María*, 10, demonstrates the steps to handwashing, Mexico

10-year old Maria* attends a “What is Coronavirus?” workshop in Tijuana, Mexico where Save the Children is helping to protect children and families from the coronavirus pandemic.

A Powerful Earthquake Rocks Mexico as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

The people of Mexico don't need another reminder of how vulnerable they have become after almost four months of coronavirus concerns. The country recently became one of the few anywhere to hit 1,000 COVID-related deaths or more in a single day.

The pandemic triggered an unprecedented socio-economic crisis that is draining resources for families all over the world. This is especially true in fragile communities with health systems that are already stretched thin. In Mexico, close to half of the population — 46% — live below the poverty line. 

For children living in countries already affected by violence, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will further increase the risk of instability and households falling into poverty.

Falling buildings is the last thing Mexico needs. And yet on June 23, that nearly become a reality. 

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck in the state of Oaxaca. It caused buildings to sway. It forced residents to flee home--the very home that represented a place of safety. 

While no one can predict when an earthquake will strike, precautionary measures have been made exponentially more complicated due to coronavirus. Water and other critical hygiene supplies may be in short supply, especially for families in Mexico who are already struggling to put food on the table. 

Should the unimaginable happen--a devastating natural disaster in the midst of a deadly global pandemic--response and recovery plans will take on a unique and complicated set of challenges. When a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City in 2017, dozens of buildings collapsed, including a school. 

Save the Children responded to the urgent needs of communities affected by the disaster. Our teams opened opening child-friendly spaces to provide emotional support to help children deal with stress they had encountered. 

“People have shown enormous solidarity, Save the Children Mexico’s Programs Coordinator Hanna Monsivais said at the time. "Volunteers are bringing water, food, clothes and face masks."

Save the Children’s COVID-19 Response in Mexico

Thanks to the support of our donors, Save the Children teams in the U.S. and worldwide have been on the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning. We are working nonstop to help reduce transmission of the virus, supply vulnerable families with food and hygiene items, reduce the pandemic’s severe disruptions to children’s education and address their emotional well-being.

In Mexico, our teams are distributing hygiene kits and materials to families in overcrowded settlements. Unable to practice good hygiene or keep a safe distance apart to prevent the virus from spreading, these families and children are at an increased risk. Large-scale testing is impossible, and the lack of accurate information can give rise to rumours and fear.

The hygiene kits we are distributing have soap, hand sanitizers and information on how to stay healthy and protected. Your support can help keep children in Mexico and around the world healthy, learning and safe during this crisis.

*Name changed for protection

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