Mexico Disaster Relief Fund
Within the span of only 12 days, Mexico experienced two massive earthquakes that killed hundreds of people and created widespread destruction. On the evening of September 7, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Chiapas state, marking the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years. The earthquake was felt throughout southern Mexico and as far as Guatemala City and Mexico City, resulting in at least 90 deaths and widespread damage.
Then, on the afternoon of September 19, the anniversary of Mexico’s devastating 1985 earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude quake struck about 100 miles from Mexico City. With many buildings collapsed or damaged, the earthquake has left the city scrambling to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble. Current estimates from USAID confirm at least 337 fatalities and over 44,000 damaged buildings, including roughly 10,000 schools. Over 5,000 individuals remain in emergency shelters while many families can be seen sleeping on the streets due to evacuations or fear of staying inside their damaged homes. Save the Children estimates that 2.2 million children and adolescents reside in the areas most seriously affected by the September earthquakes.
In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop initiatives that offer ongoing assistance in the medium and long-term so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses and restore their livelihoods.
TRF is in contact with its local partners in México, Puebla, Chiapas and Oaxaca states in order to evaluate needs and identify areas for effective collaboration in affected communities.
Cover Photo: “Visita a zona de Oaxaca afectada por sismo” by Presidencia de la República Mexicana is licensed under CC BY 2.0
How You Can Help
Support these efforts by donating below. Donations made to The Resource Foundation are tax deductible to the highest extent allowed by law. To learn more about the Mexico Disaster Relief Fund and how you can support its work, please call TRF at 212-675-6170.