Thank you to all the volunteers and donators helping to make it possible to give relief to the people of Puerto Rico! Please share our link and know that any amount is appreciated... every bit of help goes a long way.
O Monetary and physical donations are welcomed 100% going towards (SOLAR POWER/WATER FILTERING SYSTEMS) and the people.
O Flying out to Puerto Rico on a self funded flight to begin third round of Direct Delivery to people living in Puerto Rico not receiving any or very little help and are affected by the continuous power outages black out.
PAST AID DELIVERY IN NOVEMBER
O Received a charitable donation from LuminAID a solar power light company that supplied us with $3,000 worth of gently used solar lights within a short time frame since we just established contact two days before take off.
O Shipped 150 Ibs of water along with Sawyer water filters.
Since the return from the two relief trips I have been able to gain personal insight on what is needed and have assessed major key areas while observing and joining others who are volunteering. Project Restore Puerto Rico is now embarking on a third relief trip, with a key mission to bring DIRECT RELIEF to the people. Each trip is self-funded with 100% of donations going to the people.
I am in connection with multiple organizations here in the mainland as well as in Puerto Rico who have contributed to the fundraising efforts for purchasing relief aid.
On our last trip in November we obtained a charitable donation from Anna Stork, one of the founders of the company @LuminAID, providing solar power light to people and are constantly looking for ways to partner with resources that are out there.
Though I originally began my trip to the island because of my family living throughout the island, it has turned into a greater mission beyond my personal life. This mission, a grassroots community relief effort titled Project Restore Puerto Rico.
Without the community, none of this work would be possible. From the States to Puerto Rico and beyond, we remain humble, honored and blessed to have the capacity to help bring relief.
With every cell in my body and form of energy surrounding my soul... I sincerely thank you all for the support.
All my love,
Project Restore Puerto Rico
Grassroots Community Relief
O First Relief Trip Update:
(See updates on Facebook @ProjectRestorePR & Youcaring)
O Second Relief Trip Update: November 18th - November 26th, 2017
(See updates on Facebook @ProjectRestorePR & Youcaring)
My name is Nicole (Nicci). I am a resident living in Chicago, IL and a graduate student at Adler University, currently working on my Masters Degree in Counseling in Art Therapy. I have always been involved in community service and philanthropic/social efforts helping people and the youth since I was a child. Puerto Rico and the people of the island have always been in my heart and mind. I remember my first time finally going to visit my family at the age of 14 and falling in love with all of the beauty and life on our Isla. Fast forward to growing up I took a few of my own trips out to the island as an adult to connect with my roots and pay more respect to my history and culture. As beautiful as it is, I saw the side that many tourists don't see. As a person of the diaspora who has felt the effects of every social, spiritual, economical and political issue surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S., I never would have thought in my lifetime that I would experience the effects of this humanitarian crisis.
Puerto Rico is a sacred place where I first experienced what it is like to feel HOME and so I only know to take care of my home.
Having a spiritual connection to the Island and a deep love for our people, I only knew that someway, somehow I was going to help and not stand witness to the corruption and neglectful treatment of the people I love. Hurricane Maria ignited a spirit in many of us who have been compelled to help.
I began fundraising the night Hurricane Maria made landfall in Yabucoa, where my Grandparents were born. I wanted people to know that I was fundraising for Puerto Rico, I titled the YouCaring url... .
From then on everyday has been a natural progression of having the heart to keep helping by connecting with my community at home in Chicago and Puerto Rico. We are not giving up on the lives we are trying to save through these restorative efforts.
Evening of Hurricane Maria:
Hello, my name is Nicole (Nicci). I will be heading on October 14th to Puerto Rico to bring supplies and check on people within isolated/remote communities. This is an effort to collect donations as a community and ensure help and relief will get to places in Puerto Rico that have yet to receive help.
Any donation is appreciated!
I will be flying on my own dime/money from my job.
100% of donations made will be going to the people of Puerto Rico.
Funds will be distributed directly to supply people with water filters, dry food, water, water bottles, water purifiers tabs, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine products(tampons/pads), cleansing wipes, babyfood, batteries, solar power chargers, manual power flashlights, first aid kits, tarp, rope and other basic necessities.
The main goal: is to ensure that every contribution will reach communities NOT RECEIVING AID until more help arrives. There are a total of 78 municipalities and I will stop through as many as I am able to during my time there to check on people and relay updates to people here back in the United States. I also have family/friends in Yabucoa, Patillas, Ponce, Dorado, La Perla, & San Juan. I plan on checking in on as many people as I can, knowing that many of you still have not heard of your loved ones.
If you feel inclined, Please email [email protected] with your loved ones information below:
3. Full Name
I am one person, but I will do my very best to check on as many people as I can adding them to my list.
The TRUTH:Much of the aid from larger organizations have not made it out to many people living in remote areas throughout the Island and countless people are in desperate need.
We can make an effort together to ensure relief will get to them.
Thank you for trusting me with this philanthropic humanitarian effort to bring relief to our people and Restore Puerto Rico.
With all of my love!!!
#PuertoRicoSeLevanta #ProjectRestorePuertoRico #ParaLaGente #VivaPuertoRico #HumanityFirst