How they do it in Sayulita
Posted by Daniel H on April 9, 2020, 9:24 am, in reply to "Re: Other ways we can help"
Well said Claudia. My post was meant to compliment Lee's post but |
failed. Let me try again.
When I went to Melaque yesterday I went with a friend from Sayulita.
She told me what is happening up there, I asked her to type out what she
told me, here is her report.
Sharing Sayulita’s experience with Covid-19.
Since the safety measures started taking place the community has been
adhering to protocols as best they can. They have opened a Facebook
page called “Sayulita Cuida / Sayulita Cares” that is focused solely
on the ongoing situation and helping the elderly locals, single
mothers, and families who are currently jobless. They opened a
GoFund Me account in which countless Sayulita locals and Sayulita
lovers have been donating. The Sayulita cares group and the
volunteers have been purchasing provisions and medication.
They started off by purchasing locally and further on, they have
been ordering supplies and making trips to Puerto Vallarta to
conclude purchases. The town itself has come up
with several ways to help each other. Some people have volunteered
with time, others have offered their vehicle for transporting
groceries and delivering, others economically, others with
sharing food they make at home or in the case of restaurant owners,
some have advised the community how many free meals they can
hand out per day.
As of this past weekend, the community has closed down the town
with the help of a group called “Gavilanes Vigilantes”.
The Gavilanes are a locally formed group that took the initiative
of looking out for the town’s security. They have been operating
in town for the past couple of years after the town was struck
with a not so great experience of ongoing theft during vacation
rentals and also regular living spaces. They make civilian arrests
and wait for the correspondent authorities to arrive and take
over. In many cases where the affected party is a foreigner, they
help the person make the “demanda” so police can actually proceed
with a case, instead of just holding the person for a couple of
hours. There have been thefts in local stores and on the beach
while people are taking a swim, as of now they have been able
to recover the majority of lost items. They keep the town updated
and informed during a situation. Sharing everything from
security camera footage to identity descriptions, so the town can
keep an eye out, they advise once they get a hold of the unwanted
individual and they share once the person is in custody. The town
also helps keep the Gavilanes' team going and helps with donations
The Gavilanes operate 24/7 and also help patrol the beaches during
the night to help care for the Marine Turtles. In this case, they
are now working 24/7 to keep both of Sayulita’s town entrances
closed. Only locals are allowed in and out of town. There is
a group of approximately 60 people with face masks taking note of
the vehicle that is leaving town and the passengers on
board. If the vehicle comes back to town with more passengers or
other passengers, they are kindly asked to leave. They started the
operation Saturday evening and shared their first report Sunday
evening advising in the past 24hrs they had denied entry to over
Sharing both "Sayulita Cuida / Sayulita Cares" and "Gavilanes Vigilantes"
Facebook page so you can take a look at this amazing proactiveness:
Sayulita is a close-knit community and always finds a way to
keep smiles going in town. This situation hasn’t proved differently.