Hurricane Maria - How Can You Help?
By Rohan Ahuja
The category 5 hurricane, Maria, slashed through the island of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, leaving millions of people devastated without electricity, running water, gas, and even food. The US government has been appallingly slow at providing relief, so it is our duty as fellow Americans to help aid civilians who have been the victim of a terrible natural disaster. Below, Alt Philanthropy has compiled a list of reliable charities that will help provide Puerto Rico with the money they need to rebuild their homes, schools, hospitals, and communities as a whole.
The Catholic Relief Services works with the governments of the islands affected in order to ensure that the people are actually receiving the money donated. In 2016, 94% of the funds donated go to the sponsored programs, and only 6% goes to the CRF for expenses.
UNICEF is one of the most reliable charity organizations in regards to making sure donated money reaches its intended destination. In this situation, Unicef is instrumental in providing Emergency Relief Kits to the children of Puerto Rico.
United for Puerto Rico is sponsored by 21 major corporations. Started by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, this charity specializes in aiding relief for families affected by Irma and Maria.
The Hurricane Maria Community Recovery fund specializes in aiding low income people of color communities with relief, as they are experiencing some of the worst destruction due to cheap or old houses and the slowest relief.
One America Appeal provides funds for aiding places affected by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria. This organization is reliable as no money goes to the organization itself, only to the targeted population for relief.