Supporting children recover and heal after Mexico’s earthquake

by C&A Foundation on Sep 14, 2017

This past 7 of September, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake -the strongest in a century- rocked the southern coast of Mexico.  The state of Oaxaca was one of the hardest hit, leaving 800,000 people, or about 20% of the population, homeless. It is estimated that 310,000 children are amongst those affected by the quake, lacking access to healthcare and exposed to safety risks.

In the city of Juchitán, in Oaxaca, more than 30% of all building were damaged, including the General Hospital and around 139 schools.  Approximately 23,000 students are unable to go to school.

Since 2015, C&A and C&A Foundation have been partnering with the global children’s charity Save the Children to deliver humanitarian aid in emergency situations. Thanks to this long-term, multi-million euro partnership, over the past year we have been able to support relief efforts in Haiti, Brazil, Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh, reaching over one million people. This week, C&A Foundation is pledging support to Save the Children’s efforts in Juchitán, Mexico.

As of last Sunday, September 10, Save the Children has been on the ground in the worst affected areas of the city, operating with a team of 15.

They are working with the Office of Civil Defence and offering psychological and social support to children in child-friendly spaces in shelters and hospitals. Save the Children is also a member of the national emergency committee both at the state and municipal levels and they are working to expedite the renewal of healthcare and educational services for affected children.

In emergencies, children are often the most susceptible to injury, exploitation, abuse and other dangers. Child-friendly spaces are safe spaces where children are cared for and protected, and offers parents some respite to take care of their family situation. These spaces are vital to the recovery of children, taking care of their unique needs offering activities, games and informal education.

Once the initial relief efforts are over and recovery starts, Save the Children will work to build the resilience of the community, while helping to rebuild schools.  All this with the help of its partners, including C&A Foundation.

If you would like to make a donation to Save the Children’s efforts in Oaxaca please go to directly to the their Mexican website (in Spanish):