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On Sept. 19, the Mexican population faced one of the worst natural disasters in its history, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter close to Mexico City. It resulted in the mass devastation of one of the most populous cities of the world.
But the people of Mexico have demonstrated great solidarity. They have since been visited by various personalities from all over the world. Artists like Britney Spears and Beyoncé sent their love. And many Mexican celebrities went into the streets to help and provide support to those most in need.
Here are 5 international initiatives allowing you to help rebuild Mexico.
Las personas de mi país han sufrido tres consecutivos desastres naturales. Muchos niños y familias están necesitados. Voy a contribuir $100,000 ahora para UNICEF ya que ellos tienen a equipos ayudando en las zonas alarmantes. Por favor únanse conmigo y contribuyan con lo que puedan. Para más información denle click al link en mi bio. #fuerzamexico #earthquake #sismo #mexico
Mexican Oscar nominee Salma Hayek used her influence to invite friends and fans to donate money alongside Olivia Harrison and the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, as they are generously matching the next $200,000. The money raised will support UNICEF’s relief efforts for children and their families.
Hayek used her popular Instagram account to send the following message: “… I started to raise money to help families who are living in this nightmare. I ask the kindness of your heart to have compassion for these people by contributing with whatever amount you can make a big difference.”
To join Salma and donate to UNICEF, head here.
Dear “charolastras” and Y Tu Mamá También stars Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal have long been known for being woke and for taking action on important matters, using their platforms to support their country. And this time was no different.
After the earthquake, these two teamed with Omaze and launched a collection that has already raised more than a half-million dollars, and you can join them. The money will be distributed to rebuild hospitals, schools and homes that have been severely affected by the earthquake.
Donations will be accepted through Oct. 30, and you can go here to support.
3. The #LoveArmy
One of the most important influencers in Mexico and Latin America, 21-year-old Juanpa Zurita is a friend of many national and international celebrities, and alongside Jerome Jarre, Ben Stiller and German Garmendia he created a network called the #LoveArmy. In the past they raised more than $2.5 million to help fight famine in Somalia. This time the team has already managed to raised more than $1 million through donations. Several influencers and actors, like Luis Gerardo Méndez, Eugenio Derbéz and more, have joined the initiative.
4. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
The mission of the most important university in the country (UNAM) has proven more effective than ever. Since the earthquake on Sept. 19, the university community has organized a collection of food at the University Olympic Stadium, and groups of young students and people went to the most affected areas of the capital: Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca and Guerrero.
One way to join their efforts, especially for those who live in Mexico City, is to attend cultural activities staged at the university’s various venues, such as the Centro Cultural Universitario in Ciudad Universitaria. There are films, theater and other activities, all the profits of which will be donated to those affected by the earthquake.
The fifth way we suggest you can help reactivate the economy of affected areas of Mexico is through tourism.
Alan x El Mundo, a Mexican YouTuber and traveler, went out into the streets of Mexico City immediately following the earthquake to show that while emotions were running high, life had to continue, particularly for visitors who came to visit Mexico excited to explore the nation’s exciting culture.
Mexico needs all our help, and the best way to do this is by helping to promote tourism to the country. We invite you to spend a few days in Oaxaca, where you can visit the ancient ruins in Monte Albán and to walk around the beautiful beaches the state has to offer. Visit Puebla for the delicious food, and get the full experience of vibrant Mexico City.
Let’s remind the world that Mexico is one of the world’s premier spots to vacation.