It seems a trite statement to say the world is reeling in the face of some very devastating disasters and challenges - including the tragic events in Las Vegas that are unfolding as I type this blog. The devastating impact of a natural disaster is especially true for the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico.
News coming from Puerto Rico is very grave. Hurricane Maria has left millions without power, whole communities separated and fractured, and hundreds of thousands struggling to get basic needs like food, water and fuel. The media are reporting that schools could be closed for weeks and people are expected to be without power for the foreseeable future. This is a disaster in every since of the word.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is on the ground and working to overcome some significant logistical challenges to bring much needed relief. In addition to FEMA, there are numerous NGOs supporting local response efforts. However, even combined - these efforts will not be enough. So, how can we help? FEMA has posted a press release outlining ways to help - see: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/27/three-ways-help-after-hurricane-maria
In addition, Charity Navigator, a not-for-profit organization that evaluates charities, has compiled a reference document and database of charities working post Hurraicaine Maria to provide support - see: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5356
Whatever we can do - send money, donate our time, post to our social media accounts to keep the people of Puerto Rico in the forefront of public thought and policy maker discourse - whatever we can do, the people of Puerto Rico need our help.
So, let's build bridges and help. We're Health Bridges International and bridges are what we build. Thank you.
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