Hurricane Maria created immensely stressful times for children as they sought to cope with the loss of homes, belongs and daily routines.

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Help Hurricane Maria Survivors

Puerto Rico continues to struggle a year after Hurricane Maria – the largest disaster in the U.S. territory since 1928 – made landfall. In rural and mountainous areas across the island, children and families remain without reliable power or clean water. Dozens of schools have been closed by the government.

Save the Children was on the ground in Puerto Rico within 96 hours of the storm. And, our teams remain on the island, committed to supporting the children and families in their long-term recovery. We are providing children and their caregivers with social and emotional support to cope with the loss of homes, belongings and daily routines.

Knowing that recovery takes years, Save the Children will continue to partner with the most affected communities for years to come. Through your support, we can build back better.

Committed to the Children of Puerto Rico

Children still need our help to fully recover from the trauma and impact of Hurricane Maria. Save the Children is committed to working in 12 of the most affected communities, including the coastal communities where Hurricane Maria first made landfall and the rural, remote mountainous communities that were devastated by the storm.

Emotional Support: Through our Journey of Hope and Healing and Education Through the Arts (HEART) signature programs, and with your support, Save the Children provides communities with structured programs designed to support emotional wellness.

Return to Learning: With a commitment to help return children to learning, Save the Children supported 38 summer programs so that children who lost weeks or months of school could get extra educational time.

Prepared for the Future: Through our Prep Rally program, children received basic preparedness skills and learn about the things that make them feel safe during an emergency, including an emergency plan and emergency go-bag filled with essential supplies.


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