A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico on September 19, 2017, killing nearly 400 people. In Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City, close to the earthquake’s epicenter, there was widespread damage to homes, schools, businesses, and public infrastructure. While the Government of Mexico has an incredibly high capacity to respond to disasters, international assistance was necessary to support a full recovery for all affected communities.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy research identified several needs that exceed the capacity of government and local nongovernmental capacity including: housing, medical and mental health needs, and small business recovery.
Approximately $300,000 was donated to the CDP Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund.
February 2018 – Full fund distribution
The grant committee for the Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund includes:
Committee Chair: Lori J. Bertman, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge- based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. Lori is the co-founder and chairman of the board of CDP.
Aryah Somers Landsberger, Director of Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Eliza Brennan, Program Officer, Education/Arts & Culture , International Community Foundation
Carlos E. Mejia, Humanitarian Change Goal Manager, Oxfam America Foundation
Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded
For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:
Assistant Director, Disasters and Grants
Regine A. Webster