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Mass destruction after Maria hits

A week after Hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico is still experiencing mass hysteria. Hurricane Maria made history as a category four hurricane with wind speeds of over 155 mph. The vast majority  of Puerto Rico’s citizens are enduring serious power outages and 86% of residents are without clean drinking water, according to CNN. A week had passed and while the island continued to struggle tremendously, no federal aid had been sent to Puerto Rico. Fortunately this Wednesday, September 27th,  CNN confirmed supplies such as water, ready-to-eat meals, and diapers will be arriving to the island as soon as possible.

According to Vox, first responders claim this is not enough. The island desperately needs fuel, power, and water if conditions are to improve. Luckily there are several charities and foundations reaching out to help this troubling situation.

House destroyed by Hurricane Maria | Photo Courtesy of The Verge

For instance, if one was considering donating to relief efforts, they could start by  contributing to the Hispanic Federation (HF). The HF is a non-profit organization whose main mission is to provide aid to Hispanic families. Through grant-making, the HF has awarded  2.5 million dollars to a total of  130 nonprofits and has affected the lives of over 150,00 families and individuals in the year of 2016, according to the HF.

Another charitable organization involved in this cause is United for Puerto Rico. The charity was created by Beatriz Rosselló, the first lady of Puerto Rico who has joined forces with well known corporations such as Coca Cola, Walmart, and Microsoft.

UNICEF is always accepting donations to help the families in Puerto Rico. UNICEF responds to more than 250 emergencies every year and 90% of every dollar goes to children in need.

With all that is happening in Puerto Rico it is just as important to spread awareness as it is to actively help this cause. If this means volunteering, donating, or simply raising awareness, all that can be done to help Puerto Rico is much appreciated.

Written by Makayla Mahajan

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