Los Carpintruenos, whose name combines carpinteros (carpenters) and truenos (thunder), is a group of seven volunteers whose mission is to generate effective, quick, and direct aid in the construction of houses and temporary refuges in both a long- and short-term capacity to regions affected by the earthquake. Los Carpintruenos met while assisting with carpentry, demolition, reconstruction, and rescue work in the area around calle de Gabriel Mancera, Mexico City’s post-earthquake “ground zero”. Buoyed by a sense of purposeful collective energy, they decided to stay in touch as they continued to assist with rebuilding efforts throughout the capital. More recently, they have decided to expand their work beyond Mexico City, transporting supplies to the towns of Jojutla and El Jicarero in the state of Morelos. These supplies were distributed directly to those in greatest need and the trip enabled the collective to better assess which communities might benefit from more involved aid in the form of construction work. After arranging the necessary logistics, they returned to El Jicarero with the objective of building three small temporary houses that were both durable and resistant, as well as to assist with the temporary re-roofing of a house that had collapsed during the earthquake. The group successfully realized their goals with great efficiency, building one of the structures in a record ninety minutes. The group is also working on editions of screenprints based on their logo that will be printed in two formats: a smaller one to distribute to friends and acquaintances who have supported their work, and a larger one to raise additional funds for the collective in order for them to continue to expand their operations.
¡Corazones enormes que martillean con fuerza!
(Huge hearts that hammer with strength)
Santiago Vázquez (27) Master builder and coordinator
Alan Valdivia (29) Illustrator, musician, and sculptor
Oscar Vázquez (20), builder
Carlos Ramírez (18) builder
Eduardo Ortiz (18) builder
Roy Muñóz (33) Musician and coordinator
Omar Barquet (38) Visual artist, arts manager, and coordinator