This summer has seen more category-5 hurricanes make landfall than ever before. They have caused devastating impact across the Caribbean and United States. Most recently, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
The storm’s effects included the collapse of their electrical grid – meaning that the island is left entirely without power and any means of communication. Other infrastructures including roads and bridges are also left devastated. Food and other essentials are now in short supply, with more than half of the homes on the island left without access to drinking water.
While the full extent of the hurricane is not yet known, it is safe to say that Puerto Rico will be reeling from this disaster for some time to come.
As the recovery from the chaos caused in the wake of these hurricanes begins, we ask ourselves, how can we help? There are already many campaigns underway from various charities and, thankfully, there are plenty of ways for us to get involved. Below is not an exhaustive list of all the charities working for relief in Puerto Rico, but a few ways you can contribute.
This fund will provide emergency supplies like food, water and medicine to the residents of Puerto Rico. All donations will exclusively support hurricane relief in the Caribbean. You can donate here.
UNICEF is working to provide direct support to children effected by Hurricane Maria. This includes delivering emergency supplies including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, teaching supplies and tents for families whose homes have been destroyed. Find out more and donate here.
United for Puerto Rico
Launched by the First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosello, the organisation is working to provide relief to those effected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. There are options to provide monetary support or in the form of supplies, visit their website to find out more.
All Hands Volunteers
This organisation mobilizes volunteers to provide immediate and long term relief to communities effected by disasters. Specifically in Puerto Rico they are working to repair the damaged water supply throughout the island and rebuilding schools. Visit their website to find more information and sign up to volunteer.
Voluntary Organisations Active in Disaster
You can also sign up with Puerto Rico’s Voluntary Organisations Active in Disaster to get co-ordinated with first responders and disaster relief organisations who are already on the ground.
The effects of the hurricane are ongoing. The people of Puerto Rico desperately need any support that you can provide as they begin the long journey to recovery. Anything that you can contribute, no matter how small, will make a huge difference to the relief effort.
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