CDRS has been distributing much needed emergency relief to needy American citizens in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in late September. Our team has provided high quality and very long-lasting water filters and solar lights to communities that have been cut off from these resources due to the overwhelming damage to essential infrastructure, as well as medical supplies, hygiene items, clothing and more. CDRS will continue distributions and rebuilding damaged communities.
The force of Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the infrastructure that provided water and power in Puerto Rico. It has been more than 6 months since Maria made landfall and there are still many residents who do not have access to these necessities. Due to the extensive damage to these systems, some areas are still expected to be without water and/or power for many more months. There have also been many setbacks in the form of continuing outages and breakages, further hampering recovery efforts.
Our focus has been to deliver as many high-quality and very long-lasting water filters and solar lights as possible to our fellow countrymen in need in Puerto Rico. We have also delivered items that are in very low supply, such as certain medications for specific conditions and hygiene items. Extra supplies are especially helpful to residents in the interior, mountainous regions of the island who are often neglected and have difficulty reaching the more developed coastal towns.
The water filters and solar lights we have distributed are very efficient and long-lasting. The filters can provide 100,000 gallons of clean drinking water, or enough for one person for over 5 lifetimes, or a family of 5 for more than a lifetime. The solar lights are highly durable, waterproof and can easily last for years. CDRS is working with local citizens in need to restore and rebuild damaged homes and community centers to ensure more structures are available to shelter displaced residents.