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
Young volunteers & participant
Young volunteers & participant

After hurricane María impacted Puerto Rico last year, our 50 participants were affected in several ways and still need special emotional attention. Social Workers visits from the ASSMCA Program were contacted to help them cope with the situation in coordination with our organization. The nutritional aspect was improved months ago as we were able to increase the meal distribution from two (2) days a week to five (5) days weekly.  

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza has been providing follow up for those hospitalized and to all our elderly participants for their basic needs such as: disposable diapers, nutrition drinks for adults. We helped them with the medicine expenses also. A nurse visits the elderly at their homes regularly and another service we provide is a housekeeper for those that required special attention. She helps them to keep their homes clean and in a healthy environment.

Because of the economic situation many elderly couldn’t complete the process to receive services at Elderly Centers, to buy medicines and/or groceries, visit government offices, etc. The vehicles has been in use all the time which increased the gasoline and maintenance expenses. Thanks to the donations we were able cope these expenses including for the driver salary as there were additional trips which were not in our budget.

Our organization is very grateful for the Global Giving donors which helped us make a difference in the lives of the elderly.

Volunteers & participant
Volunteers & participant
Meal for the elderly
Meal for the elderly
Nurse visit to participant
Nurse visit to participant
Medicines for the elderly
Medicines for the elderly
Housekeeper
Housekeeper
Participants with groceries
Participants with groceries
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Participant with meal and Father's Day present
Participant with meal and Father's Day present

During the last months Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza has been helping our elderly participants with hurricane recovery.  We've been working with the participants in different areas:  physical, emotional and with house loss.  Recovery has been slow but we have achievements.

For Father's Day the elderly received a present:  basic need articles and the participants expressed their joy with what they got.

Thanks to the donations we were able to increase the days for the meal distribution.  We are distributing meals five (5) days a week, from Wednesday until October 2018.  Prior to this we distributed meals two (2) days a week.  

One of our participant home was without running water prior to the hurracane.  We coordinated with other organizations to help him with this situation.   He authorized Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza to go to the corresponding agency to complete the process for him as he was unable to do so.   We also help him financially during the process.  The participant was without running water for ten (10) months after the hurricane and he had to buy bottled water or ask his neighbors for help.  Now, he is very happy and grateful as he will improve his hygiene and house chores with the running water.

Two elderly participants had a dermatology condition and our organization helped them to get their medicines as they didn't had the money to buy them.  We are doing follow up to their conditions.

To continue with the nursing service we bought blood glucose test strips, alcohol swabs and lancets.  The nurse will follow up the elderly health.

Another service we were able to provide was to fumigate some of the participants homes so they can be protected against insects and rodents.  

The donations helped us with these achievements, thanks to all.     

Participant with meal
Participant with meal
Pest control participant's home
Pest control participant's home
Running water to participant
Running water to participant
Health articles
Health articles
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Meal for the elderly
Meal for the elderly

During the quarter our elderly participants received the meals as usual.  They are very grateful because after hurricane Maria impact our island last September as some of them lost their belongings (partially or total loss).  The cook have prepared 867 meals which were distributed by our driver to the elderly homes.  We were able to add another day to the meal distribution besides Saturdays and Sundays to help the elderly cope with the situation.  Part of the donations were used to pay the cook and driver because the grant budget we had for it was due.  We are searching new fund opportunities to cover this area.  

Hurricane Maria recovery has taken more time than expected.  Some of the participants who lost their belonging such as:  the roof, furniture and/or household goods, came to our office to request assistance.  We helped them to contact the corresponding agencies.  We have donated groceries and some meals to elderly people in need in the community also. 

 We bought gas for the kitchen stove and groceries to prepare the meals.  The kitchen has been fumigated to keep it clean and prevent the insects and vermin growth.  Our two vehicles required frequent maintenance and gas because of the continuous use and the contributions we received helped us to do so. 

The new hurricane season will start on June 1, 2018 and we started our preparations if case of another emergency.  Groceries inventory was done and we bought non-perishable goods so that the meal distribution won't be affected in case of another atmospheric emergency.

Participant with meal
Participant with meal
Groceries storage
Groceries storage
Helping the community
Helping the community
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Driver with Christmas Eve Bag & Meal
Driver with Christmas Eve Bag & Meal

There have been much uncertainty in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria hit the island.  The elderly were not ready for the magnitude of the hurricane and needed special attention during the recovery.  During the months of November,  December 2017 and January 2018 we continued with the meal distribution at the elderly homes during the weekends.   Sandwishes and bottle water were distributed to our participants and the community.  Bottled water distribution was very important because our community was left without running water and electricity for at least two months, some areas for three months.  During November we delivered hygiene items and a bag of groceries on a weekly basis to our participants.  They also got a Christmas Eve present:  a bag with a towel, some hygiene items and a blanket.  Up to this date, participants and some people from the community came to our office asking for groceries and we are able to provide them nonperishable food. 

One of our vehicles (year 2007)  had to be repaired because of the continuous usage to deliver meals.   Gasoline expenses for the vehicle increased and the office must use a generator to be able to continue providing our services.  Going back to normal have been very difficult because the lack of communication.  Up to this date (end of January 2018),  the office is still without the telephone and internet services.  We are using our personal cell phones and for the internet we ask any friend out of our community if they have this service and if we can use it for a while.   

Contributions also helped us with the kitchen expenses, cook and driver which are related to our nutritional service.  We are very commited to continue providing the elderly services during the crisis period.  We are very thankful to the Global Giving donors for their support during this hard time.

Items in Christmas Eve Bag
Items in Christmas Eve Bag
Hot Meal for Participants
Hot Meal for Participants
Participant #1 with Supplies & Water
Participant #1 with Supplies & Water
Participant #2 with Supplies
Participant #2 with Supplies
Participant #3 with Supplies
Participant #3 with Supplies
Supplies for the Community
Supplies for the Community
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Participants with meal
Participants with meal

During the last three months Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continue providing for the elderly needs.  Our main one:  meals which are distributed by volunteers to our participants during weekends.

September has been a hard month for us because of hurricanes:  Irma which hit the east side of the island and two weeks later hurricane Maria hit the whole island.  Prior to the impacts, the Case Manager visited all our participants.  Orientation on how to prepare for the hurricanes and what to do after it was given.  She also verified their needs and provided them with canned food, bottled water, and hygiene articles.  The Case Manager also verified the elderly needs after the hurricane and distributed some clothing.

Hurricane Maria impacted everyone, especially the elderly.  The main issues in the community has been the lack of electricity, running water, food and communications.  The elderly have a low income, especially from government aids and Social Security. Many do not have transportation to go to a supermarket, and most stores required to pay in cash because their systems were out of service.  Some of our participant houses lost the roof and everything inside was damaged because of the wind and rain.  Since the hurricane our community do not have running water and people must buy bottled water or go to an oasis for it.

Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza received some goods from the Red Cross, meals were prepared in our kitchen and took it to our participant homes.  Also for several days a local fast food donated sandwishes  for the participants and the community which were distributed by our personnel and volunteers.

Thanks to GlobalGiving donors, our organization has been able to continue providing meals, bottled water and articles such as briefs, under pads and wet towels to our participants.  As water is vital for everyone, we are going in our official vehicle to an oasis about 26 miles away to fill a water tank and be able to distribute water to people in our community, especially the elderly.

We are very grateful for the donations received during this difficult period.  Thanks to the donors we have been able to continue taking care of our participants and help our community. 

Community elderly
Community elderly
Volunteers distributes sandwiches
Volunteers distributes sandwiches
Community people
Community people
Participant with sandwich and juice
Participant with sandwich and juice
Delivery of clothes to participant
Delivery of clothes to participant
Clothing and hygiene items to participant
Clothing and hygiene items to participant
Participant receive canned food
Participant receive canned food
Participant with meal and supplies
Participant with meal and supplies
Participant with oasis water
Participant with oasis water
Community received water
Community received water
Participant lost his house
Participant lost his house
Participant lost his house roof
Participant lost his house roof
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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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