Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home

by Puerto Rico Rises, Corp.
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Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home
Let's give 500 families in Puerto Rico a safe home

Dear supporters,

Our people in Puerto Rico are well known for saying present in disaster situations no matter the side of the world or magnitude of what happened. Throughout history we have been, usually among the first to arrive, to assist in earthquakes, attacks, hurricanes, tsunamis, and recently the covid.

The pandemic brought restrictions that no one in the world understood, conceived, or had not even experienced. Also, has brought an unprecedented rise in unemployment, the closure of businesses, schools, and affected the general mood or mental health of families globally.

However, alternatives were sought and the benefits offered by the internet, virtual meetings, and social networks were taken advantage of.

To us, this brought us the desire to find a way to continue helping our people without putting our volunteers, partner organizations or those we provide services to at risk.

For our part, we decided to contribute by taking home to home, in the neediest sectors food boxes that provide fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and meats to provide a balanced diet for the whole family.

Thanks to our alliances with over 140 organizations, we are reaching every corner of our Island and assisting thousands of families in dire need.

By taking the necessary security measures and respecting the protocol, we organize drive-thru always protecting those involves.

Despite the consistently stressed social distancing, we were able to make a massive impact, make them feel embraced and above all that no matter what or how we letting them know we will always find a way to be the first to arrive.

Thanks to all the donors who contributed to this massive distribution of food boxes that we will continue to carry out in the coming months.

No matter what there are always ways and means to make others feel that someone will support them.


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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

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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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Puerto Rico Rises, Corp.

Location: Loxahatchee, FL - USA
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Sara Lopez
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Loxahatchee, FL United States

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