In coordination with partners, we have distributed thousands of dollars in medical supplies and medications to local hospitals and institutions in need. Also, many members of our team have provided free medical care, door by door in underserved communities and continue to do so.
Medical Supplies and Medical Care
Essential Care Items for Adults
We have distributed food, toiletries, clothes, home essentials, among many others, to underserved communities.
We have received donated generators to give directly to patients that required them to power medical devices essential to their health. We acquired ten generators and will lease them, free of cost, to different institutions or small businesses that need them to continue providing much-needed services to the community.
Increasing Access to Clean Water
In coordination with partners, over 100 water filtration systems were distributed in the island of Vieques, as well as providing education on their appropriate use. We have distributed much more throughout the island in almost all of the missions as we realized it would directly impact their health and prevent infectious diseases. Also, we have received and distributed thousands of bottles of water from the diaspora to communities in need of access to drinking water.
Essential Care Items for Children
We have provided infant, toddler, and child-centric materials, including specialized formula, medicine, hygiene kits, strollers, diapers, infant wash basins, clothing and more.
Creating Education Programs
We are partnering with education networks in the diaspora and implementing different programs to help restore and enhance the quality of child education in underserved community schools. The programs also seek to provide more opportunities for children to participate in fun, yet, educational activities. We have also provided essential school supplies for children of families who lost their belongings after the storm, so they could start attending school again as soon as possible.
Support to Non-profit Organizations Serving the Most Vulnerable
To strengthen local capacity to serve children and families, we have already begun to provide financial assistance to trusted local non-profit institutions that care for children. The goal is to assist shelters and other institutions caring for vulnerable offspring during the reconstruction process.
Caravana NaviDAR Toy drive
Over 3,000 toys, along with over 1,000 items of shoes and clothes were collected and distributed to over 3,500 vulnerable children and communities in Puerto Rico. These were either personally delivered by our team members to the foster care homes and given away during a memorable Christmas holiday celebration that took place this past December 2017. Once the initial goal was met we distributed any additi onal clothing items, toys, and educational materials among beneficiaries of Hogares CREA, Head-start programs, and ministries caring for needy communities.
Supporting Mental Health & Building Resiliency
We are developing a program that aims to deliver emotional support to children and their adult caregivers to help build coping skills and resilience. Through our extensive network, we are working with mental health providers to create a sustainable resource to support children and families through their healing process.
Advocating for special and isolated communities
We have targeted many municipalities for food and water supply, and medical care, mainly rural or poor access areas like Barrio Quebrada Honda in Guanica, Guajataca in Quebradillas, Joyuda in Cabo Rojo, Don Alonso in Utuado, and others in Orocovis, Ponce, etc. One of the areas we continue to provide aid to the island of Vieques. On our first formal mission, we partnered with different organizations with the common goal of increasing access to this community. A total of 14,136 meals were distributed in 6 communities. More than 1,200 toys were distributed to these communities during Three Kings Day weekend. More than $15,000 worth of medical supplies were given to local doctors to continue serving the community free of charge. Approximately 55 family water filtration systems and 70 individual water filtration systems were distributed, and residents were carefully educated on their appropriate use. Other supplies such as blankets, pillows, baby supplies and clothes, hygiene products, adult diapers and bed liners/pads were also distributed.