First came Hurricane Irma, and then Hurricane Maria. Now, the devastation left by Maria is still unknown in Puerto Rico, but the news is not looking good. Many areas are flooded, people have lost their homes, and the entire island is without power. Many of us on the U.S. mainland are uncertain about the wellbeing of our family and friends as communication is largely unavailable. Some reports suggest that restoring power to the entire island could take four to six months. Considering this is the most powerful storm to hit PR in a century, there is a lot of uncertainty as to what it will take for Puerto Rico to rebuild.
Speaking to NBC News, the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz remarked that she’s “never seen devastation like this.” In order to face the weeks and months of work ahead Cruz added that “the human spirit is going to have to rise up real high and I’m sure we have the strength to do it, but we have to find it within ourselves.”
Puerto Ricans are resilient and they will not be left alone in their effort to rebuild. If you, like me, are far from Puerto Rico but are looking to help, here are some ways you can contribute.
Unidos por Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rican First Lady, Beatriz Rosselló, started this initiative in collaboration with big corporations who want to help Puerto Rico rebuild. Visit UnidosPorPuertoRico.com for more information.