Humanitarian work in Puerto Rico
My name is Randee Litten and I am an Emergency Registered Nurse for St Joseph Hospital in Eureka California. I am 1 of 56 nurses in the country who were chosen to board a Humanitarian flight to San Juan Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
The organization that I am working with is called RN Response Network, working in cooperation with National Nurses United. Myself and 300 other volunteers will be housed in the coliseum in San Juan and our purpose is to assist with the devastation that Hurricane Maria caused. The hours will be long and the work will be very intense. Most of Puerto Rico is still without power, the hospitals and many other facilities are running off generators.
I will be on the ground no later than Wednesday evening and I'm asking for your help to get me there as well as to help the people of Puerto Rico, our fellow Americans.
I would like to divide your donations up three ways:
First, I will need financial help. My expenses include driving to San Francisco last minute to catch my flight out of SF, help with my home finances due to missing wages while I’m gone and help to fund gear that is needed for the rough terrain I'll be in.
Secondly, a larger portion of the funds will go directly to the people of Puerto Rico. Right now, they have nothing. If we can put some money into their pockets, maybe they'll gain some hope, and at the same time, see that their fellow people do care about their well being.
Lastly, I'd like to donate a portion of the funds to the non profit agency i'm traveling with, the RN Response Network. RNRN has been sending volunteer nurses to disaster-stricken areas where and when they are needed since 2005. If you're interested in donating directly to them, their website is:
Please help me do the best work possible while I'm down there. Thank you for giving whatever you can. I feel so privileged to be chosen for this deployment.
You are all coming with me in spirit. Help me bring some light to our fellow Americans, the people of Puerto Rico.
Once in Vieques, they dropped everything off at La Incubadora, a project that was going on before Maria and its purpose is to empower and encourage people to do things for themselves. Like creating their own businesses. Post-Maria they have been using the space as a "centeo de acopio" like the main place were people give stuff and then its delivered. They've been helping the poorest communities and dividing/giving out everything the next day.
The work is continuing, because of all of you. We can't thank you enough!
“The government had said that by today, half of the system would be working. They just forced the system in order to get the numbers they needed to accomplish what they had promised. The consequence? The electrical system collapsed; again this week.
When the government is referring to the % that they have been able to electrify or expect to do so soon, they are not referring to the households that have electricity, but the % of kilowatts that we are consuming as a country.
Before Maria, Puerto Rico was using X quantity of kilowatts, so the government is just aspiring to get the 100% of that initial number, even if more than half the island is still without electricity service! But politics are like that so if they get that number up they can say they are electrifying the island super quickly..”
Thank you for your support. All of you. We’re making Puerto Rican’s lives a little better every day <3