¡Brilla Fuerte (Shine Bright) Puerto Rico!

For: The People of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Organizer: The OHorizons Foundation
$241,987
of $350,000 goal.
Raised by 81 donors
69% Complete

The Story

Puerto Rican families are still in dire need of relief...
Approx. 1.2 million people are still without power
(12/7/17)
Approx. 335 thousand people still don't have access to safe drinking water
(12/7/17)

In the rural and underserved communities we’re supporting, it’s estimated that they won’t get permanent public fixes to these basic human needs for another 6 - 12 months!  

Donate Now to provide hope and empowerment to these families with easy-to-use and long lasting solar lights and water filters.   

The videos and photos above show some of our relief recipients from distributions we've already done in: Rio Grande, Utuado, and Jayuya. Every dollar we raise goes to supporting Puerto Ricans trying to survive post-Maria. 

The humanitarian emergency in Puerto Rico strikes particularly close to our hearts at OHorizons. Our founder and senior project manager are Puerto Rican residents with extensive ties to the community. In this trying time, we're following their lead by turning our attention to helping our fellow citizens.

While San Juan and other large cities are receiving the majority of attention from other relief efforts, we are aiming to help people living across 34 rural, at risk, and underserved municipalities in Puerto Rico. We've already provide relief and hope to thousands of Puerto Ricans. 


Why We’re Different:
At OHorizons, we have the expertise to help solve the critical issues Puerto Rico faces. We specialize in providing simple, sustainable, scalable, and empowering solutions throughout the developing world. Building on our experience providing clean water solutions in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America, we are using our on-the-ground connections and resources to provide clean water access, off-grid energy and light, and solar refrigeration solutions to the Puerto Rican people - supporting rural and underserved communities that may not get permanent fixes to these daily necessities for another 6 - 12 months.


Because two of our team members are long-time Puerto Rico residents, we have a major advantage in our mission. We have deep roots, with connections to many prominent local individuals and businesses. We have access to heavy machinery, including forklifts, hydraulics, and even a helicopter – which federal agencies have recently borrowed for critical missions. We are using local drivers and a fleet of 500 bread trucks to deliver much-needed supplies. They know these communities and the people in them and we have the resources and networks to get supplies to them efficiently.


Our Empowering Solutions:
From our local connections in Puerto Rico, we have heard again and again that the resources needed most urgently are electricity, access to clean drinking water, and refrigeration. Accordingly, we are providing several solutions that meet these immediate needs. These include:

  • Small and portable inflatable solar lights.
  • Solar battery systems with three lights and USB charging (cell phones, etc) for families.
  • Membrane water filters that remove over 99.999% of bacteria and protozoa that cause water-borne illness.
  • Portable generators ideal for emergency situations.
  • Solar powered refrigeration to help ensure that hospitals are able to keep medicines and vaccines refrigerated without electricity, in addition to preserving food.

Because we are in constant contact with each municipality, we are customising the mix of these solutions to each community based on their needs.


How You Can Help:
Every dollar helps. The more money we raise, the more communities we can reach. As we continue to raise funds, we will keep our supporters informed regarding which communities have received relief and supplies. With your help we can reach all 34 of our targeted rural, at risk, underserved municipalities across Puerto Rico. 


Any donation amount is appreciated and no gift is too small. Here are some examples of what your donation can provide: 

  • $25 will provide access to clean water for 100 people, a cost of 25 cents per person
  • $50 will provide four shareable inflatable solar lights
  • $75 will provide a solar home lighting and charging system
  • $100 will provide water filtration and a solar home lighting and charging system
  • $300 will provide a portable generator for bed-ridden patients
  • $2500 will provide a hospital with emergency solar refrigeration for medicines and vaccines


We hope you will join us in supporting the people of Puerto Rico as we work with them to restore access to power and a brighter future. 


¡Brilla Fuerte Puerto Rico!
Shine Bright Puerto Rico!

Fundraiser Updates


Posted on November 28, 2017

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Posted on November 28, 2017

We’d like to give thousands more solar lights to families/kids like Joyce and need your financial support to do it.

Today is #GivingTuesday. Please tell your family and friends about our life changing work and let them know that today only if they donate on our Facebook page (Click the Donate Button under the Facebook cover image https://buff.ly/2Bk7EMQ) all funds we raise will be matched up to $50,000 (limit $1,000 per funder).

Let’s make Puerto Rico Shine Bright!    


Posted on November 19, 2017

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Posted on November 19, 2017

We installed a solar home system (lights and phone charging) for Gloria and her son today! She was the nicest lady and even brought us all juice! Her interview will definitely be on our social media in the near future.

Thanks for the hospitality and memories Gloria!

#ShineBrightPuertoRico  

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