Emergency Relief for Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria made landfall as a category 4 storm in Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017. The powerful winds ripped the roofs off of homes, uprooted trees and brought down power lines leaving 100% of the island and her 3.5 million residents, without power, potable water or communication. While some residents were blessed to have their homes and personal property spared, many people have suffered crippling losses from the storm.

Ridge to Reefs (RTR) is an environmental organization that has been working in Puerto Rico for the past 10 years. We work with local communities doing watershed restoration and conservation. You can find more information about the work RTR does at www.ridgetoreefs.org . Our Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping local communities with environmental restoration, but today we need your help to provide disaster relief to rural communities in Puerto Rico.

RTR is asking for financial donations to provide support to shelters and rural communities in the south, west and central regions of the island. We are working with Aqua Mira and Goal Zero to provide water purification systems, and portable solar power systems with inverters and batteries to provide essential support for rural communities that have been affected the most and are predicted to be without power for 4-6 months.

Specifically, we have arranged for the donation of a private flight to Puerto Rico and are coordinating with colleagues on the ground in Puerto Rico -- to get water purification systems both small homeowner scale and larger 2500 gallons per day treatment systems in place where they are needed. In addition, we are arranging for small scale solar for basic energy and communications including satellite communications for areas in need (as communications in many areas are non-existent or spotty at best).

Unlike donations to national organizations that can take months to begin distributing funds, your support to us will have an immediate and substantial impact in Puerto Rico as we are coordinating with partners and communities on the ground in Puerto Rico.  We are very concerned about the lack of safe drinking water as they are quickly running out and are planning to deploy the following systems.

1) Small community scale (2500 gallons per day)   http://www.aquamira.com/product/divvy-250-emergency-water-system/ 
2) Several neighbors (120 gallons per filter)   http://www.aquamira.com/product/waterbasics-60-gallon-water-storage-kit-with-filter/  ($200)
3) Individual/ family scale ($25) Sawyer Mini Filter
4) Communications - Iridium Satellite Hotspots

Together, we can help restore Puerto Rico back to the place that we all know and love.

We appreciate any help you can provide!


El 20 de septiembre de 2017, el huracán María tocó tierra como una tormenta de categoría 4 en Puerto Rico. Los poderosos vientos arrancaron los techos de los hogares, arrancaron árboles y derribaron líneas eléctricas dejando el 100% de la isla y sus 3.5 millones de habitantes, sin agua potable o comunicación. Muchas personas han sufrido pérdidas paralizantes por este huracan.

Ridge to Reefs (RTR) es una organización ambiental que ha estado trabajando en Puerto Rico durante los últimos 10 años. Trabajamos con comunidades locales realizando restauración y conservación de cuencas. Para más información sobre el trabajo que RTR hace en PR visite www.ridgetoreefs.org  Nuestra Organización es un 501 (c) (3) sin fines de lucro comprometida a ayudar a las comunidades locales con la restauración ambiental, pero hoy necesitamos su apoyo para proporcionar ayuda a las comunidades rurales en Puerto Rico.

RTR está solicitando donaciones financieras para apoyar a refugios y comunidades rurales de las regiones sur, oeste y centro de la isla. Estamos trabjando con Aqua Mira y Goal Zero para proveer sistemas de purificación de agua y sistemas portátiles de energía solar con inversores y baterías para proporcionar apoyo esencial a las comunidades rurales que más se han visto afectadas y que se prevé que no tengan energía durante 4-6 meses.

Específicamente, hemos coordinado la donación de un vuelo privado a Puerto Rico y estamos coordinando con colegas en Puerto Rico - para que los sistemas de purificación de agua sean pequeños y los sistemas de tratamiento de 2500 galones por día estén en los lugares donde sea más necesitados. Además, estamos organizando para la energía solar de pequeña escala y sistemas de comunicaciones satelitales.

A diferencia de las donaciones a organizaciones nacionales que pueden tardar meses en comenzar a distribuir fondos, su apoyo a nosotros tendrá un impacto inmediato y sustancial en Puerto Rico, ya que estamos coordinando con socios y comunidades sobre en Puerto Rico.

Aquí una lista de algunos de los equipos a comprar:

1) Small community scale (2500 gallons per day)  http://www.aquamira.com/product/divvy-250-emergency-water-system/    

2) Several neighbors (120 gallons per filter)  http://www.aquamira.com/product/waterbasics-60-gallon-water-storage-kit-with-filter/    ($200)

3) Individual/ family scale ($25) Sawyer Mini Filter

4) Communications - Iridium Satellite Hotspots

Juntos, podemos ayudar a restaurar Puerto Rico de vuelta al lugar que todos conocemos y amamos.

¡Apreciamos cualquier ayuda que usted pueda proporcionar!
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We are still working !!! Help us with one of our next projects -- helping MAM (an organization supporting Moms through childbirth) to always have ready access to clean water by installing a rainwater harvesting system with carbon filtration and UV light treatment -- they provide health and assistance with childbirth) See more here http://mujeresayudandomadres.com

We also have finished up a project helping a farm in Ponce with setting up a walk-in refrigeration system (to protect and store their produce) (Photo 1 & 3) and we have finally completed and are now testing our prototype for mobile refrigerated storage -- run completely off of solar panels and battery storage for farms in Puerto Rico (Photo 2) !!
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We completed another farm with off-grid solar, rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation -- Siembra Vida in Rincon whose team does job training for those recovering from addiction -- thanks to the generous donations that made this possible. If you have the means -- please continue to help us support more farms and vital community kitchens!! Next we want to help farms in food insecure Vieques and in Orocovis in the mountains -- which was hit bad by Hurricane Maria.
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Off-grid walk-in refrigeration system completed for a farm in Aibonito -- Siembra Tres Vidas. This farm has Rainwater harvesting, off-grid refrigeration and energy and will serve as a resilience hub for the community in future hurricanes and disasters!
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Thanks to all for the assistance!! We continue to stretch the dollars and your support to help others.

Help us help Siembra Vida!

Siembra Vida is a small farm near Stella in Rincon that focuses on job training in agriculture to persons with past drug addictions as well as University and other students. Food that is produced helps to supply a food truck on site as well as feed the hungry in poor communities in Puerto Rico. It is run by Josiah (an engineer by training but who found his calling with this project) and his wife Dayhanna… find out more about their impressive efforts here... https://vimeo.com/121422123

Ridge to Reefs has selected Siembra Vidas as a Hub of Resilience as they combine supporting the local community with agroecology, job training, and healthy food. They also have over 3000 gallons of storage of rainwater and an advanced water filtration system to help supply drinking to those in need after Hurricanes and water shortages.

RTR has helped Siembra Vidas with expanding their rainwater collection system, water filtration/ UV treatment using solar power, a drip irrigation system and advice on production methods. We hope to be able to provide them with a solar power and battery system so their operation can be completely off the grid and also support them with appropriate technology for increasing sustainable production.

What’s needed?
Charge controller $600
Inverter $500
4 AGM Batteries12v 200+ AH @$500 each $2000
Wires and cables $200
Jang Seeder $500
Greens Harvester $550

Support if you can -- every little bit helps -- "Alone we can do a little -- together we can do a lot!
View from where the solar array will be located
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Raised by 1,069 people in 10 months
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