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Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home

by Puerto Rico Rises, Corp.
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Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 300 families in Puerto Rico a safe home

There are times in life, that one thinks that we have been a source to help a person in need. However, it turns out that that person you understand lacks basic things, ends up giving one much more than what one provides to them. Jackeline & Joey, a young couple from the town of Las Piedras located at the East of Puerto Rico, was performing daily errands, when they noticed that at the edge of the road, on a steep slope, a gentleman goes pushing an old shopping cart. Several of his belongings fall to the ground and they stop his car to help him. During their conversation, Don Julio tells them that he lives in a little house seriously affected by Hurricane Maria, which lacks electricity or drinking water. Surprised, they watched as Don Julio mount his belongings in the back of the pick-up and jumps in the back of it so that Jackeline and Joey give him a ride to his residence.

Upon arrival, they discover the deplorable conditions in which this old man lives day by day. While talking about his situation they realized that the very same day was Don Julio 80's birthday. As soon as we learned about this case in Puerto Rico, we proceeded to approve Don Julio to provide him with a Solar Shelter Kit, courtesy of Visible-Good while we made the necessary steps to raise funds and provide him with construction materials and to be able to build his house. 

Architecture students from Mexico, Diana, and Andrés from Travelers With a Cause did not hesitate to join the team and designed the plans for what would become the safe and dignified home that Don Julio deserved.

Orlando González, one of the leaders of Naguabo Somos Todos, immediately joined to take charge of the labor and logistics process necessary for the construction of the house. Brother's Brother foundation provided transportation from the US to Puerto Rico and also from our warehouse to Don Julio's property.  The foundations of the house, as well as the roof, have already been finished. We are in the phase of placing doors, windows and furnishing his new home.

This experience allowed us to know him better. An extremely hardworking, respectful, friendly man with a sense of humor worth emulating. Don Julio leaves a mark on everyone who had the honor of working hand in hand in this process of rebuilding his home. (Watch Don Julio video).

Thank you to all who contributed to making this possible and especially to you, donor, for your support of our programs and projects, giving us the strength to continue doing our part.

Remember, when driving stay alert on what you see on the road, it might be the gift on your journey.

Sara López, Foundress & CEO

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From the very same day that our organization was conceived, we were clear and we have been during these two years, that transparency should reign in all our executions.

All of our transactions are recorded in digital password-protected programs that preserve their integrity while at the same time protects the privacy and confidentiality of the participants' information.

Regularly we sent reports to our donors with data, photos, and statistics of where and how their donations were used.  By doing this, they are aware of the financial details of our operations. In addition, we keep our webpage and social media networks updated on our missions and projects.

Thanks to this transparency, our donors can support our missions and projects with the confidence that their donations are used in the way they expect or require.

We reaffirm our commitment to the transparency that always is and will be our north.

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While it is true that measuring in numbers the impacts that a nonprofit organization carries out to reflect its scope and effectiveness, I still prefer to do it by names, by smiles, by dreams, to being able to continue feeling empathy with their needs but at the same time being able to continue providing the energy required to help them lift and recovers is what confirms us that our roots are anchored in firm terrain. I could say that Don Tito was given almost $5k in construction materials, but I prefer to say that we bring him the hope that he will have his home back. That Kenny was given 500 blocks and 75 wood panels, but the reality is that what we really put in her hands was the opportunity to return with their children to a safe home, which only remained ruins from Hurricane Maria.

I will write in our report that we put into Vicente and Carmen's house reconstruction over 3 months of hard work, hundreds of hours from more than 55 volunteers, but what we really did was to move out of their misery an elder couple that was living for 10 months in an 8 x 8 space filled with rats covered in mold, to a totally new humble house filled this time with laughter, respect and dignity.

Your donations not only help to pay for the material, transportation, and labor, but you, as a donor and supporter to this project, are helping the people in need right now, but also future generations to have a better quality of life and that is what is going to be your legacy.


Thank you for your support and donations, but mostly, thanks for sharing your heart and generosity with all these wonderful people and for trusting in us as the channel to make it possible.


Sara López
Foundress & CEO
Puerto Rico Rises



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On behalf of our Board of Directors, volunteers, and program participants, I would like to thank you for your generous donation which helped us to finished repairs in 32 houses.

Puerto Rico Rises received the important news that the necessary construction materials to rebuild an additional 200 houses has been awarded, which fills our hearts with hope.  This extend our program and bring us the opportunity to help many more families.  As of today, there are more than 52,000 families in Puerto Rico reported as still living in terrible conditions with no roof or away from home.

Enclosed you will find the map pointing to the homes aligned to be rebuilt.  We still need to raise the funds to cover the labor expenses. Approximate 91 people have returned to their home already, thanks to the efforts of our program 'Con Tus Manos' and the support from donors like you.

Also we have linked the video, In only 10 days, that resume every single mission and the impact our organization have done in hundreds of homes all over Puerto Rico, in a short period of time.  It is an eye opening recap of how much we can do with the support of our donors, the way to make you part of the whole journey, and the impact we are making.

Since the very beginning we have made it clear than transparency is key to build stronger relationships. We recognized that you, as a donor, have all the right to know how we manage your donations and the impact it made. We will keep you informed.

Blessings!

Sara Lopez

Foundress & CEO

Fixing Marlenes' Roof - Utuado
Fixing Marlenes' Roof - Utuado
Building foundation for a new home
Building foundation for a new home
All new windows and back wall Ruth house - Naguabo
All new windows and back wall Ruth house - Naguabo
More material been delivered
More material been delivered

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Puerto Rico Rises, Corp.

Location: Deltona, FL - USA
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Twitter: @puertoricorises
Project Leader:
Sara Lopez
Deltona, FL United States
$6,170 raised of $25,000 goal
 
85 donations
$18,830 to go
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