Choosing Charity Over Chocolate: Helping Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Kate McLeod wanted to make Halloween more meaningful for trick-or-treaters visiting her apartment this year. She felt uneasy about not buying candy for the kids who would soon be knocking on her front door. She decided to follow her heart’s direction anyway.

In her New York City apartment building, Kate is required to put a sign up so that the children know that they can knock when trick-or-treating.  She decided to do something different. Instead of a ‘please knock’ sign, Kate posted a note on her door asking the children to donate to Syrian refugees instead of receiving candy. Kate wondered how many children would choose charity over chocolate.

Topics: Syrian Refugee Crisis Jordan MAP International Giving Tuesday #GivingTuesday MAP

Life After the Storm: Healthcare in Puerto Rico Seven Weeks After Maria

What is real in Puerto Rico nearly two months after Hurricane Maria is this: almost 60 percent of the island is without electricity, thousands remain in shelters, and tens of thousands of houses do not have roofs. When it comes to healthcare, the situation for many with chronic health conditions and those with immediate needs is challenging.

Widespread devastation on the island has resulted in many pharmacies that are either closed, unable to dispense medicines because the insurance system is down, or powerless to obtain critical medications. Unable to pay out of pocket costs, many people are turning to mobile medical units set up by FEMA such as this one in Guánica.

These clinics provide access to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who fill the gap for many professionals who left after the hurricane and have yet to return. Here residents can obtain free medicines provided by MAP International for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and psychiatric conditions.

Topics: MAP International Hurricane maria Puerto Rico Giving Tuesday #GivingTuesday facebook MAP healthcare

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