Puerto Rico Repair and Education

I am returning to Puerto Rico on March 5 for 2 months.  I learned a lot from my previous trip there in November.  This time I will be headed to the most rural and remote areas that are forgoten as the cities get all the attention and assistance.   A half million people still do not have electricity.  Most live in high in the mountains.

 I will be helping rebuild home, teaching people to garden and grow food and helping with DIY lighting and electirical.   I will be sharing my skills and knowledge so people can get thru this storm and be better prepared for the next.

I have posted several video to youTube of my first trip, if you would like watch what I did and the condidtions on the ground.

Growing Food

Rebuilding a roof with bamboo
DIY lighting
Getting water from streams

I have expertise that will directly help people in repurposing common items and building things to thrive when water, fuel and electricity is scarce or non-existent. I blacksmith, weld, plumb, wood work, and have a excellent knowledge of electronics repair and chemistry. I am a licensed ham radio operator and CERT trained by the Los Angeles Fire Department. I’ve built many off-the-grid solar powered hydroponic vegetable gardens. 

With my backpacking gear, I can be nimble and go where ever the need is without being an additional burden. Where cell service is not restored,  my satellite communicator will let me communicate from anywhere, including updating social media. I will be posting conditions on the ground, progress being made and stories of people I meet. I also will use it to let people check-in with loved-ones around the world.

I am asking for help to buy the equipment and supplies that I will be bringing to help people rebuild their lives.

I am leaving Monday, March 5. So please donate now.


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Rick Thompson 
Los Angeles, CA
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