Portable Solar Panels 4 Puerto Rico

#PowerPuertoRico

Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico September 20th as a Catergory 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of more than 140 mph.  Rain and 25 foot waves flooded the island.  In some parts, roads are inaccessible and will be for some time. The entire electric grid is down and, according to the Puerto Rican government, it will take months before some of the 3.4 million residents regain electricity .   
 
This is the worst disaster the island has suffered in over a century.  And so far we only have news from the main cities of the island. Our fear is that the catastrophe inland could lead to a humanitarian crisis. 
 
Miraculously, cellphone communication towers are still somewhat intact.  Social media is now the main communication forum, with cell phones becoming a survival tool. 

 
Our Contribution
While the lack of electric power is the main problem, until it is restored we want to keep those cell phones alive. 

Your donation will be used to buy and distribute portable solar panels.  These devices are small, waterproof and can power a cell phone or laptop while doubling as a flashlight and battery.



We are working directly with manufacturing providers and our goal is to have the first shipment out within 5-10 days.  Your contributions to this effort are tax deductible.

 

About Us

We aren’t working alone, yet 100% of your donation will be used to purchase and deliver portable solar panels.  We plan to partner with first responders, NGOs and others who love Puerto Rico to scale this effort.  

As a starting point, we are joining forces with Live to Love , an organization that undertakes disaster recovery and whose team has handled relief efforts.  We are lucky to have them on our side!

Consider spreading the word.  This is the first step. It will take the Island a long time to recover. 


About the sponsors

Miguel Estien was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  He, his wife Erin Pelton and two kids live in NYC.  They are both professionals and their love for the island endures from a distance.  They got married in San Juan in 2007.  
Find him at @MiguelEstien
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Miguel A Estien 
Organizer
New York, NY
Live to Love Foundation USA 
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