Marc Anthony’s Somos Una Voz to Deliver $6M in Aid to Puerto Rico

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A report by Marjua Estevez for Billboard.

The alliance is moving into the second phase of their hurricane relief package.

Marc Anthony’s philanthropic alliance of artists and athletes Somos Una Voz announced Friday (Dec. 15) they will be providing humanitarian relief directly to the communities of Morovis, Loiza and Fajardo in the hurricane-ravaged island of Puerto Rico. Somos Una Voz has funded programs in each of these districts administered by local charities, including Yo No Me Quito, Fundación Extra Bases and the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico.

Recovery assistance will include delivering children’s clothes and school supplies, water filters, medical equipment and generators to families with extreme medical needs. Recipients to absorb these contributions include children, their families, elderly care centers, doctor’s offices and schools still unable to operate due to lack of power.

Courtesy of Children’s Health Fund (CHF), Somos Una Voz will be introducing mobile pediatric clinics that provide year-round, self-contained and state-of-the-art medical care and health education to said municipalities starting in January. The long-term recovery strategy aims to improve access to high-quality pediatric and family health care in hard-hit and underserved communities.

The Somos + Salud program will provide the following:

– Diagnosis and treatment of acute conditions
– Management of chronic conditions
– Referrals to specialist, as needed and as feasible
– Preventive interventions (e.g., routine childhood vaccinations) and anticipatory guidance
– Provision of – or referral to – mental health, eye care and dental care, as needed.
– Ancillary services, including nutrition, immunizations, and specialty referrals will be available.

Following the Somos Uno! benefit concert back in October, this year’s efforts will culminate in a special event on Sunday at Barrio San Lorenzo in Morovis, during which Fundación Extra Bases will utilize part of the Somos Una Voz funds (an overall contribution of $6 million, Billboard has learned) to distribute clothing, shoes, personal products, school supplies and toys to families. Health information and evaluation will be available on site, and children will have the opportunity to participate in a science educational event with EcoExploratorio.

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