Sep 22, 2017 (San Diego) While we have been concentrating on the Mexico quakes since many in San Diego have family in the affected area, we have compiled a list of organizations you can help Puerto Rico as well. Damage in Puerto Rico has been described by some as biblical, The flooding is very bad, and their electric grid is down, and will be for the foreseeable future. Estimates range from four to six months.
The damage to the grid will also mean tourism will be down, which is the main source of income for many Puerto Ricans. Estimates of upwards of 50 percent unemployment have been floated. Some of the local organizations are also helping the Dominican Republic which also was severely damaged.
So far we know 13 people have died in Puerto Rico.
So here are the ways, and yes, as usual, money works best.
First some local charities:
This is a local charity and their help extends to Irma and Harvey victims.
This is run by the first lady of Puerto Rico. Like Iniciativa Mexico it is chiefly a private sector outfit.
National and Global Organizations. We recommend you use charity navigator to evaluate them. They have a list here.
The ones that are the highest rated are these:
- International Medical Corps
- Direct Relief
- Project HOPE
- World Vision
- All Hands Volunteers
- Heart to Heart International
So if you can afford a few dollars, that money will go a long way to help people on the ground.