After Hurricanes Irma & Maria
My family and I were safe and really unaffected by hurricanes Irma & Maria compared to many other families on the island. The norther part of the island was hit the worst by both hurricanes.
During Hurricane Maria, Hato Mayor, home to the youth from Shalom church who we work with regularly, received 500 millimeters of rain. It was the province that received the most rain on the island, and there was so much flooding.
Families who live near the river tell stories of their homes being under water and watching their furniture and other belongings wash away in the river.
The youth had an activity planned for children in one of the communities the day after the hurricane. We cancelled that and used the money to purchase bags of food for families affected by the storm.
The first picture on the left was taken in Hato Mayor during the storm and sent to me afterwards. The other three pictures were taken the day after Hurricane Maria when the youth distributed food.