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Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Fund

$2,202,860 of $5.0M goal

Raised by 131 people in 2 months
Created May 8, 2018
IR
Isabel Rullán
on behalf of Foundation For Puerto Rico
ConPRmetidos is committed to a stable, productive, and self-sufficient Puerto Rico, where resilient structures and equitable policies will protect against a repeat of the devastating effects of last year's historic hurricanes.

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Photo Credit: Eduardo Mariota (Puerto Rico, Sept. 2017)

This initiative and fund, formally known as The María: Puerto Rico Real-Time Recovery Fund, has been organized in partnership with the Foundation for Puerto Rico, a 501(c)(3) corporation providing fiscal sponsorship of the fund.

This fund has been raising $5 million since September 2017, to finance immediate impact and long-term solutions for the most vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico.

Donations to this fund are 100% tax deductible.

Hurricane María is Puerto Rico’s worst natural disaster in over a century, “the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the United States” (NASA).

Together with hurricane Irma, which struck three weeks earlier, Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was thoroughly devastated: 100% of the power grid was taken offline, and 80% of the population was cut off from clean water service. Seven months later, some 15,000 homes remain without power, the island's fragile infrastructure periodically stumbles, and anxiety is high as the 2018 hurricane season fast approaches. 

Photo Credit: Eduardo Mariota (Puerto Rico, Sept. 2017)

About ConPRmetidos:
We are an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2012, that is committed to Puerto Rico’s renewal.

We believe that Puerto Ricans can build a global model of community-driven success.  Please help us #PowerUpPR.

About Foundation for Puerto Rico:
Foundation for Puerto Rico is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID 66-0776227) whose mission is to transformPuerto Rico into a global destination by driving economic and social development through sustainable strategies.

What do we do with donations received?



Power As A Service: We are committed to powering up community-level infrastructures that foster economic development and empower social impact. #PowerUpPR

Community Leadership: We are committed to supporting the leadership provided by local, social-impact organizations across Puerto Rico, who are best able to assess their community needs, marshall community support, and protect the interests of the vulnerable and marginalized. #Partnerships

Long-term Renewal: We are committed to improving the lives of our fellow citizens by helping to build stable, productive, self-sufficient communities. #BuildItRight

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*ConPRmetidos is committed to the accountability of your donation and will publish Audited Impact Reports by a certified accountant as funds are converted into impact. #Transparency

You can keep track with our work via regular updates posted to our website and on Facebook. ¡Gracias!
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ConPRmetidos ( http://conprmetidos.org/) recently led a delegation of over 30 Puerto Rican leaders to New Orleans to meet key actors and organizations behind the city’s remarkable recovery after hurricane Katrina. In partnership with the non-profit organization Friends of New Orleans ( http://www.friendsofneworleans.org/), and sponsored by the Skip Battle Foundation, island leaders from across various sectors -- from academia to tech, from foundations to healthcare, from community empowerment to venture capital -- were able to directly engage with counterparts in New Orleans who knew exactly what they were facing, what post-hurricane trauma feels like, and what it takes to move forward.

View Letter: http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a7a01d0f9a61e3b9569b52d/t/5abbebc4352f53d186070bd6/1522265029496/NOLALeadersLetter_SIGNED.pdf

ConPRmetidos has synthesized the lessons learned by the island’s delegation in New Orleans into a publicly available document: Post-Maria Recovery: Lessons and Recommendations from Post-Katrina New Orleans.

http://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z2uQ5gplR3HxZ3uWudhcREFdre6BdAMs02AV6mGDe9w/edit?usp=sharing

Taking cue from these lessons, a collective of local organizations that were part of the NOLA delegation -- including Parallel 18 ( http://parallel18.com/about.html), Colmena 66 ( http://www.colmena66.com/) and Centro Para Emprendedores ( http://www.centroparaemprendedores.org/) -- have committed to producing Puerto Rico’s first entrepreneurship week in November, a budding example of local entrepreneurship as economic driver.

Similarly, Foundation for Puerto Rico ( http://www.foundationforpuertorico.org/) and ConPRmetidos jointly hosted the Six Months After Maria Forum on March 20, featuring a panel discussion that dived into the post-Katrina lesson of the importance of unified advocacy efforts and a unified political agenda.
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#Long-TermRebuilding As part of our commitment to Puerto Rico's sustainable development and renewal, ConPRmetidos is sponsoring a three-month long, targeted, battery-recycling program spearheaded by Basura Cero Puerto Rico in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice of Puerto Rico, and Walgreens of Puerto Rico. The latter two have been critical in activating their employee and customer bases to know of the program, and have each offered space in locations across the island for the placement of battery recycling kiosks.

We strongly believe in the primary environmental protection goal of the program, and equally see it as an important model of how collaborative self-sufficiency across different sectors can work for a better future for Puerto Rico.

In parts of the island, the need for immediate relief is still present and palpable. However, as other parts of the island progress, it is imperative that projects that contemplate the island's long-term recovery also progress. This includes, without a doubt, that we take an active role in the conservation of Puerto Rico's natural resources and human capital.

If you are in Puerto Rico, please consider taking your used alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt) to the nearest recycling station and encourage others to do the same by posting a Facebook "Check-In", sharing the station's location, and using the hashtags #Pontelaspilas #ConPRmetidos.
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Thanks to you, ConPRmetidos has been able to channel close to $600,000 towards Puerto Rico's recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

These investments represent a meaningful start to our commitment to the development of a stable, productive, and self-sufficient Puerto Rico.

In 2018, you can be sure ConPRmetidos will continue to identify and support initiatives which prioritize the long-term well-being and capability of Puerto Rico and its citizens.

#EmpoweringDoers ConPRmetidos is committed to providing tools and platforms to those who have the ability to positively impact their community. We recently provided an off-grid power generator to an outstanding community organization in Caguas, a small city in the mountainous interior near San Juan, which was seriously affected by the passing of Maria's eye.

The Centro de Apoyo Mutuo ( http://www.facebook.com/Centro-de-Apoyo-Mutuo-2033558466880656/), established soon after the hurricane hit, is an initiative of Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico ( http://www.facebook.com/comedores.sociales/).

The Centro serves nutritious meals to well over a hundred people each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And on Tuesdays, they offer acupuncture clinics to help reduce the toll of stress and physical exhaustion affecting so many across the island.
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TEARS SHED, LESSONS LEARNED, AND OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

I still have flashbacks of those first few days after the hurricane and I get chills as I remember everything that was going on around me. Desperate, eight-hour waits for cash and gas without a guarantee that there would be any left by the time you reached your turn. Broken tree branches blocking streets and impeding automobile traffic, shattered glass underfoot everywhere I walked to.

The absolute darkness at night made me feel deeply unsafe. Supermarkets were mostly empty, and at some point everyone I know struggled to find fresh food and clean water. There was a collective sense of anxiety from not having a cellphone signal, and people would wake up feeling restless because there was no way to cool down against the tropical humidity. And yet, the following weeks were actually worse, as many well-meaning brigades failed to deploy emergency aid and thousands of people were left without relief for way too long. The sense of despair, of the enormity of the challenge, was numbing.

Then, I purposefully remind myself of how fortunate I was to have witnessed a historic moment in time, when the worst that could happen TO Puerto Rico, brought out the best IN Puerto Rico.

Read more here: http://www.facebook.com/conPRmetidos/videos/1890772784330011/
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$2,202,860 of $5.0M goal

Raised by 131 people in 2 months
Created May 8, 2018
IR
Isabel Rullán
on behalf of Foundation For Puerto Rico
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