Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico

by Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Disaster Recovery- Elders, San Antonio Puerto Rico
Participant meal
Participant meal

The distribution of the elderly meals to 50 participants of Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continued during Saturdays and Sundays. We distributed 1,357 healthy meals. Our driver and a volunteer have been doing this task and the participants told them how pleased they are with this service.

Some other activities during this period were:

Basic need and clothing distribution were done with a University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus students.    We identified seven elders who were in need of goods and we were able to provide them. Some of our participants received paint bucketsbecausewe found that their houses paint was in bad condition. During Christmas our participants received a cordless COB-light switch so they can be in a safety environment during the night, especially if for some reason our community is without the electric power. With the recent January earthquakes our island was without power for several days and the gift was very useful.

Our nurse visited 46 of our participants to follow up their health as they have different conditions and provided hygiene and nutrition orientations.

Two elders were living in infrahuman conditions, the homes in very bad condition, our organization and 16 volunteers cleaned the houses.  There are some other houses to receive similar attention in the future.  We continue with the house reconstruction of participants and elders from the community who were affected by hurricaine Maria,  

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza provided transportation to medical appointments and governmental agencies to 19 elders. We also were able to get documents like medical prescriptions and laboratory reports for them.

We referred four participants to Senior Center so they can receive a meal from Monday to Friday and a housekeeper. Our housekeeper visited ten participants to clean their homes.  

 Services provided have been possible thanks to our donors.

Volunteers cleaning house
Volunteers cleaning house
UPR Mayaguez Campus Students with Participant
UPR Mayaguez Campus Students with Participant
COB-cordless light
COB-cordless light
Case Manager & Participant with Xmas gift
Case Manager & Participant with Xmas gift
Participant with Xmas gift
Participant with Xmas gift
Nurse with Participant
Nurse with Participant
House to be reconstructed
House to be reconstructed
Contractor doing house repair
Contractor doing house repair
House improvement almost done
House improvement almost done
Participant in Lab
Participant in Lab
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Meal for participants
Meal for participants

During this period Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continued providing meals to our elderly participants on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  We delivered 1,876 meals to 54 participants and distributed 45 boxes of drinking water.  During August we found that 24 participants were in need of non-perishable goods and we were able to provide them with the help of some volunteers.  

Other services provided were:  contacted medical offices and got appoitments to nine (9) participants, provided transportation to medical appointments to 13 participants and medical plans renewal to two (2) elders.  These services are very important because the elderly health is fragile and need constant follow up.

Our main achievement is related to one of our participant who lived in unhealthy and threatening conditions from people close to him.  Our organization helped him to obtain the requiered documents to get an apartment in an idependent living complex for the elderly.  We helped him with the apartment and electricity deposit.  He has the apartment key and will be moving soon. The participant was very happy and grateful for the support received from our organization.

Thanks to a GlobalGiving grant and in coordination with "Puerto Rico Somos Gente", another non-profit organization, three (3) houses that were damaged by hurricane Maria two years ago were fixed and were still in need.  Other homes will be fix during the next months.

It's important to improve the elders quality with a clean surrounding.  Some of them like to store things and for the next period our organization will be working in this area:  to clean and dispose of any waste.  This will help their hygiene also.

We are very grateful to GlobalGiving donors who can make possible that these services can be provided to low income elders in our community.

Participant #1 with drinking water
Participant #1 with drinking water
Participant #2 with drinking water
Participant #2 with drinking water
Participant #3 with drinking water
Participant #3 with drinking water
Participant taken to medical appointment
Participant taken to medical appointment
Participant at the lab
Participant at the lab
Non-perishable goods distribution
Non-perishable goods distribution
Participant receiving non-perishable goods
Participant receiving non-perishable goods
Roof repair for participant
Roof repair for participant
Participant signing contract for the apartment
Participant signing contract for the apartment
Participant at his apartment
Participant at his apartment
Participant apartment has fridge & stove
Participant apartment has fridge & stove
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Participant bed
Participant bed

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continue to support the elderly in different ways.  Our main activity was to clean and make some arrangementa in a particpant home because it's condition was inhumane.  We donate a mattress, toilet, clothing, changed a door, and provide him with non-perishable articles.  We are doing follow up so he can keep it clean.

We continue with the meal distribution from Friday to Sunday so the elderly can have a balanced meal.  We participate in a Health Fair organized by a health group in Aguadilla.  Female participants from our community went to the mammography test which we coordinate and some haven't had this test in years.  People had the opportunity to had cholesterol and blood pressure tests, haircuts, among other services.

We provided the transportation for those participants who need this service to go to their medical appointments.  The nurse visits their homes to follow up and provide any additional information they should need related to their health conditions.

Participants received a present for Mother's and Father's Day.  This was a surprise for many of them, specially the new participants.  They also received some non-perishable goods.

We are pleased that during this period we could provide all these services and the participants were able to improve their quality life.  Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza thanks our donors for their support.

Participant with new bed
Participant with new bed
Participant closet
Participant closet
Participant new closet
Participant new closet
Participant meal
Participant meal
Meal and Mother's Day present
Meal and Mother's Day present
Meal and Father's Day Present
Meal and Father's Day Present
Blood pressure test
Blood pressure test
Cholesterol test
Cholesterol test
Waiting for mammography test
Waiting for mammography test
Participant with non-perishable goods
Participant with non-perishable goods
Participants with non-perishable goods
Participants with non-perishable goods
Transportation to participant
Transportation to participant
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Nurse & Participant
Nurse & Participant

During this quarter the emphasis of Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza was the elderly health. A new nurse went to the eldery homes to get related with their health conditions and to verify if they were following the doctor instructions. She verified their blood pressure and glucose levels. Medical appointments for special health conditions were made for: urology, hearing and cardiology. Another two appointments were made for participants regular follow up.

The northwest area is having a running water problem because of a long dry period and the lake that supplies the water to our area (Guajataca Lake) level is getting lower constantly. Since February 22, 2019 our area has running water every other day: 24 hours of water and 24 without it. This will continue until the lake level increases. An oasis (truck with potable water) was located in our community but it's difficult for the elderly to go where it is, and imposible for the ones with physical limitations. For this reason, Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza distributed bottled water to the participants, nutritional drinks and disposable plates, forks and spoons.  Groceries and clothing were delivered to those with most need. 

Since November 2018, we are delivering meals on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. A cook prepares the food in our kitchen and the driver with the help of volunteers distributes them among our participants. We recruited ten (10) new volunteers. One of them told us:  "I'm pleased to be part of a helping hand to the elderly, they look so happy when we arrived." In this quarter our organization delivered 1,723 meals to our participants.

Some elderly had lost their documents: birth certification, electoral card, PAN and TANF and our organization helped them to get a replacement at the corresponding offices.

Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors we can provide the elderly with their basic needs, specially during this difficult time.

Participant - nutritional drink & water
Participant - nutritional drink & water
Delivery disposables, water & nutritionals
Delivery disposables, water & nutritionals
Participant with deliveries
Participant with deliveries
Cook preparing the meals
Cook preparing the meals
Meal delivery to participant
Meal delivery to participant
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Participant #2
Participant #2

The last 2018 quarter Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza was able to continue with activities for the benefit of 50 elderly participants from the Disaster Recovery Program.  During this period we delivered 2,165 meals, distributed nutritional drinks twice, water bottles once and water filters.  Christmas presents and special meal was prepared to share the joy of this season.

We bought products so the cook could prepare the meals and the driver distributed them.   The donations help us to cover the payroll for them.  Our old Ford vehicle who is the one used to deliver the meals had problems with the front bulbs.  New bulbs were purchased and other minor repairs had to be made.  The kitchen was fumigate to keep it vermin free.

These were the accomplishments during the quarter:

1. Recruitd three (3) new elderly participants.

2.  Nurse reports showed that the elderly participants health has been improving after the traumatic hurricane experience. 

3.  Water bottles and water filters were distributed to the elderly to prevent epidemic diseases.

4.  Follow up showed that the elderly their nutritional needs were covered. 

5.   During this period we reached our goal to improve the living conditions of the elderly.

Year 2018 was a difficult one but thanks to all our donors we were able to continue providing services to the elderly.  Our personnel and the elderly appreciate that even with different problems after the hurricane, Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza was able to provide to their needs.

Participant #2
Participant #2
Participant #3
Participant #3
Participant #4 with nurse
Participant #4 with nurse
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Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza, Inc

Location: San Antonio, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico
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Project Leader:
Xiomara Méndez-Ruiz
San Antonio, Puerto Rico
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