If you are a surfer or a traveler there is a good chance you have visited the island of Puerto Rico and experienced its amazing waves, natural beauty and culture. Or, you may have friends or family there, or hope to visit someday. The roots of Puerto Rico run deep.
The island was all but leveled by Hurricane Maria, leaving a population of nearly four million Americans without power or access to basic necessities, including clean drinking water. Bottled water is scarce in most areas and families have no option but to collect water from contaminated sources.
Responding to the massive devastation brought on by the three recent hurricanes that pummeled the Caribbean, the non-profit organization Waves for Water had teams on the islands from the onset, battling horrific conditions to deliver water purification systems to families in need. Leading the Caribbean Hurricane Relief Initiative is W4W founder Jon Rose, along with Fritz Pierre Louis (W4W Haiti Country Director), Rob McQueen (W4W Field Operations Director), Clean Water Corps member Chris Hudson, and regionally based colleagues Ben Bourgeois, Jimmy Wilson, Dylan Graves and Otto Flores, providing unmatched local knowledge and logistic support. Providing additional community support is legendary Puerto Rican break dance artist and Red Bull athlete known as “Crazy Legs” from the renowned Rock Steady Crew.
As of mid-October, over 2,000 water filters have been delivered by Waves for Water and targeted to the hardest hit areas in Puerto Rico with a goal of providing safe drinking water to approximately 200,000 people. Additional filters are being shipped every five to seven days. One filter provides up to five years of daily use for 100 people per filter, purifying one million gallons of water. Their goal is to provide safe drinking water to every family in need.
The amazing impact being made by Wave for Water inspired us to create the ‘Clean Water for Families Puerto Rico’ fund. The goal of this fund is to raise $5,000 to contribute 100 filters to the recovery effort in Puerto Rico. These filters will serve 10,000 people for up to five years, providing 100 million gallons of clean drinking water.
To date, we have raised over $1,000 in donations (20% of our goal). This will fund the distribution of filters to meet the needs of approximately 2,000 people per day. Our deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who has contributed to this effort. But we still have a long way to go. Working together, we can help the families of Puerto Rico rebuild their lives without the worry of waterborne sickness and disease.
Please consider contributing what you can. You can choose a dollar amount listed or write in an amount you feel comfortable with. No amount is too small to make a difference.
Below is the link below to our fundraiser page. You will see a button to donate at the side or bottom of the page (depending on laptop or mobile).
Any questions, please reach out via our Contact Page.
Thank you in advance for your kindness, generosity and support.
Chris Shultz & Juan Ayala
Visit the Waves for water website: http://www.wavesforwater.org/
Learn about Waves for Water and founder Jon Rose: https://vimeo.com/206162165
Learn about the filters: https://vimeo.com/229862596
Latest W4W Caribbean Relief update: http://mailchi.mp/698e637b3971/waves-for-water-chri-field-update-1?e=bbde6d6fde
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