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Helping Mexico Survive and Rebuild with Your Donations

By Leonarda Reyes

The earthquake tragedy in Mexico goes beyond adjectives, with hundreds of volunteers and officials working without stopping, and after days and hours, under rain and darkness, they keep digging to find survivors or at least dead bodies for their families to mourn before the machines finally clear the areas and buildings that were destroyed.

There is not much time left now. Still, when a fist goes up in the air from the rescuers, that mean they have heard something, a voice, some noise, and many other fists go up, everybody keeps quiet, with hope in their hearts.

On Friday Mexico City went back to business, with entire areas closed to the public, after three days of restricted traffic and closed businesses to allow rescuing work and relief help to save what could be saved.

Even after the city is in full activity, there will still be hundreds of families without a home, kids without no clothing, in fact, the reconstruction might take years.

How can we, living outside of Mexico City and the many other heard hit towns and pueblos, help? Donations are the immediate answer, but the next step gets a little complicated, who to and how?

There is so much information and besides, who do I want to donate to? Is it safe from corruption? Will the funds really go to the people in need? We can choose to donate to the most reliable institutions and hope, not allowing that such a suspicion prevent us from helping if we really want to do it.

Here is a list of banks and organizations that are most secure.


Donating to organizations

Mexican Red Cross. The funds go to emergency relief; the organization is also supporting Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla and Morelos.

Name: Cruz Roja Mexicana

Bank: BBVA Bancomer

Account: 0404-040406 Clabe: 0121-8000-4040-404062

International donations: Swift code: BCMRMXMMPYM .

UNICEF. The funds go to help children, in Mexico and any other country where needed.

Bank Account: 1976039404

Name: Fondo de las Naciones Unidas

Bank: Banamex, address: Lomas, Ciudad de México.

Bank Swift Code: BNMXMXMM

Bank Clabe: 002180019760394046

ABBA #: 021000089


Save the Children México (Fundación Mexicana de Apoyo Infantil)

HSBC. The bank will donate $1x$1peso.

Account: 0211800 403 845 91110

International: Swift: BIMEMXMM


Topos Tlatelolco. Volunteer rescuers, they are the guys on the frontline (on television you can see them in orange uniform). Several Topos groups emerged in the aftermath of the 1985 earthquake, and volunteered in other countries, some Topos groups don´t accept donations, this one does.

Banco: Santander

Cuenta: 920 007 092 94

CLABE: 0141 8092 0007 0929 42



Donating to banks

The government just set up a private fideicomiso (escrow) named Fuerza México and headed by businessmen and bankers, construction companies and others. This is an effort to centralize the funding to better plan the reconstruction. By donating to banks the funds might in the end go to escrow fund, except when the bank stated otherwise.

You can just go to your favorite bank and ask to donate or make a transfer.

Citibanamex. Will give $1 peso x $1 peso donated.

Account name: Fomento Social Banamex A.C.

Transfers clabe: 002 180 010 000 001 205

International donation: SWIFT BNMXMXMM


Banco Inbursa. Owned by Carlos Slim, yes the very Slim we know, will donate $5 per $1 peso donated.

Account: 11111111111

Cuenta CLABE: 036180111111111111

Name: Fundación Carlos Slim


Bancomer. Donated $550 thousand dollars,


Banorte–Will donate $1 x $1

Name: Fundación Banorte

Account: 000-000-0019

Clabe: 0725 8000 0000 0001 92


Intercam. Will donate $1 x $1

Banco: Intercam Banco

Cuenta: 001 333 333 330

CLABE: 1361 8001 3333 3333 06



Name: Ayuda Santander

Account: 65501821470, reference: 100 Ayuda Santander

Clabe: 001452310655018214704


Fuerza México (escrow). Funds will help the reconstruction.

Bank: Nacional Financiera (Fideicomiso Fuerza México)

Número de cuenta: 0110975907

Clabe: 012180001109759074.

Dollars, account: 0110975915, clabe 012180001109759156



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