Written by: Christian Armour
Images by: The New York Times
On September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, a ferocious category 5 hurricane. Maria destroyed almost everything in its path, causing many of the 3.4 million residents to lose electricity in their homes and taking the lives of roughly 736 Puerto Ricans. Furthermore, at least 1.7 million people lost the ability to receive any water, which caused many considerate individuals to act by supporting those who were affected by this tragic disaster- both through aid and volunteering.
Many communities have supplied clean water and other necessities to deliver to the victims of Hurricane Maria. The Federal Management Agency (FMA) has provided 6.2 million gallons of water to these victims, helping countless Puerto Ricans. Another recognizable charity raising funds for the victims of this tragedy is the Ring of Honor, which recently helped donate a variety of items to the people of this territory. Puerto Rico has slowly recovered from this vicious storm, but many suffer from the loss of their friends and family who were injured during the disaster. President Trump recently visited Puerto Rico to speak on the magnitude of the hurricane and U.S. relief efforts.
Countless people honor and cherish those whose lives were lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Many lives have been lost and countless people have suffered from this disaster, however, the plight of the Puerto Rican people has revealed the goodness of the human spirit, as seen within the thousands of people who have donated supplies, aid, money, and time to relief efforts.
We encourage you to donate to the organizations below:
- United for Puerto Rico
- Center for Popular Democracy
- Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” page
- International Medical Corps
- Catholic Relief Services
- Direct Relief
- Save the Children,
- Global Giving