Your donation is making an impact in a time of crisis
By Chase Williams - Program Officer
Photo from La Fondita de Jesus
In the face of so many overwhelming challenges—from COVID-19 to recent earthquakes—communities across Puerto Rico continue to show extraordinary courage and determination. Now, on top of these challenges, the impacts of Hurricane Isaias as it passed Puerto Rico in recent days serve as a stark reminder of the precarious position of the island as we continue into this year’s hurricane season. Each additional disaster event further complicates the already daunting journey to recovery that communities continue to face long after Hurricane Maria struck nearly three years ago.
Thanks to your support of our Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund, GlobalGiving has recently activated additional emergency donations in support of our trusted nonprofit partners on the frontlines. Now more than ever, our partners are providing critical services to community members most in need, combating misinformation, and standing in solidarity with those who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and/or family members during this devastating time.
Here is a brief snapshot of how your generosity is making a difference right now in communities across Puerto Rico during this time of crisis:
Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico is ensuring that every individual impacted by disaster has access to justice, the right to housing, and the fair recovery of their communities. While the organization continues to provide pro-bono legal services to communities impacted by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes, it is also ensuring that all communities on the island have a reliable source of information they can access about key topics like COVID-19 and employment, elder rights, domestic violence, displacement, and housing. To do this, the organization is constantly managing and updating its knowledge platform that has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people in recent weeks.
La Fondita de Jesús remains committed to serving individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater San Juan area. As the COVID-19 crisis rages on, community members experiencing homelessness (many as a result of Hurricane Maria’s long-term impacts) are especially at risk of infection by the virus because they lack reliable, safe shelter. Each day, the organization is preparing and delivering hundreds of hot meals, especially in support of elderly constituents. The organization is also providing remote assistance to its community members in its permanent housing programs through on-staff social workers, substance abuse counselors, and psychologists.
Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza continues its dedicated mission to supporting low-income, isolated elders in rural communities in northwest Puerto Rico. The organization is actively providing holistic support to 50 elders in the form of grocery delivery, safe cleaning supplies, accurate information, and best practices to remain safe from the virus.
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