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How To Help Puerto Rico And Mexico

 

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Right now, millions of Americans in Puerto Rico are without access to water, power, or cell service because of Hurricane Maria. 

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This Tuesday, the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz told CNN:

“Just yesterday, we have been canvassing one by one all of our elderly homes, finding our elderly ― and I’m not kidding ― we [had] to transfer 11 of them in near-death conditions, no food, no water, no electricity and really the sanitary conditions were deplorable.”

While those in Puerto Rico are in need of aid, Mexico needs relief help too. There have been three major earthquakes in Central Mexico since the beginning of September. More than 155 people died in Mexico City as a result of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on September 17th.

Below are collections of charities given four out of four stars from Charity Navigator for both Puerto Rican and Mexican relief efforts.

Puerto Rico

Global Giving - Puerto Rico: In the short term, donations will be used to provide for survivor’s immediate needs like food, medical care, and water. Longer term term funding will support local organizations.

Americares: Americares has been flying in vital medical and emergency supplies to areas affected by the recent major hurricanes.

International Relief Teams: Deploys emergency relief teams, sends medical supplies, and directly funds partner groups working in the field.

Mexico

Global Giving - Mexico: Like for Puerto Rico, in the short term, donations will be used to provide for survivor’s immediate needs like food, medical care, and water. Longer term term funding will support local organizations.

Direct Relief: This charity focuses on emergency relief and emergency preparedness. They also emphasis maternal and child health and disease treatment.

International Community Foundation: All contributions will be used in recovery aid in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Giving Children Hope: Currently in Mexico City and working with partners to provide blankets, medical supplies, and other relief.

Survivors of other recent natural disasters still need our help too. BUST’s lists of charities for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can be found here and here

Top photo via Flickr/The National Guard

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Kat Kothen-Hill is a BUST intern living in Brooklyn, NY.

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