Mobilizing disaster response for community health needs

A red flag immediately came up when volunteer doctors treating members of an isolated community in Utuado realized an inordinate number of patients had gone without their high blood medication for months after Hurricane María. To their dismay they also found that diabetics were not on their medications. “There was surprise and concern,” explained Dr.

Proyecto Nacer: Helping teenagers form healthy families

Maria’s powerful winds tore through the roof of Proyecto Nacer, the only organization with a holistic program for teenage parents in Puerto Rico and their families, exposing the interior to incessant rain. Right after Hurricane María, the nonprofit organization founded in 2000 expanded its mission by helping surrounding communities of Bayamón, Naranjito, Toa Alta and

Legal aid to help in recovery efforts

As thousands of residents filed for emergency aid under the Federal Emergency Management Administration(FEMA) after suffering heavy losses due to Hurricane Maria, many saw their hopes dashed when their pleas for aid were rejected. The federal agency deemed they had insufficient proof to indicate they had title to their property. Although official numbers indicate around

The proposal submission phase to request funds for Unidos por Puerto Rico ends

United for Puerto Rico informs that it will no longer accept grant proposals after April 30, 2018. As of April 19, the Board of Directors of Untied for Puerto Rico has awarded $25.8 million to 133 NGOs for 145 initiatives that address relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and María. There

Enabling sustainable fishing and the livelihood of 20 fishermen in Naguabo

For 23 years, Carlos Velázquez lived off the sea, mostly diving for lobster and conch off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria changed that for him and 26 other  members of the Villa Pesquera of Naguabo, one of the largest producers in Puerto Rico in an industry that is small and that over

Three NGOS provide a lifeline to small businesses

In the weeks following Maria, with no power, no telecommunication services and no reliable water in Puerto Rico, one of the bleakest projections in the media was that 4 out of 10 businesses would never reopen their doors. “As we were designing the model for distributing aid soon after United for Puerto Rico was created

Healing through stories

When Hurricane María destroyed all possibility of hosting the Festival de la Palabra in early October, a gathering featuring Hispanic writers with events for the public and at schools, Mayra Santos-Febres, the creator of the festival and an author herself, was distraught. Months of work had seemingly been blown away. Yet, not long after the

Hogar Ruth: Safe Once Again for Women and Children

Photo: Courtesy of Primera Hora. Photographer: Luis Alcalá del Olmo Hurricane María tore down the security fence of Hogar Ruth and left 35 women and children who had sought refuge in the emergency shelter exposed to potential attackers. “Safety is vital for the women and children we shelter because their physical and emotional health is

Roof repair in Caimito and Playita

United for Puerto Rico granted nearly half of the $200,000 investment made by Global Communities, Partners for Good, to repair 200 roofs in Caimito and Playita. Eleven volunteers from Global Communities evaluated 252 homes in both communities for structural damage. Among the homes screened, 51 were headed by single women with children, 66 were elderly

Unidos por Puerto Rico: A record in grants and donations

Unidos por Puerto Rico grew out of the pressing need to face the devastation caused by two hurricanes in one month. Hurricanes Irma and María caused catastrophic damages in Puerto Rico not seen in nearly 100 years. Since the 20th of September, when Hurricane María left a trail of destruction in its wake in all