Yo Quiero Puerto Rico Relief Fund

$87,420 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 545 people in 13 months
Hurricane Maria has absolutely obliterated Puerto Rico.

The situation is not only dire in many areas, but is worsening with each passing day.  The nearly complete devastation of the power grid and communciation infrastructure has left peole in the dark and compromised the water supply.    

Since launching this campaign, we have been working to raise money to help meet the most urgent needs.  To date, we have distributed 1450 solar lanterns in collaboration with Watts of Love and many of our dear friends on the ground.  These people are the first responders and together we are doing what we can to help our neighbors that are in the dark and struggling to access drinking water.   

Our first withdrawal from the fund will be used to reimburse the purchase of the solar lanterns from Watts of Love a 501c3 non-profit.

We intend to expand these efforts by providing more solar lights and we are working to provide water filters.   These lights and filters are being distributed directly to the people of Rincón. 

My name is Leon Richter and I have lived in Rincón since 2001.  I have done extensive work in our community with the Surfrider Foundation and through these efforts have come to love the town, its coastline and its people.  I have both literally and figuratively planted roots in Rincón and feel compelled to help rebuild this special place.  

We hope you will continue to support our efforts.
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Thanks to your generous support, we successfully installed 4 Community Solar Hotspots. In the event of extended power outage, each hotspot will be open to the public to charge personal devices and will provide on-site solar powered refrigeration for medication. These locations will also serve as community meeting spots to help coordinate relief and aid.

This project was completed thanks not only to your financial support, but also in close collaboration with The Coastal Marine Resource Center’s “Solar Libre” initiative, and with the help of many volunteers including the hosts of each solar hotspot.

The 4 installations were preceded by a Solar Power Installation Workshop lead by Robert Wylie Hyde. Attendees then assisted in the ensuing installations.

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After weeks of effort, and thanks to the tireless work of Sarah Schuyler from AFYA, we were finally able to facilitate the delivery of medications, medical supplies and other necessities like diapers and baby formula to the Costa Salud clinic in Rincón. In addition to seeing patients at the clinic, Costa Salud has been setting up pop-up clinics in different barrios to provide care and distribute basic necessities.

AFYA is a non-profit that collects and delivers critically needed surplus medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions for acute and ongoing health crises worldwide.

Amazingly, politics are getting in the way of relief efforts in the name of “commerce.” But, as you can no doubt imagine, Costa Salud’s budget never contemplated a disaster of this scale or the need to run generators for months. The needs of the community are greater than the resources and so we will continue to do what we can to assist and we are lucky to have the generous and often times anonymous support of individuals and foundations.

We may be “an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water,” but thanks to so many, we are not alone. We can all do more. Please share these stories and share this page. Give more if you can. Together we can help rebuild Puerto Rico.
AFYA Foundation Delivers
Laura - always reliable and smiling
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Over 90% of Puerto Rico is still without power. Today we began to help illuminate the darkness with 1100 Solar Powered Lamps for Rincoeños thanks to your generous support. Water, light, food and medicine continue to be the highest priority needs and after many logistical setbacks, we are finally able to start delivering real and meaningful assistance. These lights were delivered by Watts of Love and are being distributed with the help of Dennis and Carol Ritch, Laura Marti Muñiz, Javier Gil, Mark Andrews and others. This first round of assistance only represents a portion of the money raised, but we are nonetheless going to increase our fundraising goal to increase our impact. We hope you will continue to support our efforts. Thank you.
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More than two weeks since Hurricane Maria hit and the recovery is only just beginning.

We are receiving more info from Rincón by phone, text and social media. At the same time, I have been participating in daily FEMA calls. What’s becoming increasingly apparent is that the relief efforts are well underway, but there is a long way to go. Interestingly, the issues highlighted on the FEMA calls match what we are hearing from the community about the obvious and the most essential needs: power, water, communications; but also the more specific needs like oxygen for hospitals and home care patients that have been identified by those on the ground. This means that the federal agencies understand what’s needed; but it is taking time to execute the relief efforts.

The relief efforts are far more advanced around San Juan and are only slowly making their way west. The Red Cross finally arrived and began to distribute supplies in Rincon. While gas lines remain long in Rincon, the lines are only 30 minutes in San Juan.

The transmission loop to the West Coast should be repaired within 7 to 10 days and then the distribution network will require repair locally. That’s progress, but Rincon will need to rely on generators for the foreseeable future.

The US Post Office has reopened but it’s unclear if new deliveries are getting in or if they are just distributing the mail that was already on site. FedEx has resumed operations in Puerto Rico, but not yet to Rincon. UPS is also not operating in Rincon.

It’s also increasingly apparent that there is a big communication gap between the federal agencies and the municipal government. We are trying to help bridge that gap so that the ample resources sitting at Aguadilla airport can be distributed in Rincon.

We are also working feverishly to purchase and deliver the most urgent needs for the Costa Salud Health Center.

There are many pressing needs and the rebuilding process will require a long and sustained effort.

You can continue to help by giving and/or by sharing.
Thank you for your support.
Red Cross in Rincon- More Help is Needed
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