We are deeply grateful to the many people who have offered their support to the earthquake-affected populations in Mexico.
Now it is time to target our efforts toward the communities of Oaxaca and Chiapas, which were the most severely affected by the 8.1 magnitude earthquake of September 7. These same localities have experienced several aftershocks some of which (like the earthquake of Sept. 23rd.) have caused more damage and more deaths. Moreover, they have been affected by heavy rains and intermittent flooding for several weeks.
Because of their remote location, very few rural communities receive support from the Red Cross and other large international organizations, which are receiving most of the donations to address this disaster.
To make matters worse, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, whose inhabitants are mostly indigenous, are among the poorest regions of the country.
Government support for these populations is limited, and is all-too-frequently distributed in a clientelist way.
Despite their own efforts, these communities have not been able to resolve the emergency. A great number of homes in these areas were completely destroyed. Their residents are struggling to contain an emergency situation, even as they continue to experience new seismic activity rains and flooding. It is most urgent that they begin to rebuild.
If you are considering donating, we offer here a list of grassroots and non-governmental organizations with extensive experience working in the region. They are reliable, responsible and honest organizations that will allocate resources where they are most needed, primarily to resolve immediate emergency situations and for the reconstruction of homes.
The information on this site will be continually updated, as more trusted organizations are added to this initiative. If you have information about additional reliable organizations that are working to rebuild Oaxaca and Chiapas, please write to us at email@example.com.
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