News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
    • Twitter (@DirectRelief)
    • Facebook (@DirectRelief)
    • Instagram (@DirectRelief)

Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

Supporting Indigenous Populations Affected by Guatemala Earthquake



An air shipment of specifically requested medical supplies is scheduled to leave Direct Relief’s warehouse today, headed for a partner organization in Guatemala treating people in and around the area affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit earlier this month.

The partner organization, Caritas de Guatemala, provides health care and other services for many of the local indigenous Mayan population, a group that consists primarily of subsistence farmers, who are particularly vulnerable  to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters.

Indigenous Guatemalans suffer from malnourishment, poverty, and unequal access to basic services, including health care.  The UN reports that the life expectancy gap for indigenous populations is 13 years lower than the national average.

Direct Relief knows that these realities intensify during emergencies and that it’s critical to support partners who provide care to these vulnerable populations.

The urgent shipment includes first aid supplies, antibiotics, sutures, syringes, needles, minor surgical instruments,  respiratory supplies, and nutritionals.

Medical supplies contained in Direct Relief’s Hurricane Preparedness Modules were also pre-positioned in Guatemala at the start of hurricane season, and were made available for response immediately following this emergency.

Following a wave of aftershocks, more than 40 people have been reported dead, with dozens more missing, in the eastern departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, and Solola, Guatemala.

Photo courtesy of Caritas de Guatemala

Several days after the disaster, Caritas de Gautemala sent this report on the housing crisis:

“A total of 2,263 homes have damage ranging from mild to severe, where the majority of the population of the affected departments is indigenous and lives in deficient conditions where poverty is stark. Most homes are built from adobe and have clay and tile roofs and with the intensity of the earthquake, it is possible that a number of families having to leave their homes, because many homes are now uninhabitable.

Surely aid will be immediately required for the reconstruction of housing for families, who do not have the capacity and financial solvency for this type of response. The road infrastructure is in poor condition, in some places the road was cracked; reported vehicle damaged 3 bridges and a number of buildings with serious damage, among these schools.”

Since this report, the number of homes destroyed has been increased to more than 5,000.  Severe disruptions in road infrastructure, electricity, and clean water access have also been reported in the affected departments.

Direct Relief is preparing additional shipments of medicines and medical supplies to be sent to Guatemala in the following weeks to support the ongoing need there as the situation continues to develop.

Giving is Good Medicine

You don't have to donate. That's why it's so extraordinary if you do.