Hurricane Fiona has slammed the Caribbean, leaving thousands without power, their homes destroyed, and a long road of recovery ahead of them. And after battering Puerto Rico over the weekend, Hurricane Fiona has made landfall in the Dominican Republic, leaving behind more devastation in its wake.
This isn’t the first time a hurricane has devastated this region or the territory of Puerto Rico. In 2017, Hurricane Maria pummeled the Caribbean island and knocked out power to the entire island with its 5-year anniversary on September 20th. Many have still not recovered from the damage caused.
As Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic emerge from this devastating natural disaster, we’ve put together only a fraction of local organizations you can reach out to in order to help those in our communities.
World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés, is a nonprofit organization that always shows up in devastated areas to feed people warm meals and lift a weight off their shoulders. They are already on the ground in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic offering up help.
Brigada Solidaria del Oeste is an organization based in Puerto Rico born from the crisis left behind by Hurricane Maria. The organization works with allied mutual support network organizations to assist in helping after disasters. The organization has a helpful guide to make it easier for you to understand what kinds of donations help in their work.
Fundación Cruz Jiminián is a local nonprofit organization that’s “dedicated to health services for the entire population” and will travel to the Eastern tip of the Dominican Republic to provide medical services at no cost. They can be contacted at 809-723-4144. Please share their services with those on the island that might come to need them.
Fundación Pisadas de Amor is an organization dedicated to helping the quality of life for the elderly in our communities and their families. They are based in Puerto Rico and have been using their platform to inform and support the most vulnerable.
This is a developing story that Remezcla will update with more information and aid organizations as they become available.