10 Numbers That Show The Remarkable Recovery After Mexico’s 2017 Earthquakes

After two massive earthquakes hit Mexico, local leaders and their communities came together to rebuild and recover—for the long term. Follow their journey through these numbers.


9-7-17 + 9-19-17

The dates that hundreds were killed and countless homes, schools, and community buildings were destroyed after two devastating earthquakes struck central and southern Mexico. Within one day of the first earthquake, GlobalGiving launched its Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund.


The total amount of US dollars raised by more than 18,200 individuals in the GlobalGiving community to support Mexico earthquake relief since 2017. People from across the world—including award-winning actor Jaime Camil—joined together in solidarity to fuel this long-term response.


The number of GlobalGiving grants made through the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund to more than 30 different vetted nonprofit partners based in and working in communities in central and southern Mexico impacted by the earthquakes.


The number of grassroots, women-led organizations across Mexico our partners at Fondo Semillas supported through the Women Rebuilding Their Communities program. Read about their program’s incredible success here.


The year our partners at Fundación Tosepan rebuilt 12 earthquake-damaged homes in the community of Santiago Mamalhuazuca near Ozumba, Mexico. Despite the immense challenges of the pandemic, the organization was able to partner closely with the local neighborhood council to design and rebuild the homes in a participatory, community-led way.


The number of people in San Pablo Hidalgo that now have access to clean drinking water because of rainwater harvesting systems installed by Investigación y Soluciones Socioambientales (SURverde). Learn more about the organization’s incredible work by watching this video (in Spanish).


The average number of women that attended AYOK’s workshops in Morelos focused on gender equity, life and business skills, and carpentry. The organization remains strongly focused on restarting economic activity in communities that were disproportionately impacted by the Mexico earthquakes in 2017 and affected by socioeconomic challenges before then.


The number of medical consultations Un Buen Grupo de Amigos completed in six days through its Mobile Medical Unit that serves the three municipalities of Tetela del Volcan, Jolalpan, and Tehuitzingo. While the physical rebuilding of homes and buildings has been vitally important since 2017, many earthquake-impacted communities also needed to rebuild their health care systems as access to services became much more limited after the earthquakes.


The number of updates sent to people who donated to the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund. These reports described how every dollar was used to support locally led disaster relief and recovery.


The number of years that GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Team issued grants to support local, vetted organizations based in Mexico. As we mark the fourth anniversary of the deadly Mexico earthquakes in 2017, GlobalGiving is now closing the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund. But our commitment to community-led, long-term disaster recovery continues.

Learn more about GlobalGiving’s ongoing community-led disaster response work across the world.


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