The Tikun Olam academic course came to an end. In “El Terreno”, an urban garden that offers a space for recreation and nature in the middle of the city, we closed the program that meant a lot to the students on their way to being humanitarians. During the closure, through seed bombs and a practical guide to changing the world, Tikun Olam graduates left inspired to make their inner and outer world much better. Thanks to the students of Peterson Schools, Colegio Israelita de México ORT, La Yavne, Colegio Hebreo Maguen David, Colegio Or Hajayim, and Colegio Hebreo Tarbut MX for allowing us to spend a whole school year together, changing minds and hearts!
We share with you the interview of our GoTeam rescuer, Yosef Laniado, with the journalist Pedro Ferriz de Con, where he tells us about the great work that rescuers are doing in the collapsed building in Miami. “Hope remains, no matter how many days go by” he says. Thanks to Pedro Ferriz de Con for the space.
On Thursday, June 24, CADENA’s Go Team, mobilized to Surfside, Florida, to support the rescue actions of the victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse, where at the moment it is known that 4 people unfortunately lost live and 159 are unaccounted for.
Rescuers in the field are Arielle Shturman Waiss, Guidian Shturman Waiss, David Israel Benaim Getzel, Ely Saad Braun, Yosef Laniado Mareyna, Ariela Wulfovich Kahan and Moises Soffer Luchtan.
In addition to this first response, CADENA volunteers and the entire community, are gathering in-kind donations to support those in need.
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For the first time in CADENA, the Florencia Nightingale Committee was held, where women members of Jewish-Mexican volunteerings and of the Feminine Federation of the Jewish Community of Mexico will seek to promote menstrual hygiene in vulnerable communities in our country. This committee will work to ensure that more women in Mexico have access to a dignified menstruation. Members: Orly Grobi, Esther Zaga, Yael Yaffe, Raquel Weintraub, Sara Zetune, Tete Nehmad and Sharon Kafka.
In the First National Survey on Discrimination in Mexico, conducted by INEGI, 30% of those surveyed believed that “the only thing the indigenous population has to do to get out of poverty, is not to behave like indigenous people.” This opinion is a very harsh reflection of the discrimination that this group of the population experiences on a daily basis, and that promotes the lack of opportunities for them to access fundamental rights as education, health and employment. For this reason CADENA, in conjunction with CDHCM, Huerto Roma Verde and Corazón Capital, started the CADENA Community project, in which we will seek to channel support to the Otomi Community of the Colonia Roma. We are just starting with this project, and a few days ago our CADENA volunteers delivered pantries to Otomi families; but in addition to bringing food, we will also be working to provide solutions to their community.
Claudia Herrera Melgar, Executive Secretary of CEPREDENAC (Coordination Center for the Prevention of Disasters in Central America and the Dominican Republic) visited the offices of CADENA Mexico in order to continue strengthening ties to promote the integrative management of GIRD risk, resilience, prevention and timely responses to crises and disasters in Central America. At the meeting, our General Secretary, Benjamin Laniado, presented the CADENA work team, following up on the Collaboration Agreement signed in February between the CADENA Foundation / CADENA International and CEPREDENAC. From this meeting, CEPREDENAC and CADENA established joint actions that will allow us to help and make a difference.
We are very proud of the great honor of lighting one of the commemorative torches on the 73rd Anniversary of Israel’s Independence. We lit this torch on behalf of all the volunteers who dedicate their lives to repair the world, and who seek that each person can achieve their happiness. These are the emotional words of Gabriela Sztrigler, a CADENA volunteer who has participated in important missions around the world, highlighting the Humanitarian Intervention in Honduras to help those affected by Hurricanes IOTA and ETA. And the words of deep gratitude and pride from our General Secretary, Benjamin Laniado, who always dreamed of seeing CADENA lighting one of the torches.
April 22 is the International Day of Mother Earth, established by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and recognized by many countries around the world as a day of appreciation and reflection on our beloved planet. Every year, millions of people gather for this celebration, either with the intention of thanking the Earth, or to raise awareness of the climatic challenges we are rapidly approaching.
Throughout their history, men have found sustenance on Earth. When migration was necessary, the lakes froze and made it possible to cross from one continent to another. When men needed to eat, the land was fertile and supplied them with harvest. When water was needed, rain came to satiate humanity. Even in times of illness, the Earth offered natural remedies to cure us. Men have always been able to count on the planet to survive. However, it has been easy to fall into the mistake of taking advantage of the kindness with which this home has opened its hands.
Today our planet is in danger, and it is crying out for us to do for it what it has done for us for thousands of years. It is extremely important that we pay attention to what the Earth is trying to communicate to us, and that we are willing to change our habits for others that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. In this give and take, and within the framework of Earth Day, we invite you all to incorporate environmental attitudes that contribute to making a difference into your daily lives. Change is possible and it lives within each one of us. Because every day must be Earth Day!
By Miriam Salame Chacra.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; his wife, Sara Netanyahu and members of the Knesset welcomed Gabriela Strigler, the CADENA volunteer who will light the torch at the Commemoration Ceremony of the 73 Years of the State of Israel. We are very proud of our volunteer and the CADENA community, representants of our message of humanitarian action and Tikún Olam. If you want to hear Gabriela’s words addressed to the Prime Minister of Israel, click here: https://fb.watch/4Qs_RA8BOK/
We are very pleased to inform you that Cadena Foundation / Cadena International signed a collaboration agreement with CEPREDENAC, Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic. This agreement aims to facilitate and explore cooperation in Central America. We are sure that together we will be able to reach further and reach more people in need.