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Water Filters for Puerto Rico

$50,189 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 535 people in 19 months
Puerto Rico
is going through its worst time in modern history.  Hurricane Maria completely devastated the island, leaving millions without power, running water or food. 

We are trying to help address the need for clean water by getting as many Filters onto the island by next weekend.  A single filter can help as many as 100 people.  Filter life is one million gallons.   

Shannon and I have purchased filters already but
our goal is to get at least 150 additonal filters from fund raising.  There are water sources there (springs, rivers, rain water collection) but it needs to be filtered in order to be safe for drinking.  

We are hopeful that conditions will improve quickly but recovery will take time.  Having multiple sources for clean drinking water in the area will undoubtedly help bring some relief to the area.  Please chip in and help us maximize the number of filters for Puerto Rico.  

The filters are light weight and will be part of other sources of aid that will be transported on Saturday 10/7.  

To learn more about filters visit the manufacturer sawyer.com

UPDATE:  Increasing the goal amount!  You guys are very generous.  I hope to take as many filters as possible.

UPDATE2: First round of filters have been ordered!

UPDATE 10/16: 650 filters have been delivered. Another 600 on their way.

UPDATE 10/27:  550 filters and 200 buckets got a free ride from Florida today via Agape Flights.  Thank you Owen (Finca Plenitud) for making those arrangements!  

UPDATE 11/15: 300 more filters have been ordered and will be in Aguadilla by Saturday.  Thank you for your continued support.

You can find more detailed updates in the upper right tab (Update (##).


Thank you!

Keith and Shannon







unfiltered water above


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We would once again like to thank everyone who donated and those who got involved in different ways with our campaign. Maria changed many lives, ours included. We are currently living in Spain, for the primary purpose of improving our Spanish. I am also beginning studies and hands on training with Institut Bioforce in Lyon, France. They specialize in aid and emergency response training, as well as issues concerning water quality and access.

A year after Maria many things have returned to normal on the island but there are many people still in need. I was contacted about a fund raiser started by a high schooler in Irvine, California. His non-profit is focused on helping several organic farmers near Mayagüez, PR to get back on their feet. If you can pitch in, please do. If you can’t, please consider sharing his GoFundMe page via social media.

Press release for their benefit concert:
https://voiceofoc.org/2018/09/arts-janssen-20180918-pr-jazzconcert/

And their GFM page:
https://www.gofundme.com/help-puerto-rican-organic-farmers

Thanks again to all of you!
Keith and Shannon
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Long overdue update!

I was contacted by Camille Hartman a while back who is an Austin based educator. One of many projects she runs is Girls Performance & Advocacy. She invited us to one of their rehearsals where I talked to the group about what we’ve been doing in Puerto Rico and how the water filters work. GPA used the proceeds of tickets sales from their Spring Concert ‘Aquamarine’ to purchase water filters. They were able to buy almost 100 filters, which are now on their way to Puerto Rico. Big thanks to Camille and Laura Agnew for making this happen, and of course all the performers and attendees at the concert.

Things have improved a lot on the island but the unfortunate reality is there are still plenty of people in need. The electrical grid remains very fragile. Municipal services have for the most part stabilized in the more accessible areas but clean water in some remote areas can still be hard to come by. So we continue our work.

I’d like to thank everyone again for all the donations that have come in. Donations large and small have really added up - we are now past the $50k mark which amounts to 3,250 filter systems distributed across the island.

On a side note - if you have any interest in traveling to PR - simply for vacation and/or volunteer opportunities - please get in touch. We can help make arrangements for almost free housing as well as coordinating outreach opportunities.

Thanks!
Keith + Shannon
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Back in Puerto Rico!
I came down this weekend to be part of the Maverick M3 Summit:

http://maverick1000.com/summit/

I joined them Saturday to help coordinate their community outreach in Corozal - a hard hit community in the mountains southwest of San Juan. Big thanks to them for their contributions in Puerto Rico. Great organization doing important work. And thanks to Tony Dooley for the introduction.

A few statistics on the fund - in 60 days we have:

Raised $30,000 on the GoFundMe platform.

We’ve raised an additional $15,000 through private donations.

We’ve had 492 donation via GoFundMe and 7 private donations. Which brings the average donation to $90. That is simply incredible. 

We’ve had multiple volunteers go directly to Sawyer (Tampa area) and pick up these orders and get them to the island as checked baggage. Kelli Washington was one of those donors, placing a $1000 order. Thank you Kelli. Shipping to PR is cost prohibitive to say the least. Thanks specifically to Bob Bridge and Ruby Prothers for helping us out with this. United Airlines has also been great.

Thanks to Home Depot for giving all the various discounts on buckets. We just have to wing this request when we are able to find buckets, but with outfail we’ve been able to get 20-40% off on these.

Thank you Miguel Fernandez for introducing me to Ray. Ray helped out with the outreach in Corozal on Saturday. I don’t even know Ray’s last name but through a dozen texts and calls he was able to help connect us with a community in need.

Thank you Gloria Pinette-Watson. I’ve been able to leave my truck at her house every time I have to travel back to Austin. Rincon is a two hour drive. You don’t know how helpful this is Gloria!

We continue to work on the west side of the island with all the great people I’ve mentioned in previous updates. We’ve also recently made some connections that are based in the San Juan area. Amaury Rivera helped us out over the weekend with distributions to Orocovis, Yabucoa, Humacao, Gurabo. This weekend he and his team are headed to Manaubo. This is where Maria first hit PR, in the southeast.
Thank you Amaury, great work!

James Westfall is a realtor in the Rincon area that purchased 500 buckets and filters. We are connecting him with the various people that have played a big part in the distribution process. Much appreciated James.

While I have been directly involved in a lot of the distribution process, it was the effort of many different individuals and groups that got us so far. We have now passed the 2,500 filter mark. That’s not counting the numbers that people like James Westfall are adding to the pipe line. So many of these people I will never meet, it’s simply texts, emails, and every now and then a phone call. Connecting the dots and moving supplies into the right hands. The situation here remains serious - there continues to be much need but there is a persistent optimism from everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with and those we’ve been able to help out.

Thanks to my wife Shannon for all the behind the scenes work with this campaign as well as somehow holding down the fort AND our business in Austin.

And thanks again to all of you who have stepped up and shared the campaign in various ways, financially and socially (you all have shared it on FB 2,500 times!). It has really added up.

We continue to raise funds. Don’t forget about Puerto Rico!


Maverick M3 Summit 2017
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Another great week in Puerto Rico!

Found 200 buckets in SJ last weekend at Maderas 3C. Relieved to find them, there have been none for quite a while.

I went to Finca Plenitud in Las Marias on Sunday. They helped get 600 filters and 200 additional buckets flown down from Florida on a relief flight. They have been instrumental with the distribution of these systems through continual community outreach. Thanks to Lowe’s in St. Petersburg for selling us buckets at cost. And thanks to Agape Flights for the transportation.

Met up with Javier Gil in Rincon on Sunday as well. He is a photographer and gallery owner in Rincon. His gallery has been a staging area for relief efforts since the storm. We got him fifty filter/buckets to add to the mix of what he’s already getting to people in need. Keep it up Javi!

Monday spent the day helping gather solar components for projects headed up by Mark Andrews, a friend and contractor in Rincon. He’s done a ton of heavy lifting since the storm. He and his team were clearing the roads, moving water with his two water trucks, helping with water filter distribution, and much much more. Big thanks for all he and his team continue to do.

Met Chris Manus in Rincon on Tuesday. He’s focused on filter distribution as well. He had run out of stock, we were able to set him up with 50 filters which he quickly set up in a Rincon area school and the rest in the Utuado area. Great guy doing great work.

Buckets and more buckets! On Wednesday I picked up 200 FREE buckets from Fortiflex. Big thanks to Jose Felix Ballester who runs the operation. I was connected to them through my Austin neighbor Miguel Fernández who got to PR this weekend for his own filter distribution effort. Thanks to both of you.

I had met Doc Reynolds earlier in the week. He had been volunteering with Surf Rider Foundation heading up the water quality tests for past three weeks. Dropped him off for his flight home from San Juan. Thanks for all your work and see you in Colorado soon I hope!

Thursday went back up to Las Marias to drop off some of the new buckets at Finca Plenitud and grab some more of the filters they had transported down through Agape Air. Hooked up with Pablo and went to CROEM to set them up with some systems. CROEM is a public boarding school in Mayaguez for the brightest students from across the island. Hoping to work with them more, setting up students to get systems to take with them to different parts of the island on their weekend trips home. Thank you Lourdes Santos for setting this up.

Again I met up with Chris Papadopoulos, a professor at UPR Mayaguez. He’s working with multiple groups including the Brigada Solidaria del Oueste. He’s helped out a lot with fund raising as well as organizing efforts for distribution. Thank you Chris!

Friday we got the band back together. Pablo, Miguel, and I went up to Utuado. Met up with Andre Sanfiorenzo a professor at the UPR Utuado. He organized a filter demo for us to do with the students there. We were able to distribute about 75 systems through the students, faculty, and staff there. Thank you Andre.

We also met up with Juanita Caldas in Utuado. She heads up Centro Apoyo Mutuo. We left our last 25 filter/buckets set ups with here. Thank you for all you are doing for the community Juanita.

Thanks to Pablo and Miguel as well. It was truly a pleasure spending this very long day with these two selfless guys.

And thanks as always to my wife Shannon, holding down the fort back home in Austin, as well as helping with the logistics of the fund.

The resiliency of the people is very impressive, almost masking the fact that there simply aren’t enough resources to deal with the magnitude of the situation. Your donations really have made a big difference in many peoples lives.

The fund continue to grow and we continue to get filters to those in need. The response from those able to donate has been tremendous. All the help that has been offered on the island for distribution has been equally tremendous.

We are so grateful to everyone that has gotten involved in this effort. We can’t thank you enough.
Keith and Shannon Lowry


Las Marias, PR
UPR Utuado
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