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After Hurricane Maria

Vega Baja Shelter in Puerto Rico

October 20, 2017 - Puerto Rico


Makeshift shelters are crowded with families who have lost all that they own. With occupants ranging from 1 month to 103 years old, doctors attempt to make routine rounds to check on the people living there. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

RMF’s team visits a second shelter, this one in Vega Baja, with 144 people. This man lost everything in the storm.

These are the children staying in the Vega Baja shelter.

This lady told us of carrying her small children out of chest-high floodwaters. She started crying, recounting the trauma to me. “I was terrified as an adult; I can’t imagine what it was like for them,” she told me.

The kids in the shelter loved hamming it up for the camera.

Dr. Rodriguez tends to an elderly patient in the shelter. The age range in the shelter is 1 month to 103 years old.

This is one of four families sleeping in a single converted classroom. Like many others, they have lost everything.

Clothes hang next to a completely destroyed basketball court. There is very little to do in this shelter, with no electricity, phone service, running water, or internet.


Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations.

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