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When part of Marta Rocha’s home began to burn after an electrical short created flames inside her home on February 24, 2022, she and her three children were dining with family members . When they returned, most of their possessions, including beds, kitchen appliances, furniture and clothing, were completely consumed by the resulting fire.
Although the structure of the house survived, Rocha was in despair. She, along with her brother, inherited her parents’ house. The house is located in the community of Maria Ancer, better known as Pancho Villa, not far from the Adventist University of Montemorelos in Mexico.
“She not only lost most of her material possessions, but also the means to earn money to feed her children,” said Nalda Hernández, who coordinates community management and service vision among university students in the communities. neighbours. “It caused a lot of stress for Marta, who has previously had health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.”
Hernández was contacted by community leaders who wanted to help. Montemorelos University students immediately helped Rocha and her family clean up the house and worked to secure resources to help her get back on her way to earning money to support her family.
Students from the university’s health sciences and music school helped clean the house and gather the few items Rocha and her family were able to salvage. Faculty and staff have teamed up to work out the logistics of the funds needed to help the family, Hernández explained.
“We were able to provide for their basic needs like food while they moved to live with a nearby family member,” Hernández said.
Additionally, professionals from Montemorelos University’s School of Architecture have begun evaluating and studying the house’s reconstruction phases, particularly the roof, university officials said.
Members of the university church and community have already received donations of items, equipment and money, and have enlisted volunteers to help rebuild the house.
“As part of the support offered to the Rocha family, the university contacted the campus family care center to offer psychological support and provided tools to overcome the crisis they went through,” Hernández said. Financial resources and support are still needed for Rocha to find her home so she can return to her family, she added. “Now is the time to put the mission into action,” Hernández said.
Plans are underway to provide beds, mattresses and financial assistance to the family. Community Services Coordinators hope to see the house rebuilt soon so the Rocha family can return home.
the original version of this story was published on the Inter-American Division news sites.