Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 20, as a Category 4 storm. The powerful storm left approximately 3.4 million people without power, and the island’s energy grid all but destroyed. Without electricity, there is no power to pump water into homes, leaving almost half the population without potable water. Many roads remain scattered with debris, and bridges need to be assessed for safety. This has caused access to the hardest hit areas more difficult. In just a few hours, Maria wiped out approximately 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico – making it one of the costliest storms to hit the island – an estimated loss of $780 million in agriculture yields. Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico said the island was on the brink of a “humanitarian crisis”, and predicts a long road to recovery.
UNICEF USA is deeply concerned about the needs of all children affected by this natural disaster, especially the most vulnerable – which includes displaced and unaccompanied children, in addition to their families who have been devastated by Hurricane Maria. UNICEF USA is committed to putting children first, and will leverage its resources to support the most vulnerable children. UNICEF USA will provide family dignity and hygiene kits for the children and families affected by Hurricane Maria. The kit will provide a family with basic, yet much needed essential supplies such as a water bucket with lid, water containers, soap, toothpaste, water purification tablets, detergent and sanitary pads. This will help children and their families keep clean and healthy, protecting them from disease which can occur after such a disaster like this, where there is a disruption of a safe water supply and loss of equipment and infrastructure.
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Portland Razor Co. will donateº $10 from each Straight Razor Honing Service sold during the month of October 2017, in support of UNICEF's relief efforts in Puerto Rico. These donations will continue through the end of October. We hope to aid those in need as much as we can and thank you for your support.
If you would like to make a donation on your own accord, you can donate directly to UNICEF USA here.
ºIncludes sales to Portland Razor Co. retail and web customers, and authorized retailers. No portion of the purchase price is tax deductible. UNICEF does not endorse any brand, company or service.