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Solar & Recovery Aid 4 Puerto Rico

$6,085 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 11 months
Created September 25, 2017

LONG-TERM RECOVERY FOR PUERTO RICO
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES RECOVER AND GET BACK ON TRACK.

Update
Bifrost Corporation is joining DUO, a long-term disaster relief organization in preparing shipments of various types of aid which will be grouped into custom 'Bucket' packages to help families in the remote areas of Puerto Rico and in Culebra. 
Based on the reports from various engineers and builders, we know that it will take years to build the infrastructure to stabilize the island. Our goal is to provide immediate relief with aid providing food, clothing, building supplies, solar energy, communications and water filters. 
The distribution of the supplies will be a combined effort of various groups including a network of professors, students, and small business owners already on the ground helping communities with recovery and rebuilding. 

How we got here, with your help

It has been over 3 months since two back to back hurricanes have bisected the entire island of Puerto Rico leaving so many people with destroyed homes and little access to water, gas, electricity, and communication. 

The first part of our efforts involved sending chains saws, generators, solar chargers, phones with hotspots, and batteries.  With the help of so many individuals and private companies,  this effort has provided for many in need throughout the Island and Culebra. We have inspiring stories of our contributions saving lives and re-connecting families & communities.  
Thank you everyone!

This is a grassroots effort towards the island's recovery.
You can join us by sharing our fundriasing efforts to your friends and family and giving what you can as every bit counts.  From the beginning, we have been overwhelmed by the displays of generosity and kindness of private companies and individuals like yourself, who have shown their support. 



We will be updating on this page, FB and Instagram.

Relief supplies
All the funds will go towards preparing a shipment of the items below. We are working with providers on pricing and donations so we can collect more for everyone.

* Clean Water
LifeStraw Family and Community Systems
The island's water system is not functioning for most of the island. These portable filters convert contaminated water into clean, safe drinking water. After so man,y weeks we are worried about water-borne disease.

*Clean Energy 
Solar chargers,  batteries, and panels
We will be providing solar power options and education to communities on the benefits of clean energy option for individuals and homes. 

* Connectivity
Handheld CB radios
Pocket AM radios
Chargers and cables
IRIDIUM  Satellite phones

*Rebuilding supplies
Stihl Chain Saws + Accessories
Gloves

*Comfort
Mosquito repellant
Mosquito Netting
USB Fans
Hand Fans






My name is Susie Kim. I am a co-founder and Artistic director for Newfilmmakers Los Angeles and have been producing the science and art documentary Bifrost into the Aurora. Based out of Puerto Rico for the past 3 years, we have been working with Students and scientist from the University of Puerto Rico.

By luck, I was in Los Angeles when the hurricanes hit. I was able to maintain communications with our production team,  friends, and the university students to understand how to best help.

Working together with friends, families, and companies in the US, we organized to address the immediate needs of the island which is energy, connectivity, and clean water.

Thank you from friends and supporters of Bifrost Corp, Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, University of PR,  our non-profit partner DUO and all of the small business owners, entrepreneurs and creative artists affected by Maria.

Banco Popular Foundation has generously provided a safe working environment so the student can continue their work for the NASA space grant.


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Telecommunications are indeed improving as we have been in consistent contact with our group for the past few days. The news has been sad with stories of many disabled residents suffering and some dying due to the lack of power. The need to rebuild the energy system from the ground up for 3.5 million residents will take time. Most residents and businesses are running on gas generators and older systems which are only meant for emergencies not long term use. Being used as the sole source of power is very costly and toxic.
As we continue, we see the need to provide solar generators.
-Adding Solar Generators to the wish list.
We have discovered Goal Zero generators. Any other suggestion would be welcome.
Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Lithium
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Thank you everyone for your support this past month on our efforts to send aid to our team, the UPR students and the communities we are helping in Puerto Rico.
We did run into a snag with our transportation, but we are a very determined group! Heins flew in last week to hand deliver 23 boxes of supplies to Puerto Rico. It was a marathon of packing and traveling from NY to LA to San Juan in 48 hours.

Communications are improving and we will continue updates regularly each day on progress in Puerto Rico.
The recovery has been very slow. The supplies that you donated to have been distributed to communities all over the island and Culebra. Our friends at Rok Mobile donated phones and tablets for the outer communities of the metro area to share. With a rescue group in Culebra, lives were saved using one of the donated satellite phones from Iridium. What we are realizing is how impactful every effort had made so far.

With some road access cleared, our film crew along with Heins and Eric traveled all last week around the Island.
Much of the island is still without power and phone service. The main concern now is safe drinking water.
We will be updating the wishlist to reflecting the needed items to be collection for the next coming trip.

We also need to thank Banco Popular and the Banco Popular foundation for providing work space with electricity + WIFI for the PR space grant consortium with the UPR students so that they can continue their work for the NASA rocket programs.
There is hope that the UPR will have departments back up by the end of the year.
We will continue the work and will be joining other groups that are also actively working on the ground to help others.
Please join me again to help, advocate and share.
Much Love.
Arrival @Luis Muñoz Marín Int. Airport  
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After discussing with the providers of the Water filters, we are dropping the Lifestraw personal filters and focusing on LifeStraw mission and family filter systems. These are the systems that remove 99.99% of viruses unlike the the personal option.
Please note the change in our wishlist.
In addition to the water filters, we have our first shipment going out Thursday.

Thank you to the following companies on working with us on this first shipment.
@rokmobile phones, @iridiumcommunications satellite phones and @voltaicsystems solar chargers, and lastly Stihl chainsaws from a lovely local business called Lawnmowercornerca.com.
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It has been a trying few weeks.
Heavy is the heart with the news of the senseless violence that took place in Las Vegas.
Our condolences to the family and friends affected, best wishes for smooth recovery to the injured and bravo to the community that have come together to give aid and support.
With heart and good will to all in this trying time.
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$6,085 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 11 months
Created September 25, 2017
$30
Food Bucket
Non Perishable foods, flour, corn maze, canned vegetables, canned meats (chicken, tuna, beef,) Small skillet, cooking oil, ramen noodles, rice, spices +seasons
$31
Pet Bucket
Dog or cat food, a bed, chew toys collar and leash
$33
Baby Bucket
Hypoallergenic wipes, wash & cloth diapers, pins, soap (bucket for soak soiled diapers) thermometer, q-tips, baby food, Similac, teething ring, pacifier.
$45
Kitchen Bucket 
Reusable plates and drinking glasses, eating utensils, cooking utensils, prep bowl, strainer, cooking pot, soap, sponge, cooking oil
$40
Cleaning Bucket
Dish and dry laundry soap. Dish towels and rags, clothespins, clothesline, disinfecting spray. scouring sponges, bath soap, shampoo.
$51
Construction
Clawhammer, duplex nails, small pry bar, 25’ tape measure, duct tape, box knife, cloth nail bag, small saw, tarp, screwdrivers & screws, pliers & rope
$50
Cook Stove
41 of 50 left
Biolite cook stove to provide to locals. Works with twigs and efficient design.
$80
Lifestraw Famly
23 of 30 left
This is a gravity powered water purifier using advanced ultrafiltration w/ a 0.02 micron pore size, removing virtually all virus, bacteria and protozoa.
$20
PowerBanks
49 of 50 left
We will be able to give these to people on the Island so they can extend the charge of their phones. The banks are easy to charge off our solar energy hub.
$100
CB Hand Radios
39 of 50 left
To aid in communications with areas cut off from the metro area
$65
Walkie Talkie
2 of 2 left
Long range Walkie Talkie systems
$101
Solar station
100watt charger for 12 volt system. To use for charging cell phones and lap tops. 
$200
Framing Package
1 framing hammer & speed square, 1 leather tool belt, pencils, 1 box knife, #10 & #16 nails, 1 level, 1 plumb bob, 1 chalk line, 25’ tape measure, 1 nail punch
$201
Drywall Package
Drywall square, hammer, nail pouch, box knife, drywall plane, 25’ tape measure, nails, hole saw, 12” & 6” sparkling knife & mud pan, putty knife set.
$199
Painter Package
Rollers, Roller frames, extension, drywall sander, paint brushes, box(es) of rags, canvas nonslip drop cloths, masking tape.
$250
Roof & Framing
1 roof & 1 framing nail guns (pneumatic) with box of nails.
$251
Drill Package
1 rechargeable drill, and 1 hammer drill with bit set.
$255
LadderPackage
1-20’ Heavy duty contractors ladder
$300
Brick-Layer Set
Brick Layers Hand Tool Set-1 wheel barrow, 1 rake, 1 trowel set, 4’ level, 1 scribing tool, 1 brush, 1 plumb line & bob, 1 brick-layer hammer)
$301
Saw Package
1 Sawzall, 1 Circular Saw, 1 Light Kit and 1 Saw Horse set.
$305
Miter Saw
1 Compound Miter Saw
$350
Air Compressor
Electric air compressor (for nail guns)
$299
Spray Paint
Spray Paints
$500
Table Saw
Table Saw
$800
3600 Generator
3600 watt job site generator
$2,000
EnclosedTrailer
5 x 10 Enclosed Trailer
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