Category 4 Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico just days after it was already suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Irma. The people of Borikén (Puerto Rico) are now living through the largest natural disaster that the island has faced in nearly a century.
In the wake of the hurricane, nearly half of Puerto Ricans have been left without clean drinking water, 95% are without power, and 80% of crops were destroyed. Without clean drinking water, people will soon begin to get sick from dehydration and disease.
Given the growing number of requests from community members needing assistance, the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP) has decided to launch our own initiative to gather funds and resources for families that still need critical assistance during this early phase of recovery efforts.
Our people are strong and resilient but some are understandably getting desperate as local and federal government are still not sufficiently responding to the crisis. Message after message from local people and volunteers are affirmed by public officials including military personnel who state that assistance has not yet reached many communities especially those in the interior.
While these reports are paint a grim reality on the ground, there are many who are rising to the challenges locally and have already begun to reach community members in places where government assistance has up-to-now had little or no impact.
The UCTP's relief efforts will include procurement and distribution of critical resources being requested by community members themselves such as water purification products, insect repellent, mosquito nets, personal hygiene products, and solar chargers, etc., as well as emergency cash disbursements for families and our volunteers on the ground.
We will transfer funds to our community volunteers on the ground using services such as ATH Móvil, USPS Money Orders, etc. as well as use discount services for shipping.
You can assist us by taking action now! Our volunteers in Borikén are ready to hand out supplies to community in need. We just need YOU to help us.
Hahom kena seneko kakona (Thank you and abundant blessings)!
The UCTP is registered with 501(c)3 status.
Upon reaching our funding goal a full report of donation distributions will be posted at http://www.uctp.org