The village of El Real, in Puerto Rico (ISRAEL21c) ISRAEL21c

“They came like angels from the sky,” said Porfirio Fraticeli, a water operator in El Real about IsraAID.

When Hurricane Maria barreled into Puerto Rico in September 2017, the tiny mountain village of El Real was one of many left devastated by the deadly storm, one of the worst to ever hit the island.

Things looked bleak for the 1000 residents of this remote village who quickly began to succumb to waterborne diseases. A week after the storm, however, a team of Israeli workers arrived unexpectedly, bringing vital medical aid and water filters.

Watch below to meet the people of El Real, and hear the moving story behind IsraAID’s incredible work!