I’m sure there are people all over the social media “arena” who are thinking of Sound of Music songs about “a problem like Maria.’ I’m not going to do that.
All joking aside, Hurricane Maria is a big thing. It’s the real deal. It’s a real problem. It hit Puerto Rico with 155 mile per hour winds.
What do we do with a problem like Maria?
What do we do when Maria walks the same or a similar path that Irma did?
How do we help? How do we avoid thinking, “Another hurricane…..” (change the channel).
This illustrates the struggle that not only relief organizations but also people on the ground in the path of the storm face. How do they stay relevant to those who don’t face the issues that the hurricane survivors do?
How do those who have been ravaged by one hurricane and have another one on the way, how do they make it? If they have resources to use to help survive, that increases the chances they will make it. But what about the single mom with two kids living in a relatively shaky old 2 family apartment building? The building was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and the landlord hasn’t gotten the help to fix the place up yet. It is questionable whether the house is safe but all of emergency shelters within walking distance are full. She lost a lot of her possessions in the first storm and what Irma didn’t take, well, it looks like Maria is going to take a good bit more. How does she get over it? Will she ever get over it? Or will any hope of a better life be blown and washed away with the wind and the waves?
It all depends on us. Our we willing to be content to let the problem be “over there?” Or are we willing to say, “Our neighbors are “over there” so we should help?
Assuming that you are not willing to turn your back on those harmed by some major natural events lately, here’s some suggestions on how to figure out best how to help:
- Work with or support organizations who have a history of working “there” or maybe one island over. Don’t donate money to an organization that works in Ohio because they are going to send down supplies. Odds are pretty good that they don’t know what is really needed.
- Work with experienced people and experienced organizations. People who know people and people who know how things work there are most likely the ones who will make a bigger difference.
I will have some more thoughts as life moves on, but please pray for the people in Hurricane Maria’s path and pray that it moves out to sea and causes minimal land damage.
Thanks for reading,