Vieques, Puerto Rico
COVID 19 EMERGENCY FUND
• Designed, implemented and facilitating contact tracing program for the island
• Supplied over 25,000 masks to first responders, healthcare workers and the community
• Supplied critical training to healthcare workers
• With CARES Act funding acquired 2 isolation chambers and four helmets for safe medical transport of Covid positive patients
• Organizing and managing drive through Covid testing events every weekend
• Supporting staff and other expenses at Covid testing events
STREET NAMING PROJECT
• Naming unnamed streets on Vieques for safer more efficient response to emergencies
ASSET MAPPING PROJECT
• Mapping of resources, assets, partners and volunteers on Vieques, Puerto Rico and the U.S. for a more prepared, connected and resilient island.
ViequesLove was started on the night of Hurricane Maria as it caused massive destruction to our home, Vieques, Puerto Rico. An island 7 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques was cut off from power and communication which lasted for nearly 6 months. Trusted residents of the island came together to immediately raise and provide over a million dollars in critical response and 1.6 million in-kind supplies.
Vieques suffers from a lack of economic opportunities, inadequate health services, distressingly low education instruction, insufficient policing, a porous drug interdiction system, and lack of food production and self-sufficiency destroyed by agribusiness at the beginning of the last century when it was formerly a sugar plantation island.
Since Hurricane Maria, these socioeconomic disparities have been amplified by a series of unexpected crisis; another lesser hurricane, an earthquake, and now Covid 19. Puerto Rico has a hurricane season, and so now Covid and seasonal hurricane weather preparations must be combined.
For the last three years, ViequesLove has worked to create and coordinate the island's preparedness for adverse situations and enhance the infrastructure and capacity of the island's independent organizations to provide for the well-being and resilience of its citizens.
We serve as a facilitator for and are not in competition with all other island charity-based operations to bring the infrastructure necessary for citizen well-being. We amplify the island's voice by creating and fostering partnerships with off island organizations and advocate for equitable healthcare, education, living standards and opportunities for our residents.
Currently ViequesLove is the creator and operator of the most successful community organized contact tracing system in Puerto Rico. Writing the grant proposal for the municipal government of Vieques for the CARES Act funding we have been able to sustain the program through this funding awarded to the municipality. These funds have helped purchase medical isolation and transportation chambers.
Our additional current programs include asset mapping, soon to be available to all citizens, which will allow individuals to locate hubs of food, power, water, and medical care should take a new disaster strike, a project of community-controlled street naming so that emergency vehicles will be able to locate citizens in need, a creator of the NGO community information zoom organization to keep independent operations fully informed of each other, an official member as the NGO liaison to the local and Puerto Rican governments about Covid and disaster preparedness; one of the coordinators of the ad hoc food and clothing distribution systems, and the purchaser of last resort for the islands ventilator, PPE, and a soon-to-be-available isolation chamber that will allow Covid-positive islanders to be safely transferred off the island.
Over 200 streets on the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico are not named making assessment, search and rescue and medical services nearly impossible after a weather event. ViequesLove has an initiative to enlist community participation, historical research and a systematic approach to mapping and naming the streets. USPS, Google Maps and 911 will be updated once the steets are approved by municipal and legislative government on Vieques.
We work daily to serve Vieques and make our donors proud to contribute. Our dream is that Vieques become the model of resilience to an unpredictable future due to climate change, replicable to other islands and isolated areas.
Please join us.
- Corey Talone
- John Verlinden
- Andrew Bechhoefer
- Susan Whitlock
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