Jewish humanitarian organisation the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has crews on the ground in Marrakesh, Morocco, helping people in the region in the aftermath of the devastating 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on September 10, that has so far killed 3000 people, and injured many more.
JDC’s response – coordinated in partnership with the Jewish community of Morocco, where JDC has worked since 1947 – is focused on providing the urgent necessities, such as food, drinking water, temporary shelter, medicines and medical support.
The majority of Morocco’s Jews today live in Casablanca, but Marrakesh is home to approximately 120.
Initial reports note that two Jewish families have suffered earthquake-caused damage to their homes in Marrakesh.
The Joint Australia – the Australian branch of JDC – has set up an appeal to help Morocco’s earthquake victims, and will be providing those who make a donation with regular updates on progress achieved on the ground.
The Joint Australia managing director Brett Kaye said, “As it has done in so many locations around the world, JDC has led the way in its response to this humanitarian disaster.
“Our donors should feel secure in the knowledge that over 90 cents in every dollar is mandated to reach the field, and to provide aid to those who need it most.
“In the world of philanthropy, this statistic is hard to beat.”
In a further boost to JDC’s campaign, B’nai B’rith Australia has come on board to lend its support to the appeal, through its members, volunteers and units in each state.
B’nai B’rith Australia and New Zealand president Dr Benny Monheit, noting Morocco is a signatory to the Abraham Accords and has a significant Jewish history, is urging the community to contribute, “as every small assistance helps in disaster situations”.
To donate to the appeal, visit thejoint.org.au/help-earthquake-victims-in-morocco