Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief:

What’s Happening and How to Help

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.

Hurricane Relief and Recovery Projects by GlobalGiving’s Vetted Partners

Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
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.
Basic School Supplies need
Antigua and Barbuda Students Association-USA for the 2020-2021 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.
Creating a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico
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 Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
by IsraAID
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.
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
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.
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
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.
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
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.
Rebuilding a Safe Haven for Future Crises
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.
Support Hygiene Needs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. This fund will provide diapers and period products 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. Hygiene products, including diapers and period products, are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. Proper hygiene helps individuals experience a sense of self worth and live with dignity.
Educational Community Relief Center for 600 people
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.
Empower 100 nonprofits in the reconstruction of PR
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.
Nonprofit Consortium of St. Croix (USVI)
The Nonprofit Consortium actively convenes 35+ organizations in health & human services, environment and education to collaborate around; 1) programming; 2) operating support and 3) organizational capacity building. This project is critical due to the compounded impact of Hurricanes Maria and COVID-19 and will enable us to convene, provide direct services, and advocate for both front-line service providers and secondary impact service organizations.
St. Croix Foundation CARE Fund
The CARE Fund seeks to adjoin local, regional, national and international philanthropic partners in support of our disaster relief and resiliency strategies in response to the COVID19 Global Pandemic. As a community-based foundation serving disproportionately vulnerable, under-served American residents in the U.S. Caribbean, St. Croix Foundation is leading our community through a progressive and proactive approach to philanthropy grounded by a commitment to social equity and self-sufficiency.
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Puerto Rico Rises is distributing building material to 500 families affected by Hurricane Maria. Now we are adding those recently impacted by the earthquakes and daily tremors. Buildings weren't strong enough and now they are getting weaker by the day. Thousands are still living in unsafe houses. We have already impacted 325 families and plan to reach 500 by July, 2021.
Recovery of Puerto Rico through Youth Leadership
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.
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
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.
Water for Us
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.
Barbuda Resilience Fund
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
Breaking the trauma in 400 children in Puerto Rico
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.
Empowering Culebra
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.
St. John,USVI - Long Term Recovery: Home Construct
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.
Hurricane Irma Emergency Response Fund
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.
Solar Responders in Morovis, Puerto Rico
Solar Responders will install 30 solar panels and 2 Tesla Powerwalls on the Morovis, Puerto Rico fire station so firefighters can save lives when the power grid fails.
CollaborativePR, education post-secondary success
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.
Water, Light and Shelter for Puerto Ricans in Need
CDRS has been distributing much needed emergency relief to needy American citizens in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in late September. Our team has provided high quality and very long-lasting water filters and solar lights to communities that have been cut off from these resources due to the overwhelming damage to essential infrastructure, as well as medical supplies, hygiene items, clothing and more. CDRS will continue distributions and rebuilding damaged communities.
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