Southern Morocco was hit by a major earthquake, just before midnight on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. It was the strongest earthquake in Morocco in over 100 years.
Casualties are climbing into the thousands, as rescuers continue to search through the rubble. Marrakech, home to nearly a million people, is located about 70 km from the epicentre of the quake, and many buildings in the ancient Medina collapsed or suffered damage. The more modern buildings of the new city have become temporary refuge.
Communities in the High Atlas Mountains near Marrakech meanwhile are facing overwhelming loss of life. Unreinforced brick buildings have collapsed, and even cliff faces have tumbled down the valleys. Survivors are left homeless, with only the clothes on their back.
What we can do
The essential priority now is getting food, water, medicine, clothing, blankets and further supplies to the survivors of these villages. Temporary shelter will be required, especially as the nights get colder.
Destination Morocco is in position to help coordinate these efforts, raise awareness and channel funding directly to where it is needed. Already, 2 tons of supplies have been loaded into trucks and are being delivered to villages in the Telouet region.
How can you help?
At this point, the best way to contribute from overseas is through donations that help pay for gasoline, water, food, medicine and any supplies that do not come via donation.
As time goes on, we will be able to coordinate the logistics of getting physical donations to Morocco: blankets, clothing and other supplies.
How to donate
The link below takes you to a Donation page where you can send an e-transfer, via Stripe.
These funds are managed by Azdean, Sam and the Destination Morocco team on the ground in Marrakech, who then purchase supplies and deliver them directly to families in need.
Trucks with security and teams of people make sure the deliveries stay safe and reach the right people.