| Oct 20, 2022
After Fiona, Post Hurricane, How we are helping
In southeastern Puerto Rico Hurricane Fiona brought harsh winds, severe flood producing rains, and further debilitated an already extremely fragile electric grid. Immediately after Fiona continued to the Dominican Republic, P.E.C.E.S., Inc. (with a strong sense of deja vu -- ex. Hurricane Maria) reactivated our Community Sustainability Center to immediately respond to the needs of the communities in the municipalities of Humacao, Naguabo. Yabucoa, Maunabo and Las Piedras. Although Fionas most extreme damage was to southwestern Puerto Rico, nevertheless the southeastern coast had much flooding and lost electricity for an average of between two weeks to a month. Some isolated areas still remain without electricity. People without generators or solar energy lost the food they had reserved. The lack of electricity created a need for solar lighting. The days and nights were very grim, post-traumatic stress disorder from Hurricane Maria was evident in many residents.
With the help of our staff, students, and participants; it was possible to distribute 200 hot foods for 7 consecutive days as well as solar lamps to many communities. Over 150 vouchers have been / are being distributed to families in greatest need and 1,925 bags of ice were distributed in Naguabo and Maunabo. We are currently finalizing the process of planning and coordinating massive activities that will include legal services, vaccinations, therapeutic massages for the elderly, delivery of supplies and emotional support. The center will soon be delivering 480 solar lamps to the municipality of Lajas, who have a serious lack of electricity still and no one has been able to help them after the emergency.
In summary we have impacted 10 cities including over 50 communities. Over 1600 families/homes have been impacted to date. Almost 4000 different supplies have been distributed to date and many more in the near future. Your help is making this possible and we are so very grateful.
Finally and most importantly, our youth, our students, our participants (whose own lives were profoundly affected by Fiona) have been the protagonists of this relief effort. Together We Achieve More... Juntos Logramos más. Thank you so very, very much.