Posted on October 18, 2017
Good morning friends,
Today marks four weeks since Hurricane Maria hit and devastated the island of Puerto Rico. It has been a grueling and slow recovery process thus far and the road ahead is long, but your help, Puerto Rico will be better than ever.
We are so amazed by the outpouring of donations and generosity of all of you. Every single dollar counts and will be put to good use, so thank you for trusting us to do the right thing. If you have considered donating but haven't yet, we urge you to give what you can. Help is still needed and will be for a long time.
We've raised 67k in donations so far, with another 25k committed in corporate donations. In addition, our Google Ads team is hosting an event in our name to raise additional funds within the next few weeks. With ConsumersAdvocate.org's donation matching this brings us to over $184,000!
Now, for an update to address what we know of the current state of Puerto Rico as well as where funds donated through this charity have gone and will be going.
First, the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, by the numbers:
More than 80 percent: The portion of the island’s electric grid that is not functioning.
28 percent: The share of Puerto Rican residents who lack running water.
72 percent: The share of residents who have running water and thus are subject to the health department recommendation that people boil or disinfect their water before drinking it.
100 percent: The share who are in one of the two previous categories.
40 percent: The share of residents who lack a cellphone signal.
20, out of 51: The number of sewage-treatment plants not functioning.
5, out of 18: The number of toxic-waste sites that have not been inspected by the Environmental Protection Agency since the hurricane.
Close to half: The portion of hospitals without electricity.
48: The official death toll, although health experts believe — and media reports suggest — the real number to be much higher.
Next, where your donation money has gone and what the plans for the future are:
Already put to work: we sent 30k to Bruce Clark and the Trinity Church in Dorado. The need for aid is desperate right now. Trinity has used the 30k from us to reach hundreds and hundreds of households - providing food, water, medicine, diapers etc. They are helping people survive right now. Last weekend: a caravan of 7 cars--4 vans and 3 4x4s went into the mountains of Puerto Rico-- to the area surrounding Utuado. The 4x4s were loaded up with supplies to get to the really difficult spots. About 190 family units fed for 4-6 days (see the photos and videos section of the page)
Up next: With the remaining $150,000+ we are working with teams and organizations in and around Dorado to develop a plan for how we will help families rebuild and reshape their lives on the island. We will keep you all posted with additional progress as communications and power are restored on the island, and the rebuilding process can begin.