The Destruction Caused By The Mexico Earthquake Is Catastrophic. Here's 5 Ways To Help.

These five organizations are dedicated to providing both long and short-term help.

On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit central Mexico. ABC News reports the earthquake, which occurred on the 32nd anniversary of another massive quake that devastated the country, struck approximately 75 miles southeast of Mexico City and caused extensive damage in the bustling metropolis and surrounding areas. Early reports indicate more than 200 people have died and at least 44 buildings were leveled, including homes, schools, and office buildings. Many other structures were damaged and partially destroyed.

According to CNN, the possibility of aftershocks stands to complicate the rescue missions for trapped civilians — including dozens of students in school when the earthquake hit — that are currently underway.

As Mexico deals with the overwhelming need for immediate assistance and begins to assess the scope of the damage, we've compiled a list of five organizations that have already promised to help however they can. The list includes both larger aid organizations that operate worldwide, as well as local entities dedicated to helping the region recover and rebuild.



1. The Mexican Red Cross

The Mexican Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to help those impacted by the earthquake. As the site states, "Our team is working in different points for the attention of people injured and affected by the earthquake."

The organization also notes displaced people and rescue workers are in need of water, clothes, toiletries, batteries, flashlights, and more.

2. Brigada de Rescate Topos

The Brigada de Rescate Topos was actually founded after the aforementioned massive earthquake that hit exactly 32 years prior to yesterday's catastrophic event. According to Bustle, the local relief effort is made up of volunteers who are trained to go into collapsed buildings and rescue survivors after disaster strikes. The site notes volunteers need help securing their own food, water, and shelter in the coming weeks.

Learn more at the link above.

3. Unicef Mexico

Per BuzzFeed News, Unicef Mexico is dedicated to helping some of the smallest victims of yesterday's tragedy — children. As you can see from the tweet above, the organization with headquarters in hard-hit Mexico City has already established friendly spaces for children impacted by yesterday's earthquake to learn and play.

Unicef Mexico has also made clear it is dedicated to safeguarding the emotional health of all the children who have been affected, which will be incredibly crucial going forward.

4. Operation USA

Operation USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to helping communities alleviate the effects of disaster, disease, and endemic poverty throughout the world. They have aided in the recent hurricane recovery efforts, and are committed to helping children and families in need in Mexico as well. 

Though the immediate need for aid is obviously great, "Operation USA remains dedicated to long-time partners in Mexico in the wake of these devastating earthquakes," according to their site. "We continue to call on supporters and partners to provide donations that will assist in making grants and delivering material aid to the hardest hit areas." 

To donate, click here.



5. GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that provides a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects around the world. They currently have a specific effort dedicated to Mexico earthquake relief that has already raised upwards of $134,000.

"This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild," the site states. To donate, click here

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