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Tzu Chi to Provide Six Large-scale Distributions of Disaster Aid in Mexico

Press Release     |    December 6, 2017 by Tzu Chi USA


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Those impacted by the Sept. 19, 2017, earthquake in Mexico need financial aid to rebuild and Tzu Chi will provide disaster relief of benefit to over 10,000 households.

Mexico City, Dec. 6, 2017 – The massive 7.1 –magnitude earthquake that struck Central Mexico on September 19, 2017, caused extensive damage in the states of Puebla and Morelos, and in the Greater Mexico City area. Beyond the tragic loss of lives, many buildings collapsed or were damaged and require extensive repairs, while businesses were affected resulting in livelihoods interrupted, all of which combined has left many families struggling to recover.

Over the past 2 months, Tzu Chi has been conducting an extensive and detailed disaster assessment in the hardest-hit areas. The assessment was conducted in collaboration with local volunteers who know their communities well, and who were trained by Tzu Chi volunteers in how to determine damage and collect data. By going from house to house in the areas impacted, this team effort resulted in the creation of lists of households in need of aid in several municipalities and cities. Tzu Chi will now provide disaster relief to those households.

“Nowadays, we live in a global village and we are one family. Earthquakes occur in Taiwan often, and we endured great hardship after the big one in September 1999. When we heard about the massive earthquake here in Mexico, we rushed to bring our love and care to let you know that you’re not alone, and we know how you feel.”

Stephen Huang, Executive Director of Global Tzu Chi Volunteers

The distributions will provide direct financial aid of benefit to over 10,000 households, along with blankets to offer comfort and warmth. Between December 7 and 14, six large-scale distributions will be held in the State of Morales and Mexico City (schedule with dates and locations below). Depending on the number of people living there, each household will receive a gift card of 8,000, 12,000, or 16,000 Peso, with which to purchase what is most needed. This financial relief will help set families on the path recovery and a return to a normal way of life. Tzu Chi will concurrently provide medical outreach where and when indicated below.


Distribution & Medical Outreach Schedule

Date
City/Region
Location
12/7
Tláhuac
Centro Social de Barrio, San Pedro Tláhuac
12/8
Xochimilco
Deportivo Popular San Gregorio, Atlapulco Av.
12/9
Xochimilco
Explanada del Centro Deportivo Xochimilco
12/11
Tlaquiltenango
Parque Acuático El Rollo (Distribution & Medical Outreach)
12/12
Zacatepec
Estadio Agustín Coruco Díaz (Distribution & Medical Outreach)
12/13
Jojutla
Unidad Deportiva Niños Heroes (Medical Outreach Only)
12/14
Jojutla
Unidad Deportiva La Perseverancia (Distribution & Medical Outreach)

About Tzu Chi

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit NGO with the missions of charity, medicine, disaster relief, and education. Its footprint of aid at the forefront of poverty reduction and disaster relief has reached over 94 countries since 1966. To learn more, visit: tzuchi.us or www.tzuchi.org.tw/es/

Media Contact:

Tani Foncerrada,
+52 1 55 8532-7194,
mexico@tzuchi.us


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