| Oct 30, 2017
Services before and after hurricane Maria
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.
Volunteers distributes sandwiches
Participant with sandwich and juice
Delivery of clothes to participant
Clothing and hygiene items to participant
Participant receive canned food
Participant with meal and supplies
Participant with oasis water
Community received water
Participant lost his house
Participant lost his house roof