September was quite a month for disasters in Mexico and around the world. The devastating multiple earthquakes here in Mexico; hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean; flooding in Nepal; and, volcanic eruptions in Bali have all taken a toll on our senses and emotions. Today, I’m focusing my blog on how you can help with earthquake relief in Mexico and elsewhere.
First, let me say that there has been a common reaction, a common response and a common demonstration of support to help our fellow human beings. So many people from all over the world have rallied to help those less fortunate than us. I would like to take this space in my blog this week to reach out to all of you who are now or thinking about being expats. We are citizens of the world and if we can help out a fellow citizen, I say let’s do it.
The people that I work with at my company have decided to contribute 5 percent of our monthly earnings from now until the end of the year to the relief efforts in Mexico City. My company is going to match those funds. I have also personally made donations to those in need in Mexico City, Oaxaca and in Puerto Rico. There are hundreds of organizations at the national and local levels that are helping those most in need.
Here are a few links to organizations that are providing help:
Topos is an organization that was formed following the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. They perform rescue efforts all over Mexico and have been instrumental in aiding those in need after the events last month.
Unidos Por Puerto Rico is spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico. This organization is currently raising money for people to rebuild their homes following the destruction by Hurricane Maria.
Finally, Charity Navigator can help you understand what each charity does with the donations they receive and help you decide the best charity for your donation.
Pay it forward; you never know when you might be the one in need.