When hurricanes strike, communities do what they can to stick together and take care of each other.
The devastation caused by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico is still unfolding, but there's one thing we know for certain. Vulnerable communities are hit the hardest.
And in Puerto Rico, the hurricane isn’t the only disaster that communities have to recover from. As Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, a member of MADRE’s board, writes in this article, Puerto Rico is in the grips of an economic crisis, fueled by US policies, that put people at worse risk and that make it harder to rebuild communities. And as vital days slipped past, neo-colonialist US law prevented aid vessels from reaching people in need.
Around the world, MADRE supports local organizations working on the frontlines with communities impacted by disaster. Our partners are vital first responders to help families affected by destruction. That’s why we take action together to help them rebuild lives and communities.
We’re supporting the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund to respond to the destruction caused by the hurricanes. Together, we’ll make sure that emergency relief reaches low income and Afro-Puerto Rican communities that were hit the hardest. By supporting grassroots organizing, we make sure that the most vulnerable people in hard to reach places get the help they need.
Thank you for standing with us — and with the people of Puerto Rico — on the long road to rebuilding and renewal.