In the wake of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated Mexico, support is needed now more than ever. According to the New York Times‘ latest coverage, 217 people were killed, and at least 60 children were injured when a school collapsed. The earthquake occurred two weeks after the largest earthquake recorded in a century hit southern Mexico, killing at least 90. It’s difficult to comprehend the damage, including the destruction of at least 40 buildings and structures in Mexico City, and people trapped underneath the rubble.
The earthquake follows many other natural disasters that have devastated cities in the US and abroad. Americans came together to assist people after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, so it’s time to help our neighbors in Mexico. Here’s how you can help feed, or otherwise support those affected by the earthquakes.
GlobalGiving: The funds raised will go toward purchasing necessary items such as food, water, and medicine to those in need.
Project Paz: This NYC-based organization was founded by a group of Mexican friends, and was originally targeted at helping children affected by drug violence in Mexico. In light of recent events, they are focusing their efforts and funds on those affected by the earthquakes.
Save The Children Mexico : After the collapse of the school, it is clear that relief efforts for children are necessary. Save the Children Mexico vows to help provide food, water and emergency assistance to kids who are affected by this tragedy.
Topos Mexico: This group was instrumental in relief efforts after a disastrous earthquake in 1985 that killed 10,000 people, and they have been on the ground since the end of the earthquake helping rescue people from the rubble in Mexico City.
Salma Hayek Crowdrise: Actress Salma Hayek started a Crowdrise campaign, which she kicked off with a $100,000 donation. The Mexico native’s goal is to help the families and children who have been displaced and otherwise affected by the earthquakes.
If you’re looking to donate elsewhere, you can always send food to local food banks. We remind you to check independent sites such as Charity Navigator and Charity Watch to check ratings before sending monetary donations. Be on the lookout for charities with longstanding ties to the local communities, and stay active on social media, as many people are still searching for loved ones or in need of wifi to connect with people to let them know they’re safe.