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After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Landfall in Puerto Rico

October 25, 2017


The destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria is still very evident on the island. 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.

Overlooking the town of Emajagua, where Hurricane Maria first made landfall. Some of the worst destruction is in the southern coastal region.

A basketball court’s roof destroyed by the storm in the town Emajagua

There are downed power lines and debris everywhere.

An abandoned home, completely destroyed by 150 mph winds

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After Hurricane Maria

Vega Baja Shelter in Puerto Rico

October 20, 2017


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...

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After Hurricane Maria

Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Puerto Rico

October 19, 2017

In addition to complete power loss, medical supply stockpiles are depleted. Medical providers are desperate for help. 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.

A house crushed by a downed power line in Vega Baja. Destruction like this is everywhere in Puerto Rico.

Another tree that took out a power line

Entrance to Dr. Rodriguez’s clinic. The roof was torn off in the storm.

This is how medicine is functioning in most...

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After Hurricane Maria

Town of Morovis, Puerto Rico

October 18, 2017

Four weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, families are still living in shelters that have been set up in public schools. So many families have lost all that they own and have nowhere else to go. 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.

Meet Dr. Rodriguez, our contact in the town of Morovis. RMF’s Edwin knows him through family. He gladly shows us around.

RMF’s team visits a shelter in Morovis. This...

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After Hurricane Maria

Town of Ciales, Puerto Rico

October 16, 2017


Much of the incoming aid has been concentrated in the capital of San Juan, which means rural towns and communities, like Ciales, are more vulnerable. 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.

A monument high on a hilltop, overlooking the valley and town of Ciales (to the right)

Valley of Ciales

A Puerto Rican Flag waves as a storm approaches in Ciales.

Hundreds line up for boxes of foodstuffs supplied by the...

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After Hurricane Maria

Emergency Medical Center in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico

October 14, 2017

Emergency rooms like Dr. Arthur’s are using the few supplies they have to keep their doors open to those who desperately need medical services. 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.

Exterior view of the second emergency room. There are large downed trees everywhere here. Fortunately, this one did not land on the building.

Meet Dr. Arthur. He works at the second emergency clinic. He works 16-hour days, often seeing 7–8 patients...

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After Hurricane Maria

Emergency Medical Center, Dorado, Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017

With no electricity, the clinics and emergency rooms operate strictly on backup generator power. Medical providers like Dr. Acosta are in urgent need of help. 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 gathered 250 lb. of basic medications and supplies in Miami, en route to San Juan.

Meet Dr. Acosta, our first contact in Dorado. He runs 2 emergency room clinics with his partner. Dorado is approximately 30 km...

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After Hurricane Maria

Clean Water Crisis in Puerto Rico

October 12, 2017

One of the main dangers caused by disasters like Hurricane Maria is the lack of access to clean water. As of October 2, almost two weeks after the storm, 55% of people were still without access to drinking water. 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.

US military personnel directing a water tanker pulling out of a well station

Long lines forming to get water from a government-controlled well source

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After Hurricane Maria

Life in San Juan, Puerto Rico

October 10, 2017

As our friends and neighbors in Puerto Rico struggle to find food, water, shelter, and basic medical care after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. This is the first in a series of daily posts from our team on the ground. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

Outside the Ritz Carlton, San Juan. There are no working traffic signals in any part of the island, according to people we talked to. Our...

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BBC World Service interviews RMF Nepal Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel

Newsday Internet Interview

April 25, 2016
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03rcd97

Click here to listen to the interview on the BBC News Website

BBC World Service interviewed RMF Nepal Program Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel on April 24, 2016. Please follow the link above to listen to the interview. The Barsha Dharel interview, conducted by David Deng, starts around 46:20 mark. Below is a transcript of the interview.

David Deng: The devastating earthquake that shook Nepal last year has come and gone, but the aftershock is far from over. Twelve months on, the destruction that overtook the nation has left thousands desperate to find the means to survive whatever the circumstances. I’ve...

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