Measured as a category 5 hurricane, Maria hit the island of Dominica with full force leaving 15 dead and immense infrastructure damage. Many of the islands in the Caribbean were recovering from Hurricane Irma when Hurricane Maria followed suit. Puerto Rico was the strongest hit as million struggle without food, water, and power.
Two HHRD Emergency Relief Teams (ERT) are on location in the Caribbean islands of St. Martin and Tortola as well as, Dominica on route to Barbados to provide emergency relief items to Hurricane Irma and Maria victims. The teams were put on standby as they prepared for Hurricane Irma relief due to the development of Hurricane Maria. Our teams have met with parliament officials as well as, as they assess the damages from both hurricanes in order to provide essential relief items.
HHRD has been providing relief in the Caribbean since the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 killing over 230,000, injuring over 300,000 and displacing 1.5 million people. HHRD’s Emergency Relief Program organized 59 Rotational Clinics treating over 20,000 people. HHRD has ongoing Food Distributions, Seasonal, Healthcare, Orphan Support, Water for Life, Skills Development and Shelter Village programs. The Youth for Haiti program has allowed countless college students the opportunity to witness first-hand the humanitarian efforts of HHRD.