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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

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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Two Inspiring Stories for World Refugee Day

Equipping Refugees by Liberating Human Potential

June 20, 2017
Background

Since 2011, RMF has been inspiring hope in the young people of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and the host community, by offering skills training at our Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). The program started, as suggested by the community, with training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and Tailoring and Garment Cutting, and has grown to offer two more courses: Carpentry and Joinery and Bricklaying and Concrete Practice. After completing the three-month training program, students take DIT examinations to be certified in their field of study. Many graduates have gone on to start successful businesses or join established companies...

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Noemi: Case Study

A Specific Financial Need in Peru

December 05, 2016
Magali M. de Pujalt

Noemi

Hope Through Continued Treatment

View this story, as well as the report, on it’s original page.

7-year-old Noemí is youngest of four siblings, and was born on March 11, 2009 in San Clemente. At two days old, she was taken to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia and had to stay in an incubator for several days.

In 2011, when Noemí was 2 years old, she would try to stand up, but was not able to. Her legs had no strength or stability. Her parents (her father owned a shoe shop in San Clemente and...

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