Musician Carlos Santana, a native of Mexico, donates $100k through his Milagro Foundation to help quake-affected children. Photo credit: Maryanne Bilham.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 5, 2017) — Following the recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico, legendary musician Carlos Santana today announced he is making a $100,000 donation through his Milagro Foundation to support Save the Children's relief and recovery efforts to help children and families in his home country.
"Following three recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico, I am making a $100,000 donation through the Milagro Foundation to support Save the Children's relief and recovery efforts to help children and families in Mexico. Our brothers and sisters in Mexico are in desperate need of our compassion, love and support at this time. I'm proud to make this donation through the Milagro Foundation to Save the Children, which is on the ground directly responding to children's needs following the earthquakes. I encourage everyone to join me in helping our neighbors get back on their feet. Let's come together as one to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families," said Santana today on his Facebook page.
Armando, 12, and his grandfather (not pictured) are now homeless after their house was reduced to rubble by the one of the Mexican earthquakes.
Following a third major earthquake in just over two weeks in Mexico, Save the Children is responding to the urgent needs of communities affected by the disasters in Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos and Oaxaca. Save the Children is opening child friendly spaces to provide emotional support through play and learning to help children deal with stress they have encountered. Save the Children will also support the recovery of educational infrastructure and housing reconstruction.
On September 7, a powerful earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale struck in the Southern area of Oaxaca, Mexico, causing widespread destruction. Just 10 days later, another violent earthquake measuring 7.1 rocked Mexico City and was felt across at least six states. This was followed by yet another earthquake of 6.1 on September 21. These earthquakes and their aftershocks have caused over 300 deaths, 577 schools and almost 25,000 homes are completely lost. Thousands of people have been displaced.
One of the children affected by the earthquakes is Armando, 12, who lives with his grandfather in Tepapayeca in Puebla state. Their home was reduced to rubble in the earthquake. He says, "I don't feel too bad about losing my house. The most important thing is my family. It doesn't matter if our house is destroyed or our furniture is gone. What matters is my family and that they're ok."
Since 1973, Save the Children has served children in 18 of Mexico's 32 states through programs in education, health and hygiene, nutrition, violence prevention, eradication of child labor and exploitation, environmental education and rapid response in emergencies.
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