Last updated on September 15th, 2023 at 01:47 pm
The devastating earthquake that recently impacted Morocco is one of the deadliest in the country’s modern history. We at Remitly want to express our heartfelt solidarity with the people of Morocco during these tragic times.
On September 9, 2023, an earthquake of significant magnitude struck the High Atlas mountain range, close to the cultural and economic powerhouse of Marrakech. The effects of the earthquake were felt far and wide, even as far as Casablanca to the north. Thousands have lost their lives, thousands more are injured, and still, others are missing.
The earthquake was particularly powerful, registering at 6.8 on the Richter scale and causing significant destruction, especially in communities near the base of the Atlas Mountains.
Morocco Earthquake Relief Efforts
While the government and international aid agencies have activated all available resources to help those in need, the mountainous terrain has made it difficult to reach certain areas. Despite these challenges, there is a spirit of unity and resilience among residents and authorities as they work to recover.
We understand that during trying times like these, every little bit counts. We launched an employee giving campaign to support non-profit organizations responding to the immediate crisis in Morocco, and Remitly will match donations made during September through our campaign dollar for dollar, up to $5,000.We also made a special offer to customers sending money to Morocco in the time period immediately following the disaster.
Financial aid can provide vital relief, whether for medical bills, rebuilding efforts, or daily necessities. We’re committed to ensuring that your help arrives swiftly and safely to those who need it the most.
As we hope for the best and prepare for the work ahead, Remitly stands with Morocco. Our thoughts are with all those affected.
How to Help
If you’re looking for ways to support relief efforts in Morocco, these reputable organizations are accepting donations.
The mention of these organizations here does not imply an endorsement of Remitly by the organizations, nor does it imply an endorsement of these organizations by Remitly. These details are provided solely for informational purposes.
The International Federation of Red Cross has allocated 1 million Swiss francs from its Emergency Disaster Relief Fund to support the efforts of Morocco’s National Red Crescent Society. Additionally, the British Red Cross is actively calling for financial contributions.
The International Medical Corps is working with the World Health Organization to provide emergency medical assistance. They’re collecting donations here.
The United Nations has stated it is in active dialogue with the Moroccan government and is prepared to contribute to aid activities. UNICEF is seeking financial support for immediate help to children and families in crisis. Learn more here.
Doctors Without Borders has deployed a crisis response team to Morocco and is welcoming contributions through its online platform.
GlobalGiving, a non-profit entity, has established a specialized fund aimed at delivering essential items like food, clean water, medicine, and shelter to those affected by the earthquake. The fund will also support initiatives aimed at long-term economic recovery and relief. Learn more here.
CARE, an international charity organization, has initiated an emergency response strategy with a focus on aiding vulnerable populations such as women, girls, the youth, and other marginalized groups. They are currently accepting online donations to support their efforts.