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How Puerto Ricans are saved from disaster by humanitarian organizations

Puerto Rico was hit this year by two major hurricanes. First, Hurricane Irma hit the island and was followed only two weeks later by Hurricane Maria. These two devastating storms caused a major humanitarian crisis across the island as well as the entire Caribbean. Many parts of Puerto Rico still have no electricity and are lacking basic needs. People are homeless, and many Puerto Ricans are fleeing the country.

However, there are still Puerto Ricans who want to build their island back up. There are few local organizations that are helping those in need in Puerto Rico.


Unidos, by the Hispanic Federation

A coalition of elected officials in New York and Puerto Rico joined the Hispanic Federation, a Latino nonprofit, to launch this relief fund for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. Proceeds will go to community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico. Donate now.

Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund

The government of Dominica is collecting donations through JustGiving, a crowdfunding website. The money will go toward temporary roofing, blankets, and non-perishable foods. Donate now.

Fund for the Virgin Islands

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, a nonprofit, is collecting donations through this fund which will be used to support short-term relief efforts and to enhance the well-being of future generations. Donate now.


This crowdfunding website maintains a list of campaigns, many of them local, collecting donations for victims of the storm. Donors can give to a specific campaign or directly to GoFundMe which will then distribute the money to the campaigns. Donate now.

These local organizations are trying to help the people in Puerto Rico and providing the services and items they need the most.

Photo by Carloyn Cole, Los Angeles Times