Within the span of only 16 days, Mexico experienced three massive earthquakes that killed hundreds of people and created widespread destruction. On the evening of September 7, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Chiapas state, marking the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years. The earthquake was felt throughout southern Mexico and as far as Guatemala City and Mexico City, resulting in at least 90 deaths and widespread damage.

Then, on the afternoon of September 19, the anniversary of Mexico’s devastating 1985 earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude quake struck about 100 miles from Mexico City. With many buildings collapsed or damaged, the earthquake has left the city scrambling to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble. There was also a 6.1 magnitude earthquake Saturday morning, September 23, centered in Oaxaca state near Matias Romero, a town about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Many families living in poverty were the ones who were hit the hardest, losing their livelihoods and their homes. Additionally, local basic infrastructure of schools, police offices and health clinics was lost, making these families more vulnerable.

Mexico’s civil society has mobilized to support people in this emergency setting by sending food, water and hygiene kits. However, the reconstruction of the cities and towns is still a very great challenge.

J&J aligned with their Credo values will join efforts with The Resource Foundation (TRF) and local partners in México, Puebla, Chiapas and Oaxaca states to evaluate needs and identify areas for effective collaboration in affected communities.

Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation is very important to the men, women and families who will work to rebuild Mexico in the coming months. As a company, let us stand together with those in need! #FuerzaMexico

All donations will be matched by J&J 2 to 1!! To take advantage of the matching program, please be sure to check the “Corporate” box on the donation page and include “Johnson & Johnson” in the comments section.

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Cover Photo: “Visita a zona de Oaxaca afectada por sismo” by Presidencia de la República Mexicana is licensed under CC BY 2.0