Solar & Recovery Aid 4 Puerto Rico
LONG-TERM RECOVERY FOR PUERTO RICO
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL DIRECTLY SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES RECOVER AND GET BACK ON TRACK.
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.
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.
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.
Handheld CB radios
Pocket AM radios
Chargers and cables
IRIDIUM Satellite phones
Stihl Chain Saws + Accessories
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.
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.
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.
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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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.