What’s the best way to support the communities most affected by the Morocco earthquake right now? Globe Aware volunteers can check out these local and global relief charities providing emergency services and essentials.
How to help the Morocco earthquake victims
What’s the best way to support the communities most affected by the Morocco earthquake right now? Fund these local and global relief charities providing emergency services and essentials – and, if you have a holiday booked to visit soon, think before you cancel.
BY JULIET KINSMAN
11 September 2023
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER
On 8 September 2023, a devastating earthquake took place in Morocco, killing thousands of people and injuring thousands more. Many in the country’s mountainous communities are still unable to access communication, medical help or supplies from the outside at the time of writing (11 September) and relief is urgently needed for those affected in remote communities of the High Atlas Mountains.
How can we be helpful?
Support those affected by donating to these charities working on the ground. While it rarely makes sense to travel into a disaster zone in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, tourism is the biggest source of revenue for Morocco, and future trips to the country will bring in much-needed funds for relief. So, if you have a trip planned to Morocco, pause before you cancel. It may be better to postpone; always check the latest FCDO information and your insurance policy. And please share this article with links to the dedicated relief funds currently powering emergency aid.
Charities to donate to now
The Intrepid Foundation
The charity arm of Intrepid Travel has acted quickly to set up a dedicated appeal providing support to its long-term local NGO partners in Morocco, Education for All and the High Atlas Foundation, who are on the ground working with local communities. This work includes providing those impacted with essential provisions such as food, shelter, clean water, and medical supplies. The Intrepid Foundation will match donations up to £50,000 while covering the foundation’s administrative costs, ensuring 100 per cent of donations go directly to recovery efforts.
“Many people in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Marrakech are suffering unimaginably after Friday’s devastating earthquake. As well as being my beloved home country, Morocco is one of Intrepid’s most popular destinations, and we want to do everything we can to support local communities in the midst of this crisis,” Zina Bencheikh, managing director EMEA of Intrepid Travel, told Conde Nast Traveller. “Our emergency appeal is raising funds for two very special partners, Education for All and the High Atlas Foundation. Both are located in the part of the country most affected by the earthquake. The Intrepid Foundation will match donations, so please give generously.”
Education For All Earthquake Crisis Appeal
This charity hosts dedicated boarding houses which help hundreds of girls to complete their studies. It was set up by one of the founders of the eco-lodge Kasbah Du Toubkal, and the team have launched a dedicated crisis appeal through Global Giving. “There has been significant damage to all of the boarding houses,” Mike McHugo, founder of Discover Ltd and Kasbah Du Toubkal, told us. “Since this happened outside of term time, we are still awaiting updates from the girls who were back in their villages.” In addition to repairing houses, they anticipate emergency and longer-term support for the girls and their families. Contributions will support the short-term and long-term projects needed to rebuild the homes and help the devastated local communities.
High Atlas Foundation
This Moroccan association and nonprofit organisation has an extensive network among the most affected communities in the High Atlas region. With years of experience transporting supplies to these remote villages, they are uniquely equipped to transport and distribute essential supplies for disaster relief.
Moroccan Red Crescent Society
Fund the rescue teams on the ground with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, providing search and rescue support through their Disaster Response Emergency Fund.
Eve Branson Foundation Earthquake Relief Fund
Kasbah Tamadot is Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Limited Edition luxury hotel in the mountainous region worst affected – Virgin Unite has launched this Emergency Appeal fund to support the local community.