|Project Amigo Earthquake Report - January 24,2003
Staff - Casa Damage
- Schools - City - Other
Damage - Refiefe Fund - Thank
COLIMA HIT BY 7.8 EARTHQUAKE - Their
On Tuesday, January 21, at 8:06 pm, a major earthquake struck the
state of Colima. The quake was centered off the coast near the beach
Cuyutlan, just south of Manzanillo. The city of Colima and many
villages suffered major damage.
THE PROJECT AMIGO STAFF IS FINE
First of all, we want to thank the hundreds of people who sent
e-mails and called with their concern and offers of help. All Project
Amigo staff and volunteers are fine and all of our houses survived.
Some of us lost possessions - TVs, stereos, lots of dishes, flower
pots, art work, etc. - but none of us were left homeless.
The Project Amigo offices and guest facility in the village of
sustained some damage.. Furnishings and equipment were broken, and
walls will need to be repaired or replaced. Electricity and phone
service were restored later the night of the quake, though both
still fluctuate somewhat.
The children and facilities at the Queseria migrant labor camp,
Rotaria, and the group homes of Maria Angela and Nino Colimense
are also alright, gracias a Dios.
CASA AMIGA DAMAGED
Casa Amiga, our boarding house for high school girls in the city
of Colima, suffered major damage and is not safe to live in. Fortunately,
the house was closed at the time of the quake. We are in the process
of finding interim shelter for the girls while we decide whether
to repair or replace the house. Either way we expect to incur a
great deal of unplanned expenses.
SCHOOLS CLOSED, PROGRAMS INTERRUPTED
All schools in the state are closed until they can be inspected
for safety. We have suspended all Homework Clubs until the schools
re-open. We have contacted all our scholarship students at their
homes which are scattered throughout the state. All are OK, but
some of their family homes suffered major damage or were destroyed.
Volunteer dentist Dr. Harry Johnson and his wife Sheryl, a dental
assistant, had just arrived for a two-week Project Amigo dental
clinic when the quake hit. Fortunately the dental clinic was not
damaged. With schools closed we cannot easily contact or screen
children or transport students to the clinic. Other services to
students -- such as book distributions and motivational talks -
are also suspended until schools re-open.
THE CITY OF COLIMA HARD-HIT
As of this writing, Thursday afternoon, reports are that 166 homes
in the city of Colima collapsed in the earthquake and many, perhaps
thousands, more will have to be torn down due to structural damage.
The hardest hit area was the central historic district with its
old adobe buildings, and the middle-class residential district north
of the Centro where Casa Amiga is located. The death toll is about
28 and rising. Clean-up and rescue operations are continuing.
Local Rotarians are assembling emergency food packages for folks
who have lost homes and kitchens. The Colima Rotary club building
has extensive damage, and the home of the Colima Rotary Club president,
Efra and his wife Adela, is one that will need to be torn down.
OTHER DAMAGE AROUND THE STATE
Some remote rural villages, such as Zacualpan, were also hard hit
by the quake, and reports are still filtering in from villages cut
off when phone and electrical lines went down. Manzanillo and Tecoman
came through OK.
EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND
Project Amigo has set up an Earthquake Relief Fund, and donations
can be made by mail to: 708 Gravenstein Hwy N #183, Sebastopol,
CA 95472, or by credit-card, on-line through our website, www.projectamigo.org.
Be sure to mark your donation for "Earthquake Relief."
The donations will be used to replace equipment and furnishings
lost by Project Amigo, repair or replacement of Casa Amiga, and
to help needy families, particularly the families of our scholarship
Thank you again for all your concern, prayers, and offer of help.
really gratifying to us working here in Mexico to know that so many
people care for us and for the work we are doing.
Photos of quake damage are available on our website at www.projectamigo.org.
Click on "What's New at Project Amigo."
Project Amigo volunteers and staff
Note new mailing address: 708 Gravenstein Hwy N #183, Sebastopol,