Puerto Rico Clean Water Fund

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Raised by 18 people in 22 months
Puerto Rico was hit by Maria on Sept 20, 2017 and today on Oct 20, 2017, 30 days later, the island is still 90% without power and 60% without water. But, this water is not being treated due to lack of power. There have been numerous deaths due to people drinking untreated water and many more are sick due to bacteria in it.

Ecoli and/or Leptospiral have been confirmed to be in the water of various towns. 

I am starting this small fund to quickly buy and distribute 150 water filters to community centers and schools to provide safe drinking water to about +600 people in the Aibonito area.
In order for Aibonito to get clean water 3 pump stations need to be tuned on as well as the water treatment plant in order to pump up the water 1000ft up the mountain. This is a tall order as power in the Metro area is practically non existent and so anything in the center of the island will take many more months. Without more aid quick a long term plan for clean water for this community will not be possible.

I will personally purchase and distribute filters like the Sawyer mini filter that are small and extremely verstile depending on where it is deployed. They are also extremely straightforward and can filter out bacteria and viruses to 99.99999%.

Cost details:
-One 4 pack of Sawyer Mini Filtration System=$109.95
-150 Filters with shipping come out to= $4,068.15

I am trying to get to 150 as fast a possible.

Please help me establish clean water for the people most affected in the center of the island as sadly this situation is not going to get better any time soon.

Being a photographer I will document the whole process of purchasing, delivery, implementation as well as those who you will be providing clean water for.

Thank you kindly,

Daniel Morris
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Joining Fondo de Resilencia once again with the goal of establishing a community garden in La Perla. Community gardens are incredibly important right now as local farms are still working to get back into production. This will provide knowledge as well as food for smaller communities with the goal of becoming a long-term solution and bringing back more local produce into circulation on the island.
On this specific day, we cleared out an area that had been overgrown since the hurricane as well as removal of trash. After this, we took a walking workshop on the local endemic species specific to Old San Juan as well as identification of other areas that will be developed for more community gardens.

On this walk, I spotted an overflowing manhole that smelled of black water. A local told me that it had been consistently flowing since 1 week after the storm. That would be almost 3 months of untreated water going directly into the ocean. The problem has been reported various times but no one has yet come to inspect nor fix.
It is important to state that La Perla is a low-income community inside of Old San Juan and this kind of forgetfulness towards the people of La Perla has been ongoing for many years.
Educating communities and providing other ways to become self-sustainable is a big part of what PR needs in light of obvious and abysmal Government action.

Again thank you all for being a part of this reconstruction.

Thank you,

Clearing and removing trash for planting
Walking workshop on endemic species
Sewage water spilling directly to ocean
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Joining forces with others has been instrumental in getting help out to people ASAP. I joined my friend Sara with her fund "Indestructible" as well as the help of the National Guard. We went to the city of Utuado which was hit disproportionally much harder than almost all other areas.
On this trip, we were able to distribute Water Filters, solar lights, clothes, and bottled water.
Coordinating at National Guard HQ
Filter explanation at community center
Total loss of someones home in Utuado
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HelloEveryone who supported this fund!

The filters have finally arrived in PR!! Much to my disappointment, there were many obstacles along the way with people and organizations failing me along the way as well as massive difficulties in getting things into PR through regular channels. Still, that time was not lost.
As stated I joined El Fondo de Resilencia de PR and have been able to make a mark in much-needed communities inside and near low-income housing which are by far the most affected. Providing workshops on DIY solar setups for the home and small agriculture techniques to have a steady veggie supply for families with the help of seed donations.

As of today Dec 19, 2017, it estimated that nearly 50% of PR residents are still without power and many without water and many of those who do have water are receiving water that is not properly treated. 200 of the 400 filters have already been dispersed to other organizations in order to speed this process of helping those in the center of the island. The other 200 will soon be taken by me personally to Aibonito and surrounding areas which are the most affected.

Again thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your help in these harsh times that don't seem to end.
free solar diy workshop
Filter installed for clean water
Free food is provided for all who come
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In the last 12 hours a couple of great things have happened.

1. Thank you to Jami Broom and my friend Tamary Diaz. I can now buy direct from Sawer and get down the price per unit for the bucket system down to $12!

This will now change our total number of filters to 333. Each filter can provide up to 170 Gallons of clean water per day.

2. I have joined forces with the amazing people at: Fondo de Resilencia Puerto Rico ( www.fondoderesilienciapuertorico.org)
Philly Urban Creators ( http://www.phillyurbancreators.org/life-do-grow-farm)
to provide filters to 183 farms. These filters will tie into their project of setting up rain water collection sites at the farms which will not only serve the farms but anyone who arrives to the farm for clean water.

Restoring the local food supply is crucial as practically no veggies are to be found in supermarkets throughout the island.
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