Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund

by Save the Children Federation
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Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund
Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund

Puerto Rico continues to struggle a year after Hurricane Maria – the largest disaster in the U.S. territory since 1928 – made landfall. In rural and mountainous areas across the island, children and families remain without reliable power or clean water. Dozens of schools have been closed by the government.

Save the Children was on the ground in Puerto Rico within 96 hours of the storm. And, our teams remain on the island, committed to supporting the children and families in their long-term recovery. We are providing children and their caregivers with social and emotional support to cope with the loss of homes, belongings and daily routines.

Knowing that recovery takes years, Save the Children will continue to partner with the most affected communities for years to come. Through your support, we can build back better.

Committed to the Children of Puerto Rico

Children still need our help to fully recover from the trauma and impact of Hurricane Maria. Save the Children is committed to working in 12 of the most affected communities, including the coastal communities where Hurricane Maria first made landfall and the rural, remote mountainous communities that were devastated by the storm.

Emotional Support: Through our Journey of Hope and Healing and Education Through the Arts (HEART) signature programs, and with your support, Save the Children provides communities with structured programs designed to support emotional wellness.

Return to Learning: With a commitment to help return children to learning, Save the Children supported 38 summer programs so that children who lost weeks or months of school could get extra educational time.

Prepared for the Future: Through our Prep Rally program, children received basic preparedness skills and learn about the things that make them feel safe during an emergency, including an emergency plan and emergency go-bag filled with essential supplies.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Hurricane Maria punished Puerto Rico with a fury the island hadn’t experienced in almost 90 years. Even before the storm, Puerto Rico was an extremely difficult place to be a child, with some of the highest child poverty rates in the United States.

With your support, we continue to help girls and boys affected by Maria and address the challenges they faced before the hurricane – and we’ll stay close to them throughout the coming year. We’re partnering with local leaders, schools and organizations to strengthen child care, early childhood development and nutrition services. Meanwhile, our humanitarian teams responded swiftly in the Carolinas, the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia following Hurricanes Florence and Michael. We will be there for children and families on the long road to recovery.

Knowing that recovery takes years, Save the Children will continue to partner with the most affected communities in Puerto Rico for years to come. Through your support, we can build back better. Thank you!

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Hurricane Maria was the last and deadliest of the Category 4 hurricanes that struck the U.S. in 2017. It reduced communities in Puerto Rico to shambles and caused an estimated 2,975 deaths. The months-long blackout was the longest and largest in U.S. history. Children missed more than 13 million days of learning. Our first team on the ground faced the challenges of not only mobilizing relief, but doing so where Save the Children had no local staff or programs.

Your compassionate support was the difference. Thanks to you, we quickly reached children and families with relief directly and through partners ranging from the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity to local groups intimately familiar with their communities. Your support enabled us to restore children’s access to learning, help children and their caregivers cope with their post-storm stress and begin preparing children and schools for the next disaster. Read the impact of your support in our Hurricane Maria One-Year Anniversary report.

Save the Children is now a strong presence in Puerto Rico and has solid relationships with mayors, community leaders, organizations and parents from the coast to the mountains. Together, we’ll work nonstop over the next year with these determined partners to support children and families through our community-based recovery strategy.

Today, Save the Children is responding to the effects of Hurricane Florence. Our emergency responders were on the ground before the hurricane hit and continue to work tirelessly to address the needs of families in shelters. Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes, fearing the worst. With up to 30 inches of rainfall measured in some communities – and some rivers yet to crest – the damage isn’t over yet. Please visit our Hurricane Florence Global Giving Page to help us continue delivering essential support to these American families in crisis.

Thank you again for supporting kids in need.

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Hurricane Maria was the worst disaster to affect Puerto Rico since 1928. Children and families were left without electricity, drinking water, food and fuel. Nearly 15,000 people were living in shelters and all 1,113 public schools were closed. Save the Children was on the island within 96 hours. We distributed clean water, family hygiene supplies, shelter/home repair kits and solar light kits. Today, we’re still there, providing an ongoing, robust response that has benefitted more than 60,000 children and adults to date. We provide emotional support to children dealing with stress and uncertainty. Plus, our education team is working with local partners to restore programs and help ensure that children have access to learning.

Due to the scale of the destruction, Save the Children has formed a long-term response strategy. There is still so much to do. Thanks to supporters like you, Save the Children has committed to supporting the ongoing recovery of children, families and communities in Texas for two years. But we need your help. We have identified 40 communities where the needs are greatest – mostly those directly in the track of the hurricane – and we’re committed to helping more than 200,000 children and adults who live there through September of 2019.

Thousands of residents continue to live without electricity, water and sanitation. Recovery progress overall has been slow; the level of destruction is massive and families are struggling under the hardship and loss that the storm has caused. That’s why we’re committed to a 2-year strategy that includes:

  • Child protection: helping children, parents and teachers build resiliency skills while supporting them to process their feelings, fears and sense of loss. We’re organizing safe places for children to gather, play and just be kids again.
  • Return to learning: Many schools were damaged and closed for long periods of time, some can now only be open for part of the day. Our goal is to provide children ages 0-18 access to education, so they can continue to grow and learn.
  • Nutritional support: Young children, particularly infants and toddlers, are highly vulnerable in emergencies. We’re working to promote safe feeding practices, through education sessions and breastfeeding kits, which include essential hygiene items and other supplies.

This important, lifesaving work requires additional funding. Every investment in our two-year strategy is an investment in the lives, well-being and future of children.Support the Next Phase of Our Recovery Work

  • Give: Your caring gift to the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund will support child-focused relief and recovery programs to survivors.
  • Share: Spread the word in your favorite social network about how Save the Children is helping children and families on the ground.

Thanks to compassionate people like you, Save the Children is there, on the ground every day, working to provide essentials – like food and safety – to children trying to survive. Thank you!

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In September of 2017, Hurricane Maria broke records as the largest disaster in Puerto Rico since 1928. 155-mile-per hour winds knocked out power for the entire U.S. territory. Thousands of island residents continue to live without electricity, water and sanitation. Save the Children is committed to helping more than 200,000 children and adults who live in the 40 communities where the needs are greatest.

Recovery progress overall has been slow; the level of destruction is massive and families are struggling under the hardship and loss that the storm has caused. Many schools were damaged and continue to be closed for long periods of time.

Save the Children continues to be on the ground, providing ongoing support. We distribute clean water, family hygiene supplies, shelter/home repair kits and solar light kits. We provide emotional support to children dealing with stress and uncertainty. And our goal is to provide children ages 0-18 access to education, so they can continue to grow and learn. Read about our two-year commitment to help children, families and communities recover in Puerto Rico.

Save the Children is prioritizing rural, low-income communities where damage was extreme and where children and families have the fewest resources to aid in their recovery. We seek to ensure that children, families, caregivers and communities are resilient and ready for the next disaster. We seek to benefit more than 200,000 children and adults in 40 communities through September of 2019. Your continued support will help underpin this recovery work. Thank you!

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Lisa Smith
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