Recently, Direct Relief and Puerto Rican NGO La Fondita de Jesús collaborated to bring primary healthcare services to the community of Villa Calma in Tao Baja, an underserved metropolitan area composed of roughly 150 families in Puerto Rico vulnerable to flooding.
Volunteer healthcare providers from La Fondita de Jesús treated community members using a mobile medical unit donated by Direct Relief. Services included administering vaccines and visiting patients with mobility challenges to ensure they were cared for. Direct Relief team members distributed personal care items and solar-powered lights for use since the community experiences frequent power outages.
Additionally, as part of La Fondita de Jesús’ mission to empower communities on self-sustainability, the organization delivered groceries to families and provided community development education, including maintaining home gardens.
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