Emergency Alert:Two earthquakes struck Mexico in September, destroying thousands of homes, hospitals, schools, bridges and roads. Thousands of families are living in makeshift shelters.
Mexico Earthquakes of 2017
On September 7, a 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck the southern area of Oaxaca, Mexico. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Schools, reduced to piles of rubble. Roads and bridges – un-passable. Then, the unthinkable happened: 12 days later, another violent earthquake destroyed Mexico City – measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. 48 buildings in Mexico City collapsed. Hundreds of people were killed. Within 48 hours, Save the Children was on the ground helping those who are most vulnerable – children.
Our emergency response experts are helping support the immediate needs of children in Morelos, Puebla, Mexico City and Oaxaca. Children who are displaced from their homes, living in makeshift shelters – some without lighting, clean water and sanitation. Many families are afraid to lose it all – they camp outside their collapsed home to keep watch against looters.
Your donation can help us create child friendly spaces, provide health and hygiene supplies and provide essential psycho-social support to children who have seen far too much devastation
Since 1973, Save the Children has served children in 16 of Mexico’s 31 states and the Federal District through programs in education, health and hygiene, nutrition, violence prevention, eradication of child labor and exploitation, environmental education and rapid response in emergencies.