On 8 September 2023, an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.8–6.9 struck Morocco's Marrakesh–Safi region. At least 2,900 deaths were reported, with most occurring outside Marrakesh. Damage was widespread, and historic landmarks in Marrakesh were destroyed.
Rescue missions are underway around the clock in all the affected areas and relief funds have been dispatched to support the local communities in every way possible.
Here are a few ways you can donate to provide relief to those affected:
Supported by the country’s Treasury, Bank Al-Maghrib, the Moroccan central bank, created an account to receive relief contributions from citizens and the global community.
Banque Alimentaire du Maroc (Morocco Food Bank)
The non-profit collects food from various donors and redistributes it through a network of associations and social protection institutions. They shared their bank details on social media, encouraging people to support their efforts.
Donations are also possible through their website here.
High Atlas Foundation
The High Atlas Foundation, a Morocco-based U.S. nonprofit, is providing food, water, and shelter to families in the High Atlas Mountains displaced by the earthquake. The foundation is also committed to long-term restoration and rebuilding.
You can help the foundation reach its fundraising goal by donating here.
CARE Morocco, which launched in 2008, focuses on youth and disadvantaged groups in rural areas of the country. In the aftermath of the earthquake, CARE Morocco says its emergency response "prioritizes women and girls, the elderly, families with young children, and those unable to access other emergency services." You can donate to its Earthquake Emergency Fund here.
International Medical Corps
The International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian organization, is working with the World Health Organization to send medical units and supplies to Morocco. The organization, which has a roster of international health care specialists on call, notes that medical facilities in Morocco have been "extensively damaged" by the quake. You can donate to the IMC here.
One of the largest crypto exchanges in the world,Binance Charity will airdrop up to $3 million in BNB to Binance users identified as living in the areas affected by the tragedy.
Additionally, Binance Charity has also launched a public donation address for anyone to contribute.
UNICEF, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is working to support affected children and families in Morocco.
IFRC and Moroccan Red Crescent
The International Federation of the Red Cross is working with the Moroccan Red Crescent on the ground to assist in rescue operations. They are also providing first aid and psychosocial support to the injured.
"The challenges are vast. The search and rescue effort is the focus at this point – and trying to get heavy machinery into those remote areas of the Atlas Mountains to help with that is a priority," Caroline Holt, IFRC crises director, said in a statement.
You can donate to the IFRC here.
Morocco's earthquake relief donations serve as a shining example of compassion and solidarity in times of crisis. Their unwavering commitment to providing immediate assistance, material aid, financial contributions, international collaboration, and community engagement demonstrates the profound impact that global citizens can have on alleviating the suffering caused by earthquakes.
Donate now on any of the platforms above.