RIU Hotels & Resorts has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to in support of urgent education and protection following the earthquakes that occurred on Sept. 7 and Sept. 19 in Mexico.
The aid will used to build temporary classrooms, as well as for purchasing the furniture and equipment needed by students and teachers.
According to UNICEF calculations, RIU's donation could contribute to building and setting up nearly 100 classrooms, which would enable hundreds of children to immediately resume their education while waiting for schools to be repaired or rebuilt.
RIU has 18 hotels in Mexico, including the Riu Yucatan, its very first hotel. As a result, the company has had a long withstanding relationship with the country of Mexico for 20 years.
The chain went to work immediately following the earthquake to help alleviate the suffering of the victims. RIU selected UNICEF as a partner due to the organization's dedication to children.
The earthquakes have damaged, to a greater or lesser extent, more than 5,000 schools in the states of Mexico, Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla and Oaxaca, in addition to Mexico City. RIU's aid will be dedicated to guaranteeing that the children can continue studying while the damaged schools are being rebuilt. The most urgent priority is to enable the children to resume their education immediately under good conditions and with guarantees of safety and hygiene.
In addition to the classrooms, the funds will also be used to offer training to teachers on providing psychosocial support to children traumatised by the tragedy. The classrooms built with RIU's donation will be located in various municipalities of the five states most affected by the earthquakes: Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca and Chiapas.
RIU is already working on organizing medium and long-term stays for children who are significantly affected by the earthquake and show signs of psychological trauma, as it has been demonstrated that play, leisure activities, the sea, the beach and relaxation time with family are highly beneficial in the recovery process.