As previously reported, this is a program to improve the living conditions of the poorest of the poor in Chapala. There are many dangerous and unsafe living conditions, as well as old people and children sleeping on the bare ground or soggy mattresses, and without decent chairs or tables.
This past month, the program committee has worked with city hall and SIMAPA to fix holes in walls and roofs, to replace doors and windows, and to stop water leaks and backups. All without cost to the residents.
Now, it’s time for the next phase. And this is where expats can help. People are in desperate need of beds and mattresses, stoves and hot plates, toilets, sinks, tubs, chairs, tables, shelves, and anything for the home. Used items are just fine. Even extra bricks, cement, paint, and wood will be welcome. These people have next to nothing. Some are abandoned women with children, and some are elderly people in poor health.
To prevent the recipients from trying to sell what they receive, they will have to sign a contract not to sell for one year. Compliance will then be followed up on.
Here’s how the program will work. Expats are asked to bring usable items into city hall tomorrow from 10am to 2pm. They will be photographed with their donations, and the photos will be posted in the main sala. They will fill out a card with their contact information.
Then, when their donation is to be given to a home, the donor will be invited to attend the delivery. So, donors will actually be able to see how their donations will be used. This is a very personal program, in that respect.
And, the Lake Chapala Reporter will also publish the names of the donors.
Donations will be accepted at city hall starting tomorrow, and again next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 to 2. People who do not have extra home items are encouraged to buy from local bazaars, thereby benefitting others, as well.
See you at city hall tomorrow! Gloria Perales, your City Hall expat liaison, will also be there to welcome you.
Here are some of the living conditions found.