Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Jan 29 - Feb 6
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CHIRIA has been operating in the state of Oaxaca for more than 20 years, serving mainly families and children in need in the region. CHIRIA has great team of local staff that help operate the three main programs of their ministry: Shelter, Education and Food. Today they are limited in terms of space, due to the facilities they are renting and have reached out to EMI with a desire to develop a new campus in which the three programs of the ministry are integrated in a more adequate and sustainable way. EMI's vision is to see people restored by God and the world restored through design, and thus we see a clear connection between the ministry of CHIRIA and EMI Mexico. We are excited to join them, give voice to their vision, and help them plan for the future.

Project Scope

Some time ago CHIRIA acquired a 20.5 hectare property with a good location and sufficient spatial capacity, but with challenging topographical features. CHIRIA has reached out to EMI Mexico requesting our collaboration in this project. The full project scope includes the following elements 

  1. Common Areas
    1. Parking
    2.  Warehouses and workshops
    3. Administration / offices
    4. Kitchen and Dining Room
    5. Sports areas
    6. Auditorium
  2. Housing
    1. Children homes
    2. Staff housing
    3. Short-term volunteer housing
    4. Dining room / Conference area
  3. School
    1. Classrooms
    2. Workshops / laboratories
    3. Library
    4. Admin.
  4. Infrastructure
    1. Farm
    2. Hydroponic Garden
    3. Accesses, roads, trails
    4. Water / Wastewater systems
    5. Electrical system
    6. Maintenance / storage buildings

— Jorge Aguero Lewis, EMI Mexico trip leader


Architecture: Planning, Landscape, Gen. Arch.
Civil Engineering: Potable Water, Wastewater, Civil Engineering, Grading
Electrical Engineering: Power Distribution, Solar, Electrical Engineering
Structural Engineering: Structural Engineering
Survey: Surveyor
Other Specialties: Photo, Video
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