Saludos de Puerto Rico

Dennis V

Mar 2, 2018

Our humanitarian efforts have so far touched the lives of over 300 families. We have received 2 containers, and are awaiting the confirmation of the last two.

We have visited families in remote areas that have had minimal, with no assistance given to them. A few families we came across, were recently just given access to the main roads, and stated we were the first to come by offering food and water.

These families have had to live off the water in the mountains, which usually can be safe to drink, but because of the devastation and all the dead animals in the area, have become toxic with bacteria. It is a life-threatening situation. The government issues warnings not to drink or bathe in these waters. Rivers and even the beaches have levels of bacteria unsuitable for use. But how do you tell a family with small children or a 90-year-old living alone,  not to drink or use this water, when it is all they have to survive.

It’s heartbreaking.

Testing is not happening, and 40+ days later the report is that they are working on it and should be able to resume weekly testing this Friday. Due to all the logistics, and previous deadlines given to begin this testing, no one believes this will happen with this new schedule.

We continue to pray that it will.

Progress is happening, we have come across the national guard clearing areas more and more as the days progress. Electricity in these areas is still nonexistent. The government states they will have power to 75 percent of the country by December/ January, but the amount of devastation in the remote areas clearly points to this not being the case in all sectors. 75 percent may live in major cities, but many outside of this, will likely not see power for many more months to come. There is just too many resources needed to get to a community living deep in the “campo”, where the main road is 30 or more minutes away. That is the reality these families face.

The V&V team is doing well. We have been working day in and day out, with some wonderful and amazing individuals from El Servicio de Emergencia and La corporación de servicio médico. These individual are amazing souls. They themselves are experiencing hardships with their own families and still make the time to help others, for often 12 to 16 hours daily. We are honored to be working alongside them.

Our convoy, consist of teams giving out food and water; medical attention from a field doctor; and recon of roads destroyed by the hurricane. It is a setup that maximizes our impact in these very remote areas.

Our journey has shown us a lot of devastation, but it has also blessed us with knowing that the spirit of the people here, remains strong. Their ability to survive, deserve praises. Please continue to keep them in prayer. There are stories here, that are not being reported back home.

Here are some pictures of our journey.

We will send more pictures on our next update.

 

Thank you,

Dennis Vasquez

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