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Jun 22, 2020

From the other side of a disaster

Groceries distributed to 35,000 families
Groceries distributed to 35,000 families

Dear supporters,

 Puerto Rico and the world have been shaken by the coronavirus pandemic that has exposed innumerable failures in health systems globally. However, it has also allowed us to see and feel the unquenchable commitment of tens of thousands of volunteers who have not stopped for a second trying to meet the needs of those affected.

Even Puerto Rico does not rise from Hurricane Maria when we are affected by dozens of earthquakes, the pandemic and a new hurricane season that is already beginning.

During 2020 Puerto Rico Rises has managed to continue with its missions obtaining the following impact:

 1. Over 35,000 people received groceries distributed at the island level. Currently,we began a new phase where we estimate to impact 35,000 more people.

 2. Camping tents, gas stoves, water filters, solar showers and bedding sets were distributed to assist those directly affected by the earthquakes.

3. Masks, gloves, and basic necessities were distributed to 3,000 people.

4. Construction materials were distributed to 100 families to rebuild their homes.

On a personal level, I suffered the loss of my home, my beloved dog Sade and all my belongings due to a fire that destroyed my home in a matter of 8 minutes. Live put me on the other side of the disaster. This time I was the one receiving the assistance, the support, and the love of all those volunteers.  This terrible situation allowed me to feel the immense relief that those in a situation like mine feel when someone showed up to help.

I can assure you that this experience has made my commitment even greater and more firm so that aid not only continues to come directly into the hands of those who need it but that it arrives faster. and more consistently.

Let's achieve that together!

Sara

Feb 10, 2020

Solar shelter kits - the new temporary home in PR

Dear donors,

Our shelter kits are providing an alternative to those that lose their properties during the recent earthquake in PR.  It is an excellent reliable and fast solution, mostly for those in need of some special care.  Among them, we are also providing camping tents, solar light, solar fans, and water filters.  There are approximately 7,000 people living on the streets.

We are working on a new plan with other companies looking forward to bring 15 more units.  This unit will be used by the family selected, while they are relocated or their house fixed.  Once that happened, the shelter kit will pass it forward to another family in need.

By the use of this model, we amplify the number of families benefiting by this kit, extending the impact of each of them.  At this moment from only 3 kits that we have on the ground, more than 55 people have been impacted.

Thank you for your support.

 

Sara Lopez

Jan 28, 2020

The satisfaction behind Pay It Forward

If helping your people in an emergency, seeing their smiles, feeling their hugs fills you with satisfaction, the feeling when you do it for a total stranger who lives thousands of miles from you, is incomparable.

The challenges to reach the Bahamas, permits, government clearance, logistics and the thousand and one questions that filled my head while coordinating this impact, were worth it. To know, that you could bring relief, hope and a clear and forceful "You're not alone" message is indescribable.

Puerto Rico is not yet recovered from Hurricane Maria, from overwhelming government instability and now, daily earthquakes that have our people living on the streets. However, when Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, we got up, joined and managed to cross 128 pallets full of supplies and commodities.

The combination of pride in the deeds of ours mixed with the eyes of hope and gratitude of those who received them is an experience that will take with me as a stimulus and guide to continue paying forward.

Do the test yourself and you will see the immense sense of achievement that floods your soul.

Thanks for your support. You, me and everyone, we did it.

 

Sara López

Foundress & CEO

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