Last year, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, completely devastating the island. With 150 mph winds and up to 20-30 inches of rain, the entire island lost power and many homes were destroyed, affecting more than 3 million people.
Convoy of Hope’s team arrived in Puerto Rico just days after Maria struck and has been continually serving those in need since. The response began with meeting the immediate needs of food, water, solar lights, and hygiene items. In the last year, Convoy of Hope has served more than 7 million meals and distributed thousands of water filters across the island.
As the response evolved from meeting short-term needs to proving long-term relief, Convoy of Hope’s Field Teams began traveling to Puerto Rico to repair and rebuild homes. From preparing the foundation to the final coat of paint, several teams have rebuilt homes in Villa Esperanza, an area of Puerto Rico which translates to Village of Hope.
Convoy of Hope continues to serve those affected by storms all over the world — from Hurricane Florence in the eastern U.S. coast, to Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. As Convoy responds to these recent storms, teams will remain in Puerto Rico through 2019. There are still needs to be met and work to be done, but there is a rising hope in Puerto Rico.