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With a little help for Rafa and his family

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$585
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Goal $850

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This is Rafa. He is a hard worker, and was supporting his young family as a taxi driver until he was assaulted last week after picking up a client at the Chedraui supermarket here in town. The passenger cut him on the neck with a machete ( 3mm more, and he would have cut the carotid artery) and tried to stick him with an icepick. The same attack happened to three other taxi drivers in town, with no apparent motive other than evil. 

Rafa is, fortunately, recovering from his physical wounds, but also dealing with serious PSTD.

This crowdfunding page is one way to give him some time while he is looking for full-time work other than driving a taxi- a significant challenge with the local tourism-based economy in tatters from the pandemic.    He was working 60 hours a week, making on a good month around 5600 pesos ( $280 U.S.), so the goal is to raise $840 U.S. which would be around 3 months of his salary. 

He comes from an honorable, hard-working family, and his two brothers have worked for me steadily for 17 years. They have been the only people, especially men, who I have entrusted my children to as occasional babysitters. The family has gone through a very tough year as it is, with the mom and brother Paco both having life-saving surgeries back to back this summer, paid out of pocket and through loans. Whatever is raised above the $840 USD will go towards the medical debts that they have with loans from local banks ( $47,000 pesos, or $2350 USD). 

Thank you in advance for any donation you would like to make. If you have any leads for work for Rafa in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas Mexico please send me a message or email at michaelgreces@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Mike

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