Bringing Hope and Healing to Puerto Rico
The Jewish Journal visits IsraAID's WASH program in Puerto Rico:
"I took another drive with Haley Broder, IsraAid’s deputy head of mission for Puerto Rico, and other IsraAID workers and volunteers to the remote area of Barrio Real, on the eastern side of the island and one of the 16 wards of the municipality of Patillas.
The last 30 minutes of the drive were up a steep, switchback mountain road, overgrown with lush, green foliage. The hazardous road with a river running through it makes it easy to understand how cut off this particular part of the island is, why there is absolutely no cellphone service, and how it’s conceivable that the community of around 1,300 people and 250 homes received power only a month ago.
IsraAID landed in Puerto Rico to help with initial emergency relief efforts after the hurricane, but stayed to work with the community of Barrio Real in setting up a slow sand, gravitational water filtration system."