Four years ago, two devastating earthquakes ripped through communities across central and southern Mexico. The loss and trauma the earthquakes caused can never be truly understood by those who live outside of these communities. Yet, you and more than 18,000 other people joined together in solidarity to raise more than $4.3 million in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes and in the years since GlobalGiving launched the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund.
The disaster recovery process for a community is never linear and can take many years before any sense of stability, safety, and restored livelihood is achieved. Thanks to your donation, GlobalGiving has been able to live up to its commitment of making long-term, flexible grants to a broad network of 32 community-led nonprofit partners based in earthquake-impacted communities to drive recovery and resilience to future disasters. These trusted partners have been on the front lines of serving their communities since those first terrible days after the earthquakes in September 2017. And they remain hard at work to this day, in part, because of you.
As we now close our Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund, I’d like to share five incredible highlights that are a direct result of your generosity:
Though we are now closing this fund, these trusted nonprofit partners in Mexico remain hard at work. They need your support to continue the long journey to full recovery, especially given the compounding effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to explore our partners’ pages linked above and, if you are able, consider making a donation to fuel their critical efforts.
From everyone at GlobalGiving, thank you for joining us in this important work. Your generosity and support have driven community-led disaster recovery in Mexico.
With immense gratitude,
Chase + the GlobalGiving Team
P.S. We invite you to learn even more here about the amazing GlobalGiving nonprofit partners driving long-term earthquake recovery.
The impacts of the September 2017 earthquakes in Mexico did not simply come in the form of wreckage, destruction, and loss. The aftermath also galvanized female leaders across the country to be on the forefront of recovery. Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer (known as Fondo Semillas), one of GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners in the country, created the “Women Rebuilding Their Communities” program to provide grants and technical assistance to grassroots women’s groups working on recovery efforts in their communities.
Thanks to your generous donation and commitment to long-term disaster recovery, GlobalGiving has been a substantial long-term contributor to the program. After more than three years of supporting 24 grassroots, women-led organizations, Fondo Semillas concluded its program just last month. You can read about the incredible success of the program here.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Alejandra, one of the community leaders supported by Fondo Semillas. Alejandra is a director of Una Mano Para Oaxaca (also a GlobalGiving nonprofit partner), an organization working in Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca—a town that was severely impacted by one of the 2017 earthquakes.
“Our dream is to see Ixtaltepec as a regional example of cultural sovereignty and social justice through personal and community development. We want our town to be capable of using its culture, as well as its ancestral and traditional knowledge, to generate a solid platform that will allow it to restore the community’s health. We plan to continue creating and sharing so we can repair the cracks in our community,” Alejandra said.
Thank you for choosing to support community-led disaster recovery in Mexico. After more than three years of funding long-term earthquake recovery, GlobalGiving will soon distribute our final round of funding and close this Fund. In months ahead, you will receive a final report highlighting all we have accomplished together.
Chase + the GlobalGiving Team
This past September marked the third anniversary of the pair of devastating earthquakes across central and southern Mexico. Much has changed since that time, including the current realities thrust upon the world by the COVID-19. What hasn’t changed is the dedication and hard work of the dozens of GlobalGiving’s local, community-led nonprofit partners in Mexico that continue, day in and day out, to meet the long-term recovery needs of communities impacted by the earthquakes.
Thanks to your incredible generosity and support for our Mexico Earthquakes Relief Fund, our nonprofit partners still lead the way on the long journey to recovery. Here is a snapshot of how your donation continues to help communities in Mexico impacted by the earthquakes of September 2017:
All of this critical work has been made possible by your donation. From everyone at GlobalGiving, thank you for joining with more than 18,000 people to drive long-term recovery in Mexico. We will be back in your inbox early next year to update you further about how your donation is making a difference in support of local, vetted nonprofit organizations.
Chase + the GlobalGiving Team
It’s been a tough few months for the entire GlobalGiving community, from our nonprofit partners working in areas still struggling to recover from recent disasters to our staff grappling with the impacts of a devastating virus and ongoing fight for racial justice in philanthropy. In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, GlobalGiving has continued to support community-led relief efforts by providing flexible grants to nonprofits in over 30 countries through the Coronavirus Relief Fund and the Hardship Microgrants Initiative.
Whether it’s an earthquake or a global pandemic, our incredible partners are experts in listening and responding to the unique needs of their communities. Your generous support of the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund has enabled our team to distribute flexible, emergency-response grants to our trusted partners. These emergency-response grants increase our nonprofit partner’s capacity to continue critical rebuilding and fight against COVID-19.
Take a look at a few of the ways our partners are responding:
While communities around the world continue to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, thank you for your commitment to local, vetted organizations that are working to protect and heal their communities before, during, and long after a disaster.
Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team
While natural disasters are inevitable, their long-term impacts are often amplified by pre-existing inequalities, marginalization, and environmental degradation. When crisis-stricken communities have the power to make decisions at the local level throughout the recovery process, there is the opportunity to build resilience to the impact of future disasters. Now, almost three years after the devastating September 2017 earthquakes in Mexico, GlobalGiving’s locally led nonprofit partners continue to lead long-term recovery efforts by focusing on new models of collaboration, perspectives on gender roles, and interaction with the local environment.
Thanks to your generous support of the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund, GlobalGiving made a new series of grants at the start of 2020. Here are a few highlights of how our partners are already hard at work:
Stabilizing Livelihoods through New Economic Opportunities
Holistic Infrastructure Recovery
Thank you for your generous support of a community-led, long-term approach to disaster recovery.
Andrea + GlobalGiving Team
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When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
We make it easy, quick, and safe to support people on the ground who understand needs in their communities better than anyone else.
They were there long before the news cameras arrived, and they’ll be there long after the cameras leave. They know how to make their communities more resilient to future disasters, and they’re already hard at work. GlobalGiving puts donations and grants directly into their hands. Because the status quo—which gives the vast majority of funding to a few large organizations—doesn’t make sense.
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