On September 20th., 2019, Puerto Rico marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating impact on the Island. As you know, we've been working non-stop to help 10 women regain their sense of independency after losing everything in Loiza, but even after these two years have passed and we've made enormous strides, the reality is that there's still a lot of work to be done.
The original 10 women have made such an inspiring recovery and many are still repairing or rebuilding their houses. As we took stock on these developments, and aware of the anniversary, we went back to our communities and found that there are still houses with blue tarps provided by FEMA, that originally were made to withstand six months of use and are still in use on at least 20 roofs. This is unacceptable.
The fact that some peple still have to live in those conditions shakes us to our core, and we've organized a new census to figure out who's most vulnerable, what do they need, and act. As you know, we depend on donations for these efforts. As always, we count on you.
In line with our service to our community, the recent threat of Hurricane Dorian prompted us to organize and distribute tens of hundreds of bags and boxes of food and first-aid articles for everyone. We knew, first hand, the desperation that comes from facing an emergency without basic supplies. Generous people and organizations donated new tarps and all the food and first-aid articles, and we raced against the clock to get everything to the people. Knowing that they wouldn't have to deal with the unknown at such a precarious time was of the upmost importance. We have done it before and will do it again.
Two years have passed since Hurricane Maria, but people still need help. As always, you can help us make a lasting change, not only for those without roofs, but in the efforts to educate and help people so another emergency can be faced with confidence.
Donated first-aid items
Everything was distributed in 24 hours.