A long time ago in a galaxy far far away!” I wish the story I have to tell was one from STAR WARS and simply offered a few hours of escape. Sadly, the destruction suffered in Puerto Rico is not a Hollywood fiction. It is one of destruction, desperation, and the struggle against despair and death. Our Facebook page Facebook.com/hopeaguavita shows much about the damage to Puerto Rico and our mission to help rebuild.
If you area able to help, then we have corporate sponsorships available for businesses to help with our San Lorenzo project, please contact me for information. For individuals we HOPE that you will be able to support our GoFundMe page at the link below. Every dollar will help in our efforts to help them rebuild.
In late November, about 60 days after hurricane Maria, our HOPE AGUA VITA team traveled to San Lorenzo, in Morovis Puerto Rico to assess the impact from Hurricane Maria first hand. The damage is catastrophic:
- The bridge across the river into San Lorenzo Barrio has been destroyed. A recent ABC television at article showed that at 100 days since Maria, crossing the river is still at the mercy of the rain.
- They run low on food, medicine, water and other basic necessities and lack the financial resources to begin to rebuild.
- The school had catastrophic damage to several buildings, limiting the number of classrooms that are operational; the school functioning without water, electricity or educational materials.
- Nearly 100% of their homes were damaged by the hurricane, with the majority having severe to catastrophic damage.
- After three months they now have intermittent drinking water, but not a reliable supply.
- They are still many months away from having electricity. This represents the longest blackout in United States history.
- Sadly, the most devastating damage may still be to come through illness and exposure to deadly moulds, and many other diseases that will continue until their communities are made safe again. Many will face illness and if they are very lucky they will not face a deadly epidemic.
On January 27th, our HOPE AGUA VITA team will return to San Lorenzo, to help rebuild the school and some of the homes in the community as well as trying to make this community safe to inhabit. We need your help in raising funds for all of the above. If you would like to participate as a team member please reach out to us. If you want to keep up to date our progress then please follow Facebook.com/hopeaguavita. Our website HOPEAGUAVITA.ca will launch soon.