Amneris and her family stand smiling in front of their newly restored home after they weathered Hurricane Maria.

Surviving Life’s Storms

Amneris and her family stand smiling in front of their newly restored home after they weathered Hurricane Maria.

PUERTO RICO – For months after a deadly hurricane struck their island, Amneris and her two young children lived in a single room at her mother’s house. When Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, it ripped the roof from Amneris’ home and destroyed all of their belongings.

Hurricane Harvey ripped the roof from Amneris' home.

Amneris and her children — Alondra, 9, and Jeremie, 5 — were already facing hard times. Both children are survivors of major medical struggles. Alondra recently underwent a liver transplant and is still on medication as part of her recovery. Jeremie had open heart surgery only a few years ago.

After everything they have weathered, Amneris did not know how to begin again. Hopeless and homeless, she unexpectedly found Operation Blessing. OBI staff arrived in Puerto Rico shortly after the storm passed and have been providing assistance to disaster victims ever since.

A new bedroom for Alondra.

From solar lanterns to safe water, Operation Blessing has brought abundant blessings to the island. But, OBI wanted to do something extra special to help this this family of three.

A new bedroom for Jeremie

Not only did Operation Blessing put a new roof on the house — OBI also renovated the entire interior! There are new beds for sleeping, a new kitchen for cooking, and even a new table to gather around.

This family in Puerto Rico shares a happy meal together after they weathered many life storms.

Amneris and her children grinned as they stood in front of their new, restored home. After all the hardships they have weathered, this is an unexpected blessing that gives them new hope for the future.

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