On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. More than 2 months after the disaster, rural populations remain without power. Elderly, disabled, and at-risk youth are particularly vulnerable in the aftermath. The limited light provided by candles & lanterns increases trips & falls where medical access is extremely limited. Lack of refrigeration prevents access to life-dependent medications such as Insulin and other meds.
COH will be providing Solar Generators for electrical power to restore lighting, cooking, recharging, communications, refrigeration of fresh foods, infant milk and medications (insulin, antibiotics, immunizations, etc).
This project will establish urgently needed weather-proof, reliable solar power solutions to "turn on the lights" as part of our "Power Up P.R." campaign "#enciendelaluzenpr". This includes providing continuous power to keep lights, communications, refrigerators, TV's & essential medical devices (i.e. CPAP, Oxygen Concentrators, Drip IV's, etc.) operating. Includes battery storage for multiple daily recharging of phones, communications and laptops to the hardest hit rural areas of Puerto Rico.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Goal Zero and COH Shine the Sun on Puerto Rico