ICNA Relief Delivers Much Needed Aid to Puerto Rico
On the eve of September 19, 2017, Maria, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Puerto Rico. Heavy storms and flooding devastated the small island of 3.4 million Americans. Two weeks after the hurricane landed, many are still without electricity and basic supplies, access to clean water is limited, and functioning cell towers are at a low, making communication with outside family members impossible.
The scope of the destruction in the U.S. territory is worth $95 billion in damages and help has been slow to come. Thus, ICNA Relief made its first ever trip outside the U.S. mainland to bring aid to fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.
ICNA Relief offices set up distribution centers to collect relief items such food, survival kits, blankets, etc. at collections sites in New Jersey and Florida.
On October 1st, ICNA Relief Disaster Relief Team, consisting of Imam Yusuf Rios and Muslim Chaplain Wilfredo Ruiz of Islamic Center Of Puerto Rico Montehiedra, and Abdul Rauf Khan, Assistant Executive Director of ICNA Relief, headed to Puerto Rico to asses the situation. Bringing with them generators and MRE (meals ready to eat), they visited the local communities, the families, and Islamic centers that were affected.
Once they return next week, the team is planning to send a team of doctors to Puerto Rico to treat many people who have not had access to medical care since the Maria wreaked havoc on the island.
Support ongoing relief work in Puerto Rico: www.icnarelief.org/maria