A Type 2 hurricane left nothing but devastation in the Dominican Republic last week. Our editor Angelo was on site when it happened and tells how you can help mitigate the damage.
Last Monday a Hurricane type 2 made its way from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic leaving nothing but ruin. Areas such as Punta Cana, Higuey, La Romana, Las Terrenas and Samana have been hit the hardest by Fiona, however throughout the whole country aid is needed as many lost their homes or sources of income.
I was in Cabarete myself when the Hurricane passed and I just arrived in Las Terrenas. And I can tell you this: even from what I’ve seen on social media it doesn’t add up to the real devastation I witnessed today. The whole city has been ripped out off the ground and things are everywhere. It is heartbreaking, especially if you consider they had not even recovered from the hurricane in 2015 and the recent covid pandemic, follow by a fire that destroyed one side of the coast line.
In a few days I’m heading back to Punta Cana where I am residing here in the Dominican Republic. So far I have reached out to friends and colleagues back there. And while most of the time the internet connection has been unstable, they have informed me that we should not underestimate the gravity of how many people are in a worse than unlivable condition. Aid is definitely needed to help many families restore their homes.
GoFundMe For Aid
From a couple of friends I heard that many reached out to platforms such as GoFundMe to raise money to help those in need. Below I have listed the few I could already find. Please note that even the smallest contributions make a big difference in the lives of many.
If you know of a GoFundMe that I need to add to this list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through DM on our instagram.