Amigos de Puerto Rico & Mexico


Thank you to everyone who’s donated or shared our dual PR & Mexico relief fundraiser! We reached our goal of raising $20,000 for this cause thru a combination of this online campaign and an event in San Francisco. Funds will be donated equally to four non-profits with 501 (c)3 or international equivalent status (descriptions below): Juan Domingo En Acción, Taller Salud, Fondo Semillas, and Cántaro Azul . We carefully selected organizations that have strong roots in the local communities and will ensure that 100% of the donations benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, especially children and women. Being fully transparent, we will withdraw the funds raised thru this GoFundMe campaign to a just-opened bank account under Kathy Charneco’s name and from there send the donations to these four non-profits.

We’re overwhelmed with emotion by everyone’s support! All your donations and kind words will mean so much to so many families in need in Puerto Rico & Mexico. We humbly ask that you please continue to share this fundraiser with your friends to help more families and children in need, or if you prefer, make a donation directly to one of the following nonprofits.
Juan Domingo en Acción (JDA) aims to eradicate poverty in the Juan Domingo community through educational programs that stimulate human development (see video on programs). Juan Domingo is a community in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico of approximately 300 families that live in extreme poverty even before Hurricane Maria hit. The community’s school, the Juan Ponce de León New School , was Puerto Rico’s first public Montessori school, and has served as the model for 40 other public Montessori schools on the Island with a dropout rate of an astounding 0%. Our funds will go towards rebuilding the school, whose wood and tin buildings suffered devastating losses from the path of Hurricane Maria. The goal is to rebuild the school up to code, with durable materials that can resist future weather emergencies. JDA will favor spending on local community businesses and labor, to the extent possible, given the shape the community is in.

Founded 37 years ago, Taller Salud ’s mission is anchored in the conviction that when women thrive, their communities also flourish. Hurricanes Irma and María caused severe damage to communities that suffer from greater inequality and exclusion, such as Loíza, a town of mostly black and poor population that has been Taller Salud’s home for over 25 years. To support the efforts of relief and reconstruction, Taller Salud created a Solidarity Fund to provide for the needs of families affected by the hurricanes, with special emphasis on bedridden people, and women and children. The Fund will cover the costs of water, food, formula for babies, immediate medical needs, personal hygiene and cleaning products, and other supplies for the shelters housing hurricane victims during this first weeks; and the costs of construction materials for the rebuilding of the Loiza community later on. Taller Salud is also organizing volunteers to visit shelters and communities and interview families and community leaders, in order to create an inventory of necessities.

Working in Mexico for 27 years, Fondo Semillas  is a non profit women's fund that supports women's grassroots organizations with the aim of contributing to gender equality and community development. Fondo Semillas launched the “Women Rebuilding their Communities” Fund to finance and provide technical support for women-run community organizations to lead recovery and rebuilding efforts over an 18-month period in the Mexican states affected by the earthquakes, such as:

- Participatory evaluation of damages with specialized advisors
- Economic recovery through women-led income-generating projects
- Installation of sustainable environmental technologies such as solar panels and rainwater collection systems
- Prevention of sexual violence against women affected by the disaster

Fundacion Cántaro Azul believes all people, especially children, deserve to develop to their full potential by living with good health and economic well-being as part of a thriving ecosystem, a fair society, and enriching culture. Seeing water as fundamental to human development, Cántaro Azul designs, implements, and evaluates water programs, technologies, products, and services directed to households, schools, health centers, institutions, and communities in Mexico.  Following the September 2017 earthquakes in Chipas, Oaxaca and Morelos, Cántaro Azul is aiding the poor, rural communities of these regions in partnership with local organizations and UNDP by providing earthquake victims with safe water solutions for shelters, community care centers, schools and homes.


We are a group of Haas UC Berkeley MBA alums and friends, whose family and friends in Puerto Rico and Mexico have been personally affected by the tragic devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and the recent Mexico earthquakes.  While we currently live in the US Mainland, we cannot watch idly by as a humanitarian crisis befalls the places we still call home. Millions have been left without homes, water, food, electricity, or basic necessities. Schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges are destroyed. Entire communities are completely disconnected from the outside world, with no phone, Internet, radio, or TV service - unable to let their loved ones know if they are ok or not. These catastrophes are without precedent in our generation and people are in dire need. The suffering families and children in Mexico and Puerto Rico need our help - now is the time to extend a hand to those less fortunate than us.

We are raising funds to donate to trusted non-profit organizations that have roots in local communities in Puerto Rico & Mexico, and that will spend the money on what residents actually need and distribute aid more efficiently. All donations will directly benefit victims of Hurricane Maria and the Mexico earthquakes, with funds split 50% for communities in Puerto Rico and 50% for communities in Mexico. We are carefully vetting organizations, to ensure that we have the greatest impact and provide relief to those who need it most - the people affected - and not to overhead costs.  We will update this page with the selected organizations that your donation will go towards.

Due to the massive scope of the damage from the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and earthquakes  in Mexico, the work of recovery will continue over the weeks, months, and likely years to come. Together, we can do our part and help rebuild these communities. Please join us in this campaign and support the people of Puerto Rico & Mexico in their time of need! Juntos podemos!

Kathy Charneco - MBA Class of 2006, Managing Director at FÉLINE

Maryann Godwin - MBA Class of 2006, Principal at ZS Associates

Fernando Lopez - MBA Class of 2006, Enterprise Account Executive for Latin America at New Relic, Inc

Lilia Martinez-Coburn - MBA Class of 2007, General Manager Consumer Division at Aptus Health

Noel Bejarano - MBA Class of 2006, Head of Portfolio Management at Anticipa Real Estate (Blackstone Group)

Cesar Martinez - MBA Class of 2005, Head of Business Development & Strategy at Finix Payments

Juan Hernandez, MBA Class of 2005, Country Head for Mexico at Vanguard

Celeste Lear, Music Producer, Sound Engineer & DJ at Boutique Electronique Music

Laura Techera Francia, Executive Producer at ALCHEMYcreative

Rachel Levin, Emmy News Award-winning Producer


Somos un grupo de ex-alumnos del MBA de Haas UC Berkeley y amigos, cuyos familiares y amistades en Puerto Rico y México han sido personalmente afectados por la consecuencias devastadoras del Huracán María en Puerto Rico y los sismos registrados en México recientemente. Aunque actualmente residimos en los Estados Unidos, nos sentimos con la obligación moral de actuar ante la crisis humanitaria que se vive en los lugares que aún llamamos nuestro hogar. Millones de personas se han quedado sin vivienda, agua, comida, electricidad o necesidades básicas.  Escuelas, hospitales, carreteras y puentes han sido destruidos. Comunidades enteras se han quedado completamente incomunicadas del mundo exterior, sin teléfono, internet, radio o televisión, incapaces de dejarles saber a sus seres queridos si están sanos y salvos.  La magnitud de estas catástrofes no tiene precedente en nuestra generación y la necesidad de nuestra gente es urgente.  Las familias y niños sufriendo en Puerto Rico y México necesitan nuestra ayuda, y ahora es el momento de darle una mano a aquellos menos afortunados que nosotros.

Estamos recaudando fondos para donar a organizaciones sin fines de lucro fiables que tengan raíces en las comunidades locales de Puerto Rico y México, y que utilizarán los fondos para lo que realmente necesitan sus residentes y podrán distribuir la ayuda de manera más eficiente.  Todas las donaciones beneficiarán directamente a las víctimas del Huracán María en Puerto Rico y los terremotos registrados en México, con las donaciones repartidas 50% para comunidades en Puerto Rico y 50% para comunidades en México.  Estamos investigando organizaciones cuidadosamente, para asegurarnos que nuestras donaciones vayan a tener el mayor impacto posible y a contribuir a ayudar a quienes más lo necesitan, las personas afectadas. Actualizaremos esta página con las organizaciones seleccionadas a las que destinaremos tu donación.

Debido a los inmensidad de la devastación sufrida por el Huracán María y los sismos en Méjico, la labor de recuperación continuará por los próximos meses y probablemente años. Entre todos, podemos poner nuestro granito de arena y ayudar a reconstruir estas comunidades.  ¡Por favor únete a nosotros en esta campaña y apoya a la gente de Puerto Rico y Méjico en estos momentos de necesidad! ¡Juntos podemos!

Kathy Charneco - MBA Clase del 2006, Directora y Fundadora de FÉLINE

Maryann Godwin - MBA Clase del 2006, Principal de ZS Associates

Fernando López - MBA Clase del 2006, Ejecutivo de Cuentas Empresariales para Latino América en New Relic, Inc

Lilia Martínez-Coburn - MBA Clase del 2007,  Gerente General para la División de Consumidores en Aptus Health

Noel Bejarano - MBA Clase del 2006, Director de Gestión de Cartera en Anticipa Real Estate (Blackstone Group)

Cesar Martínez - MBA Clase del 2005, Director de Desarrollo de Negocio y Estrategia para Finix Payments

Juan Hernández, MBA Clase del 2005,  Director de Operaciones en México para Vanguard

Celeste Lear, Productora de Música, Ingeniera de Sonido & DJ en Boutique Electronique Music

Laura Techera Francia, Productora Ejecutiva en ALCHEMYcreative

Rachel Levin, Productora Ganadora de Premio Emmy para Noticias
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