After being badly damaged by hurricane Maria, the island of Vieques remains without power or water (except temporary water supplies). Food and fuel supplies are minimal. Vieques is running out of everything. Cell towers are down with the exception of a temporary tower (now under construction) with very limited communication.
A small island with a population of 9500 US citizen’s located 8 miles off the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico (PR), Vieques is entirely dependent on the main island for supplies, fuel, food and even water (which is piped under the sea from the El Yunque rain forest).
Until recently very limited help has been focused on Vieques.
Last week Robin and Scott Horty (who own a home on the island) met with Elizabeth McLellan, the dynamic founder and director of Partners for World Health, in Portland Maine (www.partnersforworldhealth.org) to discuss shipping down a 40 foot container of medical supplies and equipment with a value of $150,000-$250,000. Partners for World Health is very generously donating the medical supplies and equipment.
Our goal is to raise the cost of purchasing a container, (which will then be donated to the hospital for the safe storage of supplies), shipping the container to San Juan, delivery of the container to Vieques once it arrives in San Juan and associated fees and tariffs. Additional costs include the processing, handling, packing and list creation of the contents (a total of $25,000). While raising the money we are working simultaneously on the logistics of getting the container to the hospital and clinics on Vieques.
Click here to meet the pilot and crew who have so generously volunteered to deliver the supplies
We encourage you to donate to this important cause for the only hospital on Vieques which has limited medical supplies and equipment.
DonationsSee top donations
- Bonnie Rukin
- Jared Baker
- Peter Bowen
- Kevin Thomas