Hurricanes Irma and Maria had a devastating impact in all aspects of Puerto Rican existence, which continue to be painfully present to this day. In the first days after the storm, we created the Para la Naturaleza Community Fund* in order to fund relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts in our neighboring communities, assist sustainable agriculture projects harmed by the storm and jumpstart reforestation and habitat restoration across the island. Since then, teams of Para la Naturaleza staff and volunteers have distributed thousands of cases of food, water and supplies to over 30 communities across the Island, in addition to helping clear roads, remove debris and restore damaged structures.
Likewise, thanks to our supporters, we have already committed $250,000 to channel financial assistance to 100 local ecological farmers that suffered serious losses due to the hurricanes. Our teams are devising new educational programming to foster the rebuilding of more resilient communities, such as workshops on developing neighborhood orchards, compost making and installation of water filtration systems, among others; and are in the advanced design stages of a massive reforestation and habitat restoration plan that will impact all of Puerto Rico.
The path to create a sustainable Puerto Rico entails a long-term commitment to our communities and ecosystems, and Para la Naturaleza stands as ready as ever to take on the challenge. Our goal is clear, but securing additional financial resources is critical to our success. Therefore, this #GivingTuesday, we urge you to show your love for Puerto Rico by donating to the Para la Naturaleza Community Fund. Your contribution will directly support the recovery of communities in need, as well as that of the vital natural resources that are essential to our future.
We genuinely appreciate your help and support.
Fernando Lloveras San Miguel, Esq.
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*As a certified 501(c)(3), all donations to the Fund are tax-deductible, and 100% of the donations will go to the areas of need we have identified.