Danza Orgánica dedicated the World Premiere of Melaza to the survivors of Hurricane Maria. All Hurricane funds went directly to the reliable organizations we identified below.
We raised $6,236 from which we will donate $1,000 per organization (see below). We hope that the $236 will cover any related fees so we can donate the entire amount per organization.
Fundraiser focussed on the most vulnerable communities likely to be severely affected and face the longest road to recovery. Low income communities and communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery, fewer resources, and are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies. Adrian Viajero Roman co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico has partnered with two local organizations in Puerto Rico, Nuestra Escuela and Taller Salud. Both focussing on the relief efforts of Loiza and other low income communities severely affected.
The 26,000 residents in the Caño Martín Peña communities live in a flooding-prone area in substandard housing. Many houses have been partly or completely destroyed during the hurricanes. Money is needed to help rebuild. The Champlain Housing Trust is acting as our fiscal agent, and will make sure that 100% of funds raised for relief will go to the residents through the G-8, the group of community organizations led by residents of the Caño Martín Peña communities. Money will be spent on buying construction materials and replacing furniture and white goods for those who have lost everything.
The Caño residents won last year's United Nations / BSHF World Habitat Award for their Community Land Trust -- joining the Champlain Housing Trust as a past award recipient.
From Agitarte: "On Wednesday, September 20th, Casa-Taller and the larger Santurce community, like many neighborhoods in the archipelago of Puerto Rico, were incredibly damaged by Hurricane Maria. We are launching this campaign to help bring Casa-Taller back to full capacity so we can again operate as a community hub and as a post-storm relief center for the Santurce community. Funds from this campaign will also go directly to supporting our neighbors in rebuilding. We call on our companerxs outside of Puerto Rico to help us collectively rebuild our community."
We promote healthy and sustainable livelihoods, by endorsing a model that is economically viable and oriented towards the preservation of the environment and the empowerment of the local people. They are also the host organization of Ecokit Duffle for Hurricane Maria survivors, an eco-friendly survival itemized list carefully selected for Puerto Ricos's resilience after Hurricane Maria.
On September 20, 2017, a Category-5 hurricane passed through the island of Puerto Rico. This event left millions of Puerto Ricans without electricity, water, or communication and thousands lost everything.
One of the most affected areas in the island was the town of Toa Baja. The town is known for its capability of flooding with just some heavy rains. During the hurricane, many parts of Toa Baja started to flood quickly because of the rain and the opening of the water dam. The dam was opened without the resident’s knowledge due to lack of maintenance on the alarm equipment used to warn the people.
Due to the floods, heavy rain, and powerful winds in Toa Baja two people drowned and the communities lost everything. Some of the residents lost their roofs, walls, or windows. Most of the communities were flooded and after the water went down, they are still left with streets covered in mud, countless debris, dead animals, zinc and other materials. Some of these communities are Villas del Sol, Valle Calma, Ingenio, among others.
The necessities observed and heard by the communities include drinkable water, food, clothes, hygiene products, tarps, construction materials to help rebuild and save what is left, articles for elderly people who are in bed or in need of them.
Community members have expressed a lack of response and action from the Government and the other entities designated to answer during this crisis. With your help, compassion, and solidarity, we can support these communities by mitigating the devastating results of this event and rebuilding what is left from within.
Please, donate using any of the mechanisms below. Your aid will help save lives, lessen suffering, and provide relief through compassion.