With winds in excess of 160 mph, Hurricane Maria had a destructive path in the Caribbean just weeks after Hurricane Irma. Each of the projects below will support Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma relief efforts led by GlobalGiving’s vetted nonprofit partners in the region. You can donate directly to a specific project, or you can give to GlobalGiving’s Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund.
Donations to GlobalGiving’s Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund will be divided among our vetted nonprofit partners on this list relative to where the need is greatest. This list of responding organizations and their recovery projects will continue to grow as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.
We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally driven organizations, donations to GlobalGiving’s Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.
In 2017, Hurricane Maria's powerful winds and torrential rains caused massive damage across the Caribbean, destroying homes in Puerto Rico, Dominica, and the Virgin Islands just two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed through the region. Initially, this fund provided relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine, and is now supporting longer-term assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.
Antigua and Barbuda Students Association-USA for the 2019-2020 School Year is collecting school supplies. When families face decisions, such as keeping their lights on or their children's bellies full, it means their children's backpacks remain empty.Every school year, these students bear the burden of knowing their families cannot provide the required classroom supplies. If preparation is the key to success, think of the difference it can make for these children to have the classroom tools.
40% of high school students in Puerto Rico are out of school. NUESTRA ESCUELA successfully serves this population since the year 2000 with over 1500 graduates. Our primary function is to support socio-economically disadvantaged youth who for various reasons drop out of school. To continue providing these students an alternative model of education that grants them a high school diploma in a healthy and proper environment, we must rebuild our school premises in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (BGCPR) provides a safe place for children and youth living in poverty to develop to their full potential. With 12 Clubs across the island, BGCPR impacts more than 15,000 participants a year and offers after-school programs to children and youth ages 6 to 18. Services include educational enrichment, snacks and food for a positive youth development.
FORWARD/ADELANTE Puerto Rico, a fund created by the network of Puerto Rican foundations, collected and quickly distributed funds to vetted local grassroots organizations that provided direct assistance to communities affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Now, longer term support will strengthen their response capacity, promote transparency in government, equitable distribution of disaster recovery funds, and generate data to promote access to housing, jobs, and resilient communities.
The Nonprofit Consortium actively convenes 40+ organizations in health & human services, environment & climate change, and education to collaborate in 1) programs; 2) fundraising efforts, and 3) organizational capacity building. This project will be critical in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as it will convene both front-line service providers and secondary impact service organizations. This level of strategic coordination is vital to the re-building of the island after the storm.
Helping Puerto Rico get electricity by sending solar. Project phase implementation team purchased solar charging stations from Now Solar http://www.nowsolar.co/ who will use all funds to buy solar panels to send and set up in Puerto Rico to help bring electricity and light. Phase 2 implementation team will fund a solar electricity run medical clinic in a community without a hospital
The project greatly expands the open-air classroom role of an extremely rare 51-acre Pterocarpus Swamp Forest at Palmas in Humacao through the creation of an app that provides information to visitors about the Forest's functions, flora and fauna, and the slow process of recovery from Hurricane Maria, as they meander along the 3/4-mile, elevated boardwalk that winds its way through the Forest interior. The project also provides new interpretative signage within the Forest's facilities.
Puerto Rico Rises plans to help 300 families to re-build their home after the damages caused by Hurricane Maria. More than 15 months after the disaster there are thousands of American citizens leaving in extreme conditions. Our program will supply the building material to families that do not qualify for financial help. We are also impacting the economy by helping citizens that lost their way of living because of the hurricanes by hiring them to perform some of the construction labor.
Intercambios has an opportunity to emerge from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria stronger than ever. By transforming our headquarters into a safe space to offer lifesaving care and emergency relief, Intercambios will ensure that the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico, including people who use drugs, people with HIV, and people who face other health disparities, can access urgent assistance now and never face another crisis alone.
The St. Thomas Recovery Team (STRT) is the long-term recovery group of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. STRT is made up of non-profit organizations focused on rebuilding and repairing owner-occupied homes that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricanes Irma & Maria in 2017, as well as 2019 Hurricane Dorian. STRT works to ensure that the most vulnerable among Virgin Islanders can safely return to their homes as quickly as possible.
All Hands and Hearts arrived on the ground in the Caribbean shortly after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many islands. Since then, we've run productive recovery programs in St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, Dominica, and Puerto Rico to provide relief to the thousands still suffering. Currently, our teams are continuing to work in Puerto Rico - completing response and recovery work by rebuilding homes and infrastructure in communities that have not received critical assistance.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico faced the lack of drinkable water access. PRCF identified that there were approximately 247 community aqueducts that needed support to supply water to their communities. We focused on 4 areas of intervention: infrastructure support, community organizing, administrative capacity building and water compliance. Up to this day, and thanks to Water for Us Alliance -Oxfam, Hispanic Federation and PRCF-, we've been able to work with 30. Goal: 200.
September 2017 Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean island of Barbuda causing total devastation as the majority of homes and infrastructure were destroyed. ICF is working with local leadership to advance sustainable development efforts and grow local capacity. This next phase will support 12 community lead projects that continue to advance and strengthen the community of Barbuda. These projects include reparation of critical water sources, youth engagement, food security, small business support
Elders comprise over 32% of the population in our low-income community. We provide services to people over 60 years old, who live alone, who do not have someone to take care of them and/or who have chronic health problems. Lunch is distributed on weekends and holidays to the homes of 61 elders in the community and nearby areas. Follow-up on their medical conditions is made by a registered nurse, and transportation to their medical appointments is provided in some cases.
One year on from Hurricane Maria, this project will continue to help the affected communities in Puerto Rico and Dominica, recover, rebuild and rehabilitate. The program will meet both islands' urgent and ongoing needs, and provide access to safe water; psychosocial and mental health support; household roof reconstruction; livelihood opportunities for income generation; and Disaster Risk Reduction practices and solutions, for communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Dominica.
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. This fund will provide diapers at no cost to our partner agencies, who are recovering and rebuilding. When we think about disaster recovery, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water. Diapers are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
The St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.
This project will fix up an abandoned building to impact and provide free empowerment programs, educational services and disaster relief services to a community of 6,000+ families affected by Hurricane Maria.
Since Hurricane Maria struck in 2017, CERF+ has helped more than 60 artists in Puerto Rico and provided over $300,000 in emergency financial relief assistance and donated equipment and materials. This project will provide much-needed additional emergency relief grants of $3,000 and Get Ready grants of $500 to help artists safeguard their studios, protect their careers, and prepare for emergencies.
The CARE Fund seeks to cultivate national philanthropic partnerships to support our hurricane recovery and resiliency strategy. As a community-centric nonprofit serving disproportionately poor, under-served American residents, St. Croix Foundation is leading our community through recovery, grounded by our commitment to social equity.
Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans need access to local, trusted information to aid in their recovery and build resilience during the current hurricane season. To meet this need, Internews launched the InfoAsAid news site, accessed by more than 1.3 million people and now a critical source of locally-driven recovery news and information across the island. Help us keep this service running to ensure communities are prepared for the next hurricane and to build a more resilient Puerto Rico.
Months after the disaster, more than 50,000 refugees have fled from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico to Florida. Local emergency food providers have struggled to keep up with the expanded need for food. At the same time thousands of pounds of food are thrown out by nearby restaurants and farms. MEANS aims to strengthen our proven food recovery platform in Florida, and support these refugees.
We are rebuilding 100 homes that were totally or partially destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Owners of these houses either did not get government support or received insufficient funds to cover the damage. P.E.C.E.S. is channeling donations and grants to help with structural assessments for their houses, as well as windows, doors, paint, roof sealer, kitchen cabinetry and materials that might not be covered by FEMA or other aids. Work will be done by local builders to support the local economy.
After hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, Jovenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, Inc. (Puerto Rico Youth at Risk, Inc.) has worked non-stop to reestablish the prevention programs that distinguish our organization. Our committed staff, volunteers and supporters enabled this recovery. Our focus now is to continue building our capacity to recover from financial and organizational devastation caused by the hurricane's impact and to respond effectively to future catastrophic events.
This project will help the recovery of Puerto Rico by establishing a "community leadership incubator" to prepare youth who were challenged to assume community leadership roles for which they had no training and/or experience, following the physical and social devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. This project's objective is to expand the social capital of a group of volunteer youth by designing and delivering a theory and practice "Community Leaders Training Module" through a one-year period.
The Community Foundation of the Virgin will serve as a catalyst for initiatives promoting environmental and marine recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as resilience to future weather disasters.
Children from coastal communities impacted by Hurricane Maria are still suffering the emotional effects of the disaster -- in addition to not having electrical power and other basic services at home and at school. We will use our existing programs at local elementary schools (i.e. 21st Century Community Learning Centers and others) to educate in resiliency tools through arts, recreation and other strategies so children can better recover from the experience.
Culebra is a small island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Community Foundation (PRCF) proposes to transform Culebra's energy system into a renewable system with a two-phase scalable approach.
This project will support AHAH's long-term recovery work in Puerto Rico. Public attention and funding has turned to other issues/disasters, but thousands of people still need help after Hurricane Maria. All Hands and Hearts is committed to staying and helping our fellow citizens through the second anniversary, focusing on putting hurricane resilient roofs over the heads of suffering families, making these homes safe and secure. $20,000 buys materials/tools to repair 10 flat cement roofs.
This project want to train and assist 100 nonprofit in themes related to administration, accounting and compliance so they can keep reconstructing Puerto Rico providing services related to health, education, social services and food.
ESCAPE will provide specialized services to 400 children and their families in two regions in Puerto Rico to address and prevent post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from Hurricane Maria and to minimize the occurrence of child abuse and family violence. Specialized professionals will provide psychosocial services, with an emphasis in skills building, crisis intervention, service coordination and short-term psychological services.
This project will help to stabilize communities in Puerto Rico, after powerful hurricane Maria passed through the island on September, 2017. At least 200 individuals will receive preventive and/or primary medical care; 500 individuals will improve their personal hygiene and will be able to prevent conditions by disinfecting water and surfaces in their homes and outdoor spaces; and at least four (4) communities in San Juan will be organize to achieve their self-sufficiency to look for resources.
After hurricanes Irma & Maria, our team developed a rebuild program for St. John. The program facilitates construction solutions, focusing maximum impact on the under-served in our community. This includes the senior roofing initiative, adding required structural reinforcements, AND making homes habitable. We are already dedicated to reintroducing thirty displaced seniors safely back into their homes before the impending hurricane season. Our setback now is funding for materials & skilled labor.
We dream of a Puerto Rico recovery designed by Puerto Ricans and we have come together to catalyze that desired future for our island. Faced with the widespread devastation of hurricane Maria, our team at La Marana designed and is implementing a participatory community recovery model, titled Imaginacion Post-Maria. Combining participatory planning and design with the power of micro-granting we offer citizens direct power to imagine, plan and build the changes they desire in their communities.
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. This fund will provide feminine hygiene items at no cost to our partner agencies, who are recovering and rebuilding. When we think about disaster recovery, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water. Feminine hygiene items are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All women deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
This project will allow 150 low income students from Loiza, Puerto Rico complete and attain their post-secondary degree. These students have been working hard for the past years. Loiza is a town that already lived under the poverty level before Hurricane Maria, and it was one of the most damaged areas. The challenges they have been facing are extreme, but these students are committed to their studies and together with the help of the ColaborativoPR, other funders we can make sure they graduate.
CARE has established the Hurricane Irma Emergency Response Fund, with a $1 million initial goal to support our humanitarian response and work with partners to provide immediate relief and longer-term rehabilitation in the most affected areas. Your gift will help us address the needs of the most vulnerable families.