Elementary school in Puebla
February 21, 2019

Rebuilding a Community After Devastating Earthquakes in Mexico

In September 2017, two powerful earthquakes hit Central Mexico, causing massive destruction and hundreds of deaths in Mexico City and the states of Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca and Chiapas. The two major earthquakes were unrelated, and about 400 miles apart, but occurred within just two weeks. Nearly a year and a half later, rebuilding efforts are still ongoing.   

IEnova, one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico, is doing its part to help the country rebuild after those devastating earthquakes. IEnova’s employees and the company’s charitable foundation, Fundación IEnova, started a disaster-relief fund to support the victims from each of the earthquakes.

The foundation donated 1,000 packages of basic food supplies and cleaning products for victims of the earthquakes.  In addition, IEnova and its partners dedicated approximately 40 million pesos (US$2 million) to helping to rebuild two public elementary schools in Santa Isabel Cholula, Puebla, directly benefiting 530 students in that area.

In December, an inauguration ceremony was held for one of the schools, where officials discussed the innovative design and how that will help to improve safety and sustainability, as well as decrease maintenance spending.

IEnova’s work focused on improving the schools’ infrastructure and safety standards. As part of the rebuilding efforts, the schools also were given new furniture and computer equipment. Additionally, each school now includes a water treatment plant and rain collection system, which will help with water conservation and sustainability efforts.    

The Sempra Energy family of companies is focused on being a strong corporate partner in the communities it serves and IEnova’s efforts in Puebla demonstrate this commitment. IEnova recently was recognized as a “Socially Responsible Company” by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy and has been a part of the Mexican Stock Exchange Sustainability Index for the past five years.