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Maryland students fly to Puerto Rico to help other students rebuild

Posted at 8:34 PM, Jul 22, 2018

Students in Maryland fly to Puerto Rico to help other students rebuild.

Even though hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico almost a year ago, many on the island are still in need.

Mia Karimabadi is a recent Howard County High School graduate and wanted to help, so she organized a mission trip with her Silver Spring church.

It's especially heartbreaking for Mia to see what the recent flooding has done to her town of Ellicott City.

Sixteen other youth members of the East Asian Seventh Day Adventist Church will join Mia in traveling to Puerto Rico Sunday afternoon.

Karimabadi says the group will help rebuild a Seventh Day Adventist school so it’s doors can open on time for the school year; “It was just completely devastating, like roofs were falling, classrooms were completely destroyed. I don't know how it's going to be now, I know they made a lot of improvements but we're just prepared for whatever’s over there.”

Some 60,000 people in Puerto Rico still only have tarps for roofs and more than 1,500 customers are still without power more than 9 months after the storm.