Here’s how to help Mexico after deadly earthquakes


Mexico still needs help after it was hit by two major earthquakes in as many weeks.  

A 7.1-magnitude quake has left more than 200 people dead in Mexico City and the central states of Mexico State, Guerrero, Morelos and Puebla. And on Sept. 7, about 96 people died during an 8.2-magnitude earthquake – the strongest to hit the country in more than a century – that mostly affected the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, but was felt as far as Guatemala City across Mexico’s southern border. 

Here are several organizations that are receiving donations for relief and recovery efforts: 

  • Topos Mexico is a nonprofit rescue brigade made up of volunteers that was created after a 1985 earthquake. The group posted on Twitter with information on how to donate through PayPal and its bank accounts, as well as thanking people for their support. 
  • The Mexican Red Cross has been accepting direct donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items. 
  • Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas. 
  • Fondo Unido Mexico, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquakes as well as the recent series of hurricanes. 
  • Unicef Mexico, part of the United Nations system, is collecting funds through its website which the organization says will help children receive support and return to classes. 
  • Save the Children is offering relief efforts focusing on children and their families affected by the earthquakes.
  • Global Giving’s Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund is seeking to raise $1 million for emergency supplies, food water and medicine, as well as help survivors recover and rebuild. 
  • The International Community Foundation will channel contributions it receives to help victims of the Sept. 7 quake, the strongest to hit the country in more than a century. Which affected the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, parts of Mexico City and Guatemala City in Guatemala.  
  • Oxfam, which has had a presence in Mexico for nine years, seeks to reduce human suffering, make communities more resilient to disasters, and keep government agencies and local organizations accountable throughout their humanitarian efforts. 

With information from The New York Times 


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