husbands are out of work and both pay 2000 pesos a month for rent; A family who lost everything; Workers delivering material received dispensas instead of tips; A young woman with 2 children whose husband is frustrated and broke everything they had asked for help including glasses. A letter was posted at the comisario that we have free landfill and one family arrived and took some away. Another manner of help. Thank you for all your responses via Konrad, Food for Children, Canada Helps or directly to my bank in Canada.  Since the request went out April 3rd the Food Bank has received $5000 and have helped many people of Chicxulub with both food and clothing during this difficult...
May 2020 Dispensa

May 2020 Dispensa

Hi to everyone.  Well it happened again when Carmita and Jody  delivered the dispensas.  People are getting a tad bored and antsy waiting to get back to a “normal” day.  However the needs continue and so do we.  PaulinaCristinaOscarFransiscaAdelinaCarmita y Mirna There have been many organizations working in the Progreso area and I want to give them a good round of applause. This will continue until the visus is controlled. Yucatan Giving Outreach nonprofit 3,879 packagesProgreso Relief has handed out more than 1000 packagesChicxulub Soup KitchenPedro Tec Ixil, Chicxulub Pueblo about 100 packages Still on...
FYI

FYI

Julian Zacharias Curi Office: Out everyday in the area May 4, we begin the 2nd round of dispensas sent by Governor Mauricio Vila.  It is important to follow this protocol. 1 Identifies the State Government and City Council teams.2  Use face masks.3 Present your INE or official identification, this is required to keep a check and that no house is missing.4 Answer brief questions from City Hall staff.5 Allow photos to be taken for delivery verification. Finally, for all those who have stable economic situations I ask that you refrain from receiving aid and donate it to benefit citizens who really need it.  #ProgresoParaTodos May 5th The mayor of Progreso, Julián Zacarías Curi, decreed a “curfew” in the entire municipality starting this Tuesday, from 7 pm to 5 am the next day. The Town Council approved this measure in a session that took place this Monday. In a live broadcast from his Facebook account, the municipal president announced the measures approved in the Town Hall session. According to him, the measure is to reduce mobility. The action will be in effect until May 18. During this time, the traffic of private vehicles will be restricted throughout the municipality, as well as pedestrians. Everyone will have to stay in their homes. Vehicles and citizens found on public roads will be sanctioned. May 6th: the first death from the Covid-19 coronavirus was registered in Progreso, Yucatán; the victim was a 58-year-old man from one of the colonias on the west side of Progreso. May 7th: a temporary shelter for people living on the streets was officially opened Thursday by Mayor Julián...