We're using as few resources as possible to get clean water and power to remote areas of Puerto Rico, in as little time as possible.
Hurricane Maria came and left, leaving the entire population of Puerto Rico without electricity or running water.
The damage sparked international headlines, but there isn't enough help to go around. Everyone is assuming someone is doing something, yet 70% of Puerto Ricans are still without running water or electricity, more so on the outskirts of the island. Even though people have been promised for power to be restored by December, truth is, it will take as long as 6 months to get power back to Piñones.
Why Inland Puerto Rico?
There are still remote areas yet to be reached. Puerto Rico is made up of hundreds of small towns and communities, and there just isn't enough resources to go around. There are roads made impassable where
hiking in is the only way.
We're sending one person into the crisis zone, with water filters and generators as an immediate solution to get safe, potable water and electricity where aid is thin and travel is difficult.
Using Piñones as a case study, we will document the most efficient means of supporting local communities until utilities are restored. With our research, we hope to return with media demonstrating efficient use of supplies to support future effort into the rebuilding of the heartlands of Puerto Rico.
We will make our way to the outskirts of the city, and with local friends, distribute supplies through a crisis centre that will account for every unit we give out. These same people have had their homes destroyed, but their days are filled giving out aid and supplies to families in need.
We'll stay with friends to conserve costs, with every single dollar saved towards as many generators and filters as we can. We will document everything with cameras, to remain accountable to the mission.
The Costs - $8000
$4000: Water treatment capsules
$2000: Mosquito Nets
$2000: Kinetic Power Generators and Inverters
*$1000: Travel is self-funded, all funds will be used to buy filters and transport supplies.
The Solar Power Inverter
The Pedal Power Box
The Water Treatment Capsules
The Crisis Center
Urbe A Pie, run by Zeus Omar Ayala and his partner Zulecka Torres in Caguas where they've set up a temporary shelter to support the local community.
The Friends: Robert Talanehzar, a native of Minnesota, currently living in Puerto Rico with his wife, Izzy. Both know everyone in their small remote community. Gwen visited them years ago and they've been in contact ever since.
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