Puerto Rico organizations want to make sure Hurricane Fiona aid isn’t wasted

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Hurricane Fiona is not the first disaster to strike Puerto Rico, and advocates worry about how donations will be handled this time. 

Months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, island residents found abandoned containers full of donated supplies. 

The territorial government never delivered them to the victims. 

After the government’s failure, activists are urging donors to connect with a local organization in Puerto Rico to make sure donations go to those who need them. 

“Only the people save the people,” said Victor Amauri, a spokesman for the local organization Brigada Solidaria del Oeste.

He said people grew distrustful of some entities after Hurricane Maria.

“They started looking to local grassroots organizations to kind of push all that help, all that supplies to the communities, directly to the people,” he said. 

Anyone interested in knowing more about the organization’s efforts can visit its website. It can also be found on social media, where you can find more information on how to donate.

 

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