SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Widespread power and communication outages, flooding, and crumbling roads still plague Puerto Rico, two weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through. But, a Springfield organization is helping get those people back on their feet.
Right now in Puerto Rico, power and communication are out. Some roads are passable, others, not at all. And, since there's still such a lack of water, people are using rivers to clean clothes and drink. Houses are still in shambles too.
That's why Convoy of Hope is working in Puerto Rico, delivering food, hygiene kits, and water. They're getting help distributing all that from local leaders. But, Jeff Nene with the Convoy, says they're not just delivering supplies. He says, they're delivering (as their name suggests) hope. "It's very tense right now. They're in dire straits. But, there is hope. When you can hand people product like that. WHen you can hand them necessary supplies, all of a sudden, you see them change. You see that thought go through their mind that, 'You know what? Today's bad, but tomorrow's going to be better.' And, that's really what we're all about."
Convoy of Hope is also working in Florida (after flooding there), Montana (after fires there), Texas (after they were hit by Hurricane Harvey), and Mexico (after they were hit by earthquakes). That's a lot of places, and you might think it would stretch them thin. But, Nene says they've been working to stockpile some resources, and are now getting creative with their employees. For instance, two guys who normally do outreach are actually responding in Mexico.
"We didn't want to see something like this," said Nene. "This really presses us, and really taxes our team. They're working hard. They're working long days. But, at the same, I think we've got a plan on how to do what it is we do."
If you want to help out Convoy of Hope, who's helping all these people, you can do that by clicking the link to the right...