Moca is a city of 40,000 located in northwest Puerto Rico. Adjuntas is a small mountainside town of 19,000 located in located in central-midwest Puerto Rico. The scale of destruction caused by Hurricane Maria to these communities is massive. Recovery and reconstruction are slow and difficult. Over 120 days after Maria made landfall there are some areas that have mostly returned to “normal”, but the majority of the island’s residents remain with sporadic or no electricity and difficulty receiving medical treatment. Food, fuel and clean water remain a constant concern. The latest estimates are calling for a multi-year recovery. Watch the videos below to get a sense of the destruction around Puerto Rico.
The latest estimates are calling for a multi-year recovery.
Rican Structing is a New England based effort to aid the cities of Moca and Adjuntas Puerto Rico, as they rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Funds raised will be used to purchase community-sized water filtration systems and portable solar generator systems (see below for more information) that are desperately needed. SEAREI (Seacoast Renewable Energy Initiative) a 501(c)3 non-profit is the lead agency coordinating the Rican Structing efforts. SEAREI is collaborating with community leaders in Moca & Adjuntas Puerto Rico, Visible Good, Inc. and many other individuals and organizations.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation through SEAREI to help the residents of Moca, Puerto Rico. Any amount is appreciated and will help, but if you want to maximize your impact consider fully funding a solar generator system or Life Straw water purification system. Scroll down to learn more about these systems and the total cost to get them to the people that need them most.
SEAREI working in collaboration with Visible Good, Inc. will send the citizens of Moca & Adjuntas Puerto Rico Rapid Deployment Module (RDM) shelters, Community Life Straw Water Filtration Systems. The generators are portable 30, 90 & 330-watt systems, which can power electronics, fans and small dorm-sized refrigerators and more. The water filtration systems will be stationed at schools, churches, municipal buildings, and hospitals so that people can fill clean jugs with filtered, bacteria-free water. The RDM Shelters are small modular buildings designed to provide safe, insulated, securable, semi-permanent shelter in disaster-stricken areas. They are comprised of just 40-odd pieces that can be shipped and assembled quickly and easily without the use of special tools or skilled labor.
Cost to purchase, administer and deliver each individual system:
Months after hurricane Maria, most Moca residents suffer from:
The future of Puerto Rico depends on more than simply mending what Maria destroyed. Bloomberg followed an ad-hoc crew of volunteers into the hardest hit areas to help those still in need of urgent medical care. Video by Matt Goldman, Kalim Armstrong, Thomas Dexter. Fun fact: Kalim is the son of one of the founding members of SEAREI, Melinda Salazar. Great work Kalim for spreading the word about what is happening in Puerto Rico!