Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund

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Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund
Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund
Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund
Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund


In the aftermath of the Mexico earthquakes that struck almost two summers ago, donors like you rushed to provide support to a region rocked by tragedy. While the funds raised came from all around the world, the recovery work of our partners is homegrown. 

Fundación Tosepan: Tamakepalis is Nahuatl for “mutual aid”. For many of the indigenous tribes in Oaxaca impacted by the earthquake, traditional values of community members helping one another are vital in the long-term reconstruction of their societies. Faced with the severe lack of government assistance after the disaster, and located in a mountainous region that is not easily accessible to large aid organizations, community leaders are taking a local approach to rebuilding. These attitudes are reflected in decisions made by consejos de barrios (neighborhood councils) on the upcoming timeline for the reconstruction of partially damaged homes.

Now in the long-term recovery phase,  Fundación Tosepan continues to work with neighborhood councils, university students, and local masons to rebuild homes using traditional adobe and seismic-resilient techniques. 

Manos Que Reconstruyen Oaxaca: One of the primary goals of rebuilding after a disaster is to ensure the economic reactivation of a community, an objective this nonprofit hopes to achieve through its traditional craft and agricultural production. Workshops focused on preserving the art of high quality shoe-making with recycled materials, and teaching families techniques for self-sufficient community gardens, all contribute to an economy that is bouncing back stronger than before the earthquake. 

Cooperación Comunitaria: After rebuilding 154 traditional ovens vital to the income of many women in the Isthmus de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Cooperacion Comunitaria took a community feedback approach to better assess the continued unmet needs 20 months after the disaster. Its findings proved that the spirit of communal work groups continue to underline the recovery process. In May, the women of the community organized a tequio (traditional work group) to host a celebration of local construction workers who worked incredibly hard to rebuild homes and centers of gathering.

This is just a snapshot of the amazing projects shaping the long-term recovery of regions affected by the 2017 earthquakes. Donations like yours continue to support local organizations in their mission to be led by traditional communal values, an approach that allows all members of the community to rebuild together. 


With gratitude,


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Photo from Manos Que Reconstruyen Oaxaca A.C.
Photo from Manos Que Reconstruyen Oaxaca A.C.

A year and a half ago, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico and was followed just days later by a second, 7.1-magnitude quake. The devastation was widespread and the recovery is still ongoing—and donations like yours are making a difference.

This past October, GlobalGiving hosted our first class of Disaster Feedback Fellows, a group of ten leaders in disaster recovery who came to Washington, D.C. to attend and speak at the 2018 Feedback Summit, promote their disaster recovery projects to peers and funders, and to learn from other community response teams.

Take a look at what two of the Fellows are doing at organizations like Fondos Semillas to give women a voice in recovery and Cooperación Comunitaria to build back stronger and more resilient in Mexico!

Here’s a look at the work being done by GlobalGiving partners with your support:

Manos Que Reconstruyen Oaxaca, A.C. is hosting workshops for local women affected by the earthquakes to safeguard local knowledge and crafts as well as generate more income for themselves and their families in order to rebuild their homes.

Construyendo Comunidades Integrales, A.C. is harnessing the power of volunteers to join with their construction workers to rebuild a kindergarten classroom destroyed during the earthquakes. The materials used (galvanized steel wire of high strength) will provide a long term safe space for the students. They are also helping rebuild the homes of the Torres and Nava Juarez families.

Fundación San Ignacio de Loyola, A.C. is hosting community workshops and restoring the homes of 20 families. They are including each family in the design of their home through “participative construction” guided by construction specialists.

Fundación Comunitaria Oaxaca, A.C. is working to provide holistic disaster recovery from the reconstruction of homes to psychosocial support; from establishing detection, prevention, and response techniques to strengthening the local economy through small businesses.

Pro Ayuda a La Mujer Origen, A.C. is promoting psycho-emotional support, facilitating the reconstruction of housing, promoting sustainable economic growth through local artisanal textiles and embroidery, strengthening social bonds through meeting spaces and community input, and promoting community resilience through response plans and risk mapping.

IsraAID is further developing their Safe School program in which they support public school communities by providing a holistic, participatory and educational Disaster Risk Reduction approach and tools.

Thank you again for your generous support of the continuing work of helping communities in Mexico recover and rebuild. We're looking forward to sharing more stories of progress with you in the coming months.

With gratitude,
Belén + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo from Amextra

Tomorrow will mark one year since a massive 8.2-magnitude earthquake shook Oaxaca and Chiapas, which was followed just twelve days later by the 7.1-magnitude quake that struck south of Puebla and was felt throughout central Mexico.

The two earthquakes resulted in catastrophic damage over a wide area—tens of thousands of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed, and more than 6,000 people were injured and 468 lost their lives.

Our community-led nonprofit partners have remained hard at work over the past year, striving toward a complete recovery with support from GlobalGivers like you. To date, 18,015 of you have raised $4.3 million to fund 14 vetted nonprofits that provided emergency relief in the days and weeks following the earthquakes and have now transitioned into long-term recovery work.

As we approach the anniversary of these two devastating earthquakes, we're launching a matching campaign that will match 100% of new donations to our vetted nonprofit partners continuing to help the people of Mexico recover and rebuild.

Here’s a look at what your donation has helped accomplish so far:  

  • Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C. has worked with the community of Ciudad Ixtepec in Oaxaca to rebuild homes and the local economy with an eye toward resiliency and sustainability. They’ve rebuilt kitchens and the comixcal ovens used to make totopos, a local staple. They also partnered with community members to develop a new oven design that’s reinforced to withstand future earthquakes and requires less wood to construct and operate, helping reduce the growing problem of deforestation in the area.
  • Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C.’s “Women Rebuilding their Communities” project is strengthening the leadership of women in the recovery process and ensuring that entire communities benefit. They’re funding local women's groups and partnering them with technical experts who will help with assessment of damages, legal assistance, and eco-friendly construction to improve the impact of local recovery projects.
  • In Tetela del Volcan, Morelos, 700 homes were damaged and 300 were deemed total losses due to damage from the second earthquake. Amextra is undertaking a holistic recovery effort, not only rebuilding permanent homes, but also providing post-traumatic stress workshops, training for local businesses, and scholarships for students at risk of abandoning their studies due to the new financial burdens caused by the earthquake.
  • Fundacion El Buen Socio Te Apoya, A.C. has organized a temporary school and community kitchen to serve the families and children of Xochimilco, one of 16 boroughs in Mexico City, where more than 1,000 homes were rendered uninhabitable due to earthquake damage.
  • In Chiapas and Oaxaca, Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC is helping residents recover and rebuild their homes, schools, and community centers with earthquake-resistant materials and processes.
  • NPH Mexico is rebuilding Casa San Salvador, their school that serves as a home to 430 children in Miacatlán, Morelos. With support from GlobalGivers, they’ll be able to repair damaged floors and walls, install new water and electrical systems, and replace doors, windows, and bathroom fixtures.
  • International Community Foundation is working with local partners in Chiapas, Estado de Mexico, Morelos, and Oaxaca to support children dealing with trauma, develop community emergency response plans, improve community resiliency, and help local coffee growers recover.
  • TECHO and Habitat for Humanity International are conducting community surveys to assess needs and prioritize recovery work, mobilizing volunteers to repair and build homes and roofs, and organizing community meetings to involve stakeholders in recovery plans throughout earthquake-affected areas.
  • IsraAID is supporting school communities in Morelos by providing holistic, participatory educational tools aiming to mitigate risks and reduce vulnerability towards hazards, fostering safe and healthy learning environments, so far reaching more than 15,000 students, teachers, and administrators.

Thank you again for your generous support of our Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund, and for making the smart decision to donate cash to fund an effective, community-led approach to disaster recovery. We'll be back in your inbox in the coming months with more stories of progress toward a full recovery for people throughout the Caribbean.


Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo from Un Techo Para Mi Pais Mexico
Photo from Un Techo Para Mi Pais Mexico

As we move into the seventh month of earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, we’re excited to share how your donations have helped local organizations identify needs in their community and achieve key milestones in critical projects. While we have seen significant progress in many projects, some of the work is still just getting underway, and it will require several years to support Mexico in its full recovery and development.

Today we’d like to highlight the inspiring work done by three GlobalGiving partners whose work your generous donation has supported. They’ve worked in their communities to develop creative, thoughtful restoration projects and implement sustainable, community-led programs.  

Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C. has been working with community members in Ixtepec and Oaxaca from the initial stages of its recovery work.  During the assessment of damage, women expressed the pressing need for kitchen repairs to sustain their livelihoods and feed their families.  Their staff determined that 94 women needed 78 kitchens, 94 comixcales (a traditional oven), 72 bases for the comixcales, and 34 bread ovens.

Since that assessment, Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C. has held a kitchen-building workshop with women to assist in the efforts to recover traditional knowledge. They used your donations to buy and deliver 94 comixcales in four neighborhoods, 19,000 bricks, and material for the comixcal bases! Women are now working together to rebuild their ovens and kitchens—check out Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C’s video of a traditional comixcal in action! They plan to complete the construction of 70 houses and the remaining kitchens over the course of 2018.

Un Techo Para Mi Pais Mexico (A Roof for my Country) has chosen to work with communities in Mexico that were previously in need of development and thus at a higher vulnerability risk after the earthquakes.  They have completed building 314 emergency homes in the State of Mexico, Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, and Oaxaca! They’re planning to build an additional 221 houses, and they have expanded the work into Chiapas as well!

Finally, the International Community Foundation is working with numerous nonprofit organizations to ensure that students have access to education, quality psychological treatment, and filtration equipment for clean water. At the advocacy level, ICF is part of the movement to increase transparency in the reconstruction efforts known as the #CIUDADania19S project. They have joined forces with other NGOs in Mexico to insist upon clear updates and reports. Your donations have supported the following programs and many more:

  • Paidi, I.A.P. and an orphanage in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City to support children in their recovery from post-traumatic stress after the quakes
  • Voces y Visiones de Malinalco to build 15 temporary classrooms for 400 students in Santa Monica, Ocuilan, a rural community in the State of Mexico
  • Cántaro Azul, A.C. to install water filtration systems for communities near Oaxtepec, Morelos

On behalf of GlobalGiving and our partners on the ground, we would like to thank you for your continued generosity to support this recovery.  Mexico is at a critical stage in the recovery process, and the work completed thus far inspires us for the future resilience to come!

GlobalGiving staff will be visiting our nonprofit partners responding to the earthquakes this spring, and we will be reaching out soon with additional stories and updates on the progress! Thank you for your commitment to earthquake recovery in Mexico.

Iliana + the GlobalGiving team

Photo from Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.
Photo from Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.
Photo from Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.
Photo from Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.
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Photo from Fondo Unido

This September, Mexico was struck by two of the most powerful earthquakes the country has ever experienced. On the 7th, the first earthquake hit off the southern coast and rumbled through the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Just two weeks after, on the 19th, a second temblor struck central Mexico causing widespread damage across Mexico City, Puebla, and Morelos.

The loss of life and the destruction of buildings, infrastructure, and livelihoods have put many communities in vulnerable states in the wake of these two natural disasters. Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGivers like you who’ve raised more than $3.9 million to support locally driven nonprofits in Mexico, we were able to send funds immediately to organizations on the ground to address urgent relief needs. Now, almost three months after the first quake, your donations are continuing to support the people of Mexico with long-term rebuilding efforts, including work to build local capacity and increase disaster resilience for the future.

Since our last update, we have sent funds to incredible organizations, which are transitioning their efforts to long-term recovery work, and we’re excited to share stories of progress from our partners with you today.

  • Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C. is working with communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca to evaluate and plan efforts that address the needs of the community. They have met with local women to determine the best strategy for rebuilding their kitchens to resume producing totopos (corn chips), which are one of their main sources of income. They have also evaluated the damage to infrastructure and housing and met with construction workers to negotiate fair prices for rebuilding resilient housing and kitchen structures.
  • Fondo Unido I.A.P. is working closely with local schools to help repair structural damage and build safe buildings for students. Through workshops, they’re supporting affected communities by providing knowledge about preventing damage from future natural disasters; for example, they’re teaching community members how to identify risks and vulnerability factors in their homes and other buildings in advance of future disasters. The goal is to improve community response times and identify shelters in advance.
  • Located in Chiapas, Proyecto Impacto Consultores A.C. is providing food, water, medicine, and psychological support to communities outside the major cities. They are a lifeline to those living in rural areas with less direct access to relief services. Your donations made it possible Proyecto to purchase a vehicle for distribution of aid from the coast of Chiapas to smaller, more isolated communities such as Tonalá. Their team also specializes in geologic analysis and safe construction techniques, and they are assisting in rebuilds to ensure that structures are built to the appropriate code and will withstand future earthquakes.
  • Proforestal A.C. has a dedicated team of nine people delivering shelter supplies to three communities: Santa Maria Huamelula, Santiago Astata, and San Pedro Huamelula. The team has persevered through the heavy rains the region after the earthquake to continue to provide blankets, tents, cots, and tarps to people in need.
  • Jakes’ Diapers is providing diapers at no cost to families impacted by the earthquakes in Mexico. During times of disaster, families face additional stress and burdens, and basic necessities can be difficult to obtain. Jake’s Diapers seeks to alleviate some of those worries by providing cloth diapers, a necessity for young babies.  
  • The International Community Foundation is working with Dibujando Un Mañana to support schools and orphanages in Oaxaca and Mexico City and a medical team in Morelos. They are also working with Cantaro Azul to install water filters for rural communities.
  • IsraAid is transitioning to their long-term recovery strategy and working with response teams to share medical and psychosocial expertise with families communities affected by the toll that these earthquakes have taken on their lives.     

With long-term relief efforts now underway, the people of Mexico are beginning to recover and our partners are committed to working with communities until safety is secured, resilience plans are in place, and optimism is restored. Thank you for your continued support of the people of Mexico, and we look forward to keeping you updated on the progress being made.

Iliana + the GlobalGiving team

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Photo from Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.
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