Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund
As hurricane season is back, we promise to remain unbreakable in our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico so that they may be able to protect themselves against a repeat of the devastating effects of last year's natural and human disasters.
We have placed the most significant support behind the Clean Water Project for Puerto Rico run by the Puerto Rican Science, Technology and Research Institute. Focusing on communities with no government delivery service of water, they have delivered over 5,00 Kohler Filters to families across the island, reaching over 30,000 people since October 2017. Their distribution events are attended by hundreds, and detailed demographic data is collected. You can observe this work and more online: http://prsciencetrust.org/proyectoagualimpia/
Contributions allow for the continued support of programs like Taller Salud’s emergency response program that serviced nearly 8,000 women and their families with hot meals, and over 2000 individuals with medical attention in the first 60 days. And Communitaria Iniciativa’s programming that reduces the spread of HIV amongst addicts and the homeless with complementary services. They service about 400 unique individuals per month.
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Hurricane Maria made landfall at 6:15 am on September 20 in Yabucoa, in southeastern Puerto Rico, as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155-200 mph source. The island suffered significant structural damage and widespread loss of power and communications.
Our goal is to make a real impact on communities. We started our clean water project called Archipelago in November with a goal of bringing clean water to 1200 individuals by sending 700 - 1000 water filters. We made our first purchase of 320 water purification units on Nov. 20th, and our partner, the Puerto Rico Brain Trust for Tropical Disease Research and Prevention, is overseeing the distribution and educational programming in remote cities on the island.
We recently ended our first round of fundraising with our coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses in the greater Los Angeles Puerto Rican community.
Our fiscal sponsor, Cooking With Gabby, has begun to disbursed funds to the lists of nonprofits below:
4) Taller Salud
5) United Way of Puerto Rico
Pictures from our past work and distribution trips include:
All donations to this fund will exclusively support the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María and Irma in Puerto Rico and provide relief and aid to the communities affected by this disaster.
Jorge and Nicole,
Co-Founders, Puerto Ricans In Action
Puerto Ricans in Action - Los Angeles was formed in 2016, and is a group working to unify the Puerto Rican community in the region.
As of 10/6/17, Puerto Ricans in Action has obtained a fiscal sponsor, Cooking With Gabby, which is a nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate hunger and unhealthy lifestyles that result in obesity and associated diseases; by giving kids, their families and communities the tools to make healthy choices.
Our fiscal sponsorship will allow us to continue to fundraise as we work toward becoming a nonprofit and ensure long-term support can be provided to Puerto Rico.
Following the effects of hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017, Puerto Ricans in Action rapidly mobilized a local and national coalition of support for relief efforts to help families and children regain access to clean water and basic necessities.
Donations from over 2000 people through GoFundMe has powered relief work that has directly delivered or funded aid that has impacted the lives of over 14,000 people in need of food, water, healthcare and a helping hand forward.
Your contributions allow for the continued support of programs like Taller Salud’s emergency response program that serviced nearly 8,000 women and their families with hot meals, and over 2000 individuals with medical attention in the first 60 days. And Iniciativa Communitaria’s programming that reduces the spread of HIV amongst addicts and the homeless with complementary services. They service about 400 unique individuals per month. We have placed the most significant support behind the Clean Water Project ran by the Puerto Rican Science, Technology and Research Institute. Focusing on communities with no government delivery service of water, they have delivered 2,234 Kohler Filters to families across the island since October 2017. Their distribution events are attended by hundreds, and detailed demographic data is collected. You can observe this work and more online: http://prsciencetrust.org/proyectoagualimpia/
Our team visited with these programs in-person this summer to observe their work, and meet their staff and community. Along the way, we also met with families living high in the mountains who had just received electricity. That means they were off the grid for over 10 months, surviving on generators or flashlights, and bottled water. In general, most water sources are still considered to be contaminated, and as communities find long-term solutions, we are committed to helping them gain access to clean drinking water with easy-to-use at-home filters.
We were inspired by our trip and are pleased to share a few photos of it with you. With hurricane season upon the island, we promise to remain unbreakable in our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico so that they may be able to protect themselves against a repeat of the devastating effects of last year's natural and human disasters.
Thank you for your financial contributions, it makes this assistance possible.
Nicole & Jorge
Puerto Ricans in Action
Over 115 days of humanitarian relief and the beginnings of recovery are here.
Quick Facts ( www.status.pr)
*80% power generation
*55% of island has electricity
*96% of the island has water (boil advisory remains)
“More than 2.3 million Puerto Rican residents were served by water systems which drew at least one sample testing positive for total coliforms or E. coli after Maria devastated the island in September,” the Natural Resources Defense Council reported on January 11.
As part of our commitment to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans in Action is helping to fund the continued distribution of water filtration systems in the cities of Utuado, Arecibo and Hatillo. Our initial donation of 320 units, and distribution model, led to an additional donation of 2,000 units from Unidos por Puerto Rico. This new donation, combined with our own, will provide access to clean water for nearly 12,000 people. Our partners in this project are, the Puerto Ricans Science, Technology and Research Institute, Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit.
You, and over 1,200 caring people like you, have been our critical source of hope and success every step of the way. Things are improving in Puerto Rico, but we remain far from returning to stability. Our focus is on clean water, and we know that with a 55% generation rate clean water will continue to be hard to access for many. We ask that you stay committed with us to double our reach to 24,000 individuals.
We would also like to announce that one of our founding members, Cuqui Lago, will be moving to Puerto Rico in February. Her continued presence will solidify and strengthen our relief work on the island. Check out the attached video to see our latest distribution event in PR, lead by Cuqui.
Nicole & Jorge
It's a little early for 'Year in Review' emails - but we like being unconventional. We have prepared a 1 minute snapshot of some of the heart-warming things that happened this year for Puerto Ricans in Action.
In other good news, our Archipelago clean water project partner, Puerto Rico Science, Research and Technology Institute, has been awarded a grant from Unidos Por Puerto Rico to purchase another 2,000 Kohler filters specifically for Utuado. This mean that in addition to the nearly 2,000 people we reached with our first donation of 320 water filters, another 12,000 people will have access to clean and safe drinking water.
As we look back on an intense and incredibly rewarding year, none of this would have been possible without your support and encouragement.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, and from the top of our lungs, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
Nicole, Jorge and Cuqui
Thank you from all of us here at Puerto Ricans in Action for your invaluable donation to hurricane relief this year. You response to this humanitarian crisis has made way for supplies and clean water filters to get to those most affected.
Every little bit helps! We have attached a 2 minute video about our distribution of water filters in rural Puerto Rico. Our friends have told us it is both gut wrenching and inspiring.
No donation is too small. With still 13 cities of the island with zero electric power, we need to be concerned about clean water. Your contribution is a powerful life sustaining gift, and for that we are sincerely grateful!
We are commited to improving access to clean water. Every dollar you donate goes directly toward this mission.
Wishing you happy and safe holidays.
Jorge & Nicole & Cuqui
Puerto Ricans in Action