Earthquakes in Mexico and How to Help : New Worlder

Yesterday, mid-afternoon, a powerful and destructive earthquake hit Mexico, raving Mexico City and nearby territories. Marking the 32nd anniversary of another major disaster: the 1985 quake that killed as many as 10,000 people in Mexico, this new tragedy comes on the heels of an 8.1 magnitude quake — the most powerful earthquake in Mexico in a century — that killed at least 90 people, just two weeks ago.

With a magnitude of 7.1, the New York Times reports “about 40 buildings and other structures in Mexico City collapsed, including at least one other school.” As of this reporting, 216 people have been reported dead. Eyewitnesses on the ground have told New Worlder that “the city is mayhem,” and while many survived injury or casualty, “the whole picture is really terrifying.”

While Mexico most certainly needs our love, the country also needs our help financially as it begins the process of assessing and rebuilding. To help our friends in Mexico, we’ve compiled a list of verified ways to donate to the relief effort which we will update regularly as new information on donation sites and fundraisers becomes available.

To Send Funds or Supplies Internationally:

While some organizations are looking for monetary donations, there is a massive need for clothes, water, and food. Click through the following links and offer your assistance as you’re able.


Red Cross Mexico
International Community Foundation
Brigada de Rescate Topos
How to Help Mex


Global Giving
Salma Hayek’s CrowdFunding Page for UNICEF

ALL DONATIONS (including vital supplies like water, batteries, food):

Oxfam Mexico
Save the Children Mexico
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Project Paz

For those on the ground, a list of local donation collection centers can be found here.

For more information on helping from our friends on the ground at Good Food Mexico City, click here.

Fundraisers for Mexico Earthquake Relief:

Hotel Americano x Project Paz — New York City: After hosting Sabina Bandera for Hotel Americano’s sixth annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day on September 15, the property’s La Piscine rooftop restaurant will continue to feature a Sabina Bandera inspired menu through October 2017. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Project Paz, an New York-based non-profit funded by young Mexican-American professionals, that has partnered with El Paso Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to help Mexico earthquake relief.

Drink & Dine for Mexico –Brooklyn: Remezcla partners with top Mexican chefs and mixologists across New York City this Friday October 13 at Remezcla headquarters in Brooklyn to raise funds for earthquake relief efforts. Minimum donations to attend the event are $100, and all profits will be donated to Global School Spirit. Click here for tickets!

Tacombi’s Domingo de Barbacoa — New York City:

Tacombi will host a Sunday Barbaco event on October 22 at North Brooklyn Farms on the waterfront. The restaurant will be slow-cooking beef seasoned and wrapped in banana leaves served on hand-pressed tortillas. Guests can also expect fresh tamales, esquites and other antojitos. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Unión x Oaxaca. Click here for tickets!


Sunday Asado Series at Colonia Verde — Brooklyn: To benefit relief efforts in Mexico, Colonia Verde will be donating proceeds from all tickets to Fundacion Carlos Slim, who is very generously giving 5 dollars for every dollar donated to Mexico.

Grupo Habita — Mexico City: In response to the earthquakes in Mexico, Grupo Habita is implementing a donation drive to help the relief efforts in Mexico. A portion of sales at the restaurants and bars at The Americano and La Piscine will go to a non-profit which is donating to humanitarian aid in Mexico. Also, Grupo Habita’s properties in Mexico are also serving as collection centers of goods to support the victims in Mexico City and Puebla for the population in need.

Mixtli — San Antonio, Texas: Part of the proceeds for October dinner tickets will go towards aid in Mexico and the areas affected. To purchase, visit

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