This is their story:
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria raged across Puerto Rico and destroyed the residence and family farm of Andre and Magali in the small mountainous town of Carites. Since then, they have been living without a roof and Magali has health conditions that require her to be in a wheelchair.
Andre has been farming for 25 years, and is a botanist with wisdom about the medicinal plants of Puerto Rico. Andre's dream is to leave a legacy of organic farming and provide healing through the backyard pharmacy of medicinal plants growing wild on his property. Planned crops after the homestead and farm is rebuilt include cacao, plátano, café, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, bok choy, herbs for teas, and medicinal plants.
In order to continue organic farming on this property, the main house needs to be rebuilt first.
Phase 1 of the project focuses on rebuilding the main house and clean up the farm removing debris:
$15,000 - Put a roof over their head (materials & labor cost)
$10,000 - Debris removal (excavator & dumpster rental)
$5,000 - Build a functioning kitchen and bathroom
The deadline for raising these funds is 3/31/2018.
If you are able to donate your time, please sign up for more information on volunteer labor here: www.volunteersignup.org/WRRFX
This farm has been around for 30 years, and with your help can be around for generations to come. Supporting this project means supporting a dream, inspiring hope not only for Andre & Magali, but for their community and others in Puerto Rico trying to get back on their feet after this natural disaster. Your donation will have a direct impact in providing opportunities for healing and health through the crops and medicinal plants that will come from this organic farm for years to come.
We are grateful for any and all amounts of monetary or time contributions. As the homestead and farm gets back on its feet, we welcome you to follow the journey on this page, as pictures and updates will be provided.
Let's honor the resilience of Andre and Magali, and make their dream of returning to organic farming and serving others in Puerto Rico with their healing crops and plants come true.
- Rainer Pumpido
- Irina Lazar
- Macarena Gil
- Akashah Padrón Daly
- Meredith Markiewicz
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