Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tropical Storms
The past month it has been Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tropical Storms in much of Mexico. While you see the rescues going on and it is in the news, our hearts are with those that lost everything. What about the lost dreams that many will live after the TV cameras and the news reporters have left. It is a sad and heart breaking story yet to unfold over the next few years.
The governemnt has pledged $120,000 pesos to those that that lost everything, to help them rebuild. That is roughly $7,050 USD to start from scratch and rebuild a dwelling to live in. That would allow you to build a very small, one bedroom home with a tiny kitchen and a small bath with a shower. That might help many IF it could be done within a reasonable time frame. Here are some things to consider.
Before you get your hands on any of that money, you will need to identify who you are and show ownership of the land on which you want to build and the fact that you had a building there already. For many, this will be the first nightmare. They will have lost all their papers in the floods that followed the storms.
To get a copy of your birth cretificate requires a copy of your mother and fathers marriage certificate for starters. Some of these people come from parts of the country where records are not kept very well so this could take months. Second, where will they find help, the offices that handle this will all be temporary and lacking much of the records that they once had. It will be a massive undertaking that will require a lot of help from the areas not hit with the Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tropical Storms.
Next, they need proof of ownership of the property and proof that there was a house on that property. That can only happen after they can prove who they are so back to step one. Second, many of these people are too poor to pay their taxes on time so they don’t pay them. It never becomes an issue unless they want to sell the land. When they go to apply for the money to rebuild they might find much of it taken to pay back taxes.
To prove that a house did in fact exist on the property, they would want to show their building permits. That is another problem because many of the houses are built without permits or with a permit for a one room building which after it is complete, has been made into a house with added construction but no permit. It sounds like it is their fault but remember this is a country where the average daily wage, IF you can find a job, is between 200 pesos and 5oo pesos. That is between about $11 USD and 22 USD. Not a lot to feed your family, pay your electric and water bill with and send your children to school.
Then there is the building material and the labor to do the building. Most of the bricks are being made only a few weeks ahead of need by small companies that will also be starting production from scratch. Electrical wiring, plumbing, cement, the needs are great.
And last. Where will these families live while they wait for their house to be build? There are not places to rent, they have been distroyed along with everything ealse. No schools to send the children too. The schools need to be rebuild.
There is so much hardship ahead for these people. Once the TV cameras and the news companies have left, the struggle really begains. Perhaps there is one hope. Next year is an election year for a new president of Mexico. This may mean that those seeking office will keep up the pressure to help these people as the person running for office tries to show his or her good side. But work fast because once the election is over, so is the news coverage.
We are lucky, Nothing has happened this far north……………Yet!