The world is full of tragic situations and sometimes it’s difficult to discern where to place the focus in order to be able to lend a helping hand. Right now, we want to report on two campaigns supported by national and international artists that combat the situations that are threatening the lives of a massive amount of people who were affected by the earthquake in Mexico and by the passing of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico.
In Mexico this past September 19th, a 7.1 Richter scale earthquake occurred with an epicenter in Puebla. Since that day and after various aftershocks, the number of deaths has reached 326 and it has left 5000 homes abandoned.
The civilian population is getting organized, doing rescue work, gathering food rations and providing medical help for those in need. A group of artists have come together for rescue work and others to donate money from the sales of their products in order to provide reconstruction and humanitarian aid in general. You can find more information under the #ayudamexico #helpmexico hashtags on social networks or at the help organizations like Omaze.
Defy, one of the Puerto Rican artists describes the situation on the island:
“Hurricane Maria crossed the island of Puerto Rico with a force and fury that the country had never before seen. The destruction extends throughout the whole island. 100% of the island lost access to electricity and potable water service was interrupted for the vast majority of households. There are currently 15,000 displaced people and the number is steadily increasing with the constant flood threats. Seventeen deaths since the storm have been confirmed and authorities are continuing to work to save the lives of those who remain in danger. The situation is critical and the country needs all the help it can get. You can visit www.gofundme.com/help-
puertorico to donate. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the local organizations who work to help those communities on the island the are most in need. They provide medical assistance, water, food and other essential items. In addition, they will assist in long-term recovery programs. ANY AMOUNT COUNTS and will help in building the country back up again.”
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Another group of artists have joined the cause by directly donating and offering the full profits from sales on their artistic products under the hashtag #HELPpuertorico.