Hurricane Maria TASIS Dorado Teacher & Staff Relief Fund On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm of historic proportions, ripped through Puerto Rico only days after Hurricane Irma. Hurricanes Maria and Irma destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructure, took dozens of lives and put many others in peril. More than three weeks later, 85% of the 3.5 million Puerto Ricans on the island have no electricity and almost half have no running water. Our personnel must go on living and working without refrigeration, lights in their homes, fans to cool down at night, etc. Very few of our staff have potable water.
The TASIS Dorado Hurricane Teacher/Staff Relief Fund will help provide generators to personnel in order for them to feed their families, sleep soundly at night, and prepare classes after dark. The Fund will also help provide mattresses, bedding, small refrigerators, YETI coolers, and portable stoves, among other things. For example, Ms. Dulce, our school nurse, had the roof of her home torn off during Maria and lost nearly everything except clothing. Dulce, her husband, and four girls have not been able to return home. Several of our staff who live in Levittown, including Ms. Cynthia, 5th grade ELA teacher, experienced catastrophic flooding. Mr. José Luis, the groundskeeper on our maintenance staff, had his home entirely destroyed in the storm. Day to day, dozens of our teachers with small children are unable to refrigerate milk or food and have to wash all clothes by hand. (For privacy reasons, we are not showing pictures of our staff or their homes.)
TASIS Dorado was able to re-open for classes on October 10, for which we are grateful. Our incredible maintenance staff, teachers, and administrators—along with dozens of parent and student volunteers—worked long hours and many days in the heat and humidity (including on weekends and holidays!) to clear debris and prepare the classrooms.
Our teachers and staff are the heart of what we do and we are blessed with parents who truly care. We are facing weeks and possibly months without electricity on the island. We want to support our teacherswith power generators, small refrigerators, YETI-type coolers, dressers, containers, bed frames, mattresses, etc., so that they are able to continue providing a high-quality education for students and for the future of Puerto Rico.
To get a picture of the numbers, almost 80 teachers and staff have requested a generator. At about $2K each, that amounts to $160K. This does not include the cost of operating and maintaining the generator. An account has been established with Banco Popular for this Hurricane Relief Fund. Teachers and staff will fill out an application with supporting documentation and photos to apply for financial assistance. The fund will be administered by a committee overseen by Head of School, Tim Howard.
Our goal is $250K. The Stubbe Family Foundation has generously offered to seed fund the effort with a pledge up to $25,000 to match 10% of all funds raised. We welcome other individuals and companies to support this campaign with similar matching grant proposals!
We anticipate that some donors will prefer to write a check directly for the fund and not give through this portal. We have set up this donation site through YouCaring as a convenient way for donors to give. (YouCaring is very reputable and charges the lowest fees of websites of this type.) TASIS Dorado is a not-for-profit entity with tax-exempt status in Puerto Rico. Thank you very much for your support!