Immediately after the hurricanes Irma and Maria were announced in September 2017, our team and community leaders took on the task of helping neighbors, securing homes and guaranteeing the best possible preparation. Then we learned that hurricane Maria was listed as the most ferocious natural disaster that has occurred in the history of the United States and Puerto Rico.
We estimate that approximately 14,000 women and their families received food during the first 3 months, mainly thanks to the efforts of the Community Kitchens. Also in that period, our staff, in conjunction with key allies, coordinated medical and psychological care brigades to over 2,000 people. Between the months of January to March 2018, we estimate that an additional 3,000 people received primary assistance and supplies according to our system of need categories, and an additional 1,000 people received medical and / or psychological attention. Our organization and its allies impacted an estimated total of 20,000 residents of 15 municipalities as part of the response to the emergency, during the six months that followed the passage of the hurricanes.
After one year of these cyclones, we continue to channel resources and devise alternatives that mitigate the vulnerability of poor families in our Loíza communities.
RESUMEN DE IMPACTO
a. 10,000 gallons of bottled water
b. 500 filters
c. 1,200 purification treatments
a. Community kitchens: ingredients, gas and utensils needed to keep operating 4 community kitchens that fed approximately 1,000 people daily;
b. Daily distribution of 50 Family Nutrition Boxes and 30 Boxes for the Elderly;
c. Nutrition for babies and young children: distribution of 1,500 boxes of baby formula, 1,000 boxes of juices, milk powder and snacks, 250 boxes of vitamins for children and infants;
d. Nutrition for the elderly: 1,000 boxes of nutritional drinks; 1,000 boxes of electrolyte drinks.
Distribution of 50 first aid kits; 250 kits of basic medicines; 1,000 sera and insulin; 50 glucose meters and 20 asthma equipment.
Delivery of 30 daily boxes of Personal Family Care; 1,000 boxes for infants; 1,000 boxes for seniors; 3,000 Boxes for Women.
Delivery of 650 boxes of cleaning products.
Collecting debris, cleaning drains, and pest control. They were distributed: 600 boxes of mosquito repellents, 100 boxes of larvicides, 350 mosquito nets, 400 rat traps and poison.
Delivery of 100 awnings, 1,500 lamps and solar fans.
Repairs to 12 homes, distribution of 150 beds, 30 refrigerators and 60 gas stoves.
Currently, we are focused on the reconstruction of 30 homes and the reactivation of the local economy through the support of businesses led by women.
Jenifer De Jesús
787-876-3440 / 787-256-7568