Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to continue visiting different communities throughout the island. During the past week we visited several communities in Guayanilla, San Germán, Naguabo, and Orocovis. Bringing us to a total of 15 municipalities impacted through our efforts in just three weeks after Hurricane Fiona.
As a result of a collaborative effort, on Sunday, October 2nd, we visited the Villa del Carmen and San Pedro de Macori communities in Guayanilla, and Parcelas Las Carolinas in San Germán – impacting a total of over 700 families. These communities were hit directly by Hurricane Fiona’s eyewall, while still recovering from the historic earthquakes of January 2020. There, we were able to provide non-perishable foods, water, and personal hygiene items, among other things.
Later that week, we visited Barrio Cubuy alongside Comité Pro Desarrollo de Cubuy, as well as the Florida and Río Blanco sectors in Naguabo. There, we were able to distribute supplies to approximately 330 families. While delivering donations to the families’ homes, we were able to talk to some of the community members and continue to be overwhelmed by the number of individuals that welcomed us with the same greeting: “It is so good to see you guys! You are the first ones to visit us up here. Nobody ever remembers we are here.” Hurricane Fiona’s impact in this area caused several landslides, floods, and most unfortunate, the closing of several supermarkets in the area – making it difficult for community members to have access to food. We were able to provide immediate relief, but these communities will continue needing medium and long-term recovery efforts.
We finished the week in great spirits, by visiting the “heart of Puerto Rico”, Orocovis. There, we were welcomed with the perfect combination: music, chants, collaboration, and unity. In collaboration with Fundación Ana Dalila Burgos, we were able to distribute water and non-perishable food to more than 500 families that reside in Bauta Arriba, Saltos, Bermejales, and Pueblo. Being located in the center of the island has caused these communities to be highly affected by landslides, which have complicated the restoration of the area’s electricity and water supplies.
We greatly appreciate the support of Mercado La Carreta, Almacenes Peña, and Kan Fly Delivery Express who joined us as volunteers and provided transportation for a big part of the supplies. We would also like to thank Kuehne+Nagel – SJU Branch for helping us with the distribution and donating space at their warehouse. We are also very grateful with Supermercados Econo, Fundación Ana Dalila Burgos, Jimmy Piña, president of Comité Pro Desarrollo de Cubuy, Inc., Mariny Vázquez, president of Naguabo Somos Todos, Yetzenia E. Rivera Maldonado, president of Yo Soy Florida, and Maribel Bonilla Reyes, president of Grupo Comunitario Río Blanco, Inc., as well as community leaders from Luquillo, Caguas, Río Piedras, Las Piedras and Yauco, who contributed into making all this possible.
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