PRxPR Relief & Rebuild Fund

PRxPR Relief & Rebuild Fund

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PRxPR – RELIEF & REBUILD FUND  – a private, non-partisan, no overhead fund, was purposefully created to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of two deeply devastating and unprecedented hurricanes.

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Update #7

5 months ago

PRxPR Bulletin # 15

Down On The Ground Through the Pandemic

A picture paints a thousand words. This is why we want to share some images of our most recent initiatives. They tell the story of what is really happening down on the ground – at the community level – and how your generous donations are indeed impacting the lives of many Puerto Ricans on a daily basis.

Since March 2020, when the pandemic kicked off, PRxPR made the strategic decision to concentrate on the problem of food insecurity Island-wide. We committed to distributing our grants to sectors and communities where we could make a direct impact on those who were not receiving government aid or had limited capacity to be fed and safe, especially during the Covid months. Working closely with community leaders and NGO partners, PRxPR has leveraged our national agricultural sector and its need to rebuild to feed the most vulnerable of populations: elders and children. We have creatively designed grant programs that are sourcing local crops, creating farming jobs, growing the agro-economy all while putting food on the table of many families who need the support. And we have done this Island wide:

- In the island municipality of Vieques, PRxPR is providing daily hot meals for the 60 needy children of the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Over 10,900 meals have been served. In most cases, these Club meals represent the most nutritious meal these kids will have all day. In addition, we are distributing monthly grocery bags to 30 families.

- In the northern region of Manati, PRxPR is delivering 200 cases of locally farmed fruits and vegetables to elders and bedded residents who are extremely disadvantaged and live way below the poverty line. Each 25 lbs case contains fresh agro ecologically grown product from a collective of small country farmers in the mountainous region of Adjuntas who are working hard to rebuild their capacity and their farms post-hurricane and earthquake disasters. To date, more than 60,000 lbs of food have been distributed to more than 10 disadvantaged communities. We are grateful to Fundación Unidos Para Servir (FUPSER) for supporting us in these efforts.

- In the central region of Aibonito, working closely with community-based organization Enlace Agricola, PRxPR has kicked off a similar food delivery program. Natively grown produce is sourced from 10-15 agro-ecological small farmers and distributed directly to the senior center Centro de Envejecientes del Campito (CEC) and Casa Pensamiento de la Mujer, an organization specializing in supporting victims of domestic abuse. Every week, 400 lbs of healthy vegetables and fruits are donated. This initiative impacts 150+ elders at the Centro de Envejecientes and 50+ women, men, and members of the LGBTTQ+ communities experiencing the challenges of domestic violence.

Running all these programs has been increasingly difficult given the limitations of the Covid Pandemic as imposed in all of us. But working closely and resiliently with our partners down on the ground and strictly following the required safety and health protocols, we have persisted. Early this year we distributed 100,000+ masks to over a dozen disadvantaged communities across Puerto Rico. We are grateful to Supermercados Econo for their generous donation which made this possible.

The situations that we see down on the ground tell us there is an ongoing, critical need for help on our Island. The elders that we support tell us how federal and government aid is not always getting to those in most need – or not getting to them fast enough. The children that we are helping feed represent the 58% of children that live in poverty. The families we encounter represent the 22% of adults who have reported skipping meals or eating less because they cannot afford food during these times. Down on the ground, the situation is still difficult. Down on the ground, the needs are real.

PRxPR is committed to continuing this mission but we cannot do it without the help of friends like you. Please consider a donation today. If you have already donated, we thank you. And we ask you to give again. Down on the ground they need us.

Thanks for your support,

Carmen Baez
PRxPR Founder

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WHAT:  PRxPR RELIEF & REBUILD FUND – a private, non-partisan, no overhead fund, was purposefully created to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of two deeply devastating and unprecedented hurricanes. Committed to investing 100% of donations amongst the most critically affected communities, the Fund’s short and long-term humanitarian goals focus on food/agriculture, clean water and fuel/renewable energy initiatives. 

WHY PRxPR:  As the only NO-OVERHEAD hurricane relief and rebuild fund, PRxPR invests 100% of donations amongst the most critically affected communities. Every dollar you donate goes to work.  Aid impacts short and long-term humanitarian needs Island-wide.  

WHO:  The partners and leaders of PRxPR are highly respected, Puerto Rican born and raised senior business professionals who bring diverse and extensive US and international experience in key areas of operations, legal, financial, technology, government and marketing:

Carmen Baez (Former President, Latin America – Omnicom Group)

Maria Celeste Arraras (Emmy Award Journalist/Author – Telemundo NBCU)

Francisco J. Cerezo (Partner /US Head of Latin America Corporate – DLA Piper, LLP)

Marilu Medina (Senior Counsel – Fortune 500 Company / Former Partner O’Neill & Borges, LLC)

Jorge Silva Puras (Former Chief of Staff to the Governor of Puerto Rico)

This leadership team is enhanced by a team of top practitioners who operate within a culture that focuses on efficiency, speed to market, innovation, and accountability. 

HOW:  All monies raised by PRxPR Fund are being disbursed based on criteria determined by official expert authorities on the ground and their vetted needs assessment. We work closely with trusted local organizations to ensure that we provide relief to those that need it the most, in a way that has maximum impact on the neediest communities in the Island. PRxPR was organized in partnership with the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, a 501(c)(3) corporation. As such, all donations to the PRxPR are fully tax deductible and can be made by visiting: PRxPR.org.

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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #9

PRxPR Bulletin # 15

Down On The Ground Through the Pandemic

A picture paints a thousand words. This is why we want to share some images of our most recent initiatives. They tell the story of what is really happening down on the ground – at the community level – and how your generous donations are indeed impacting the lives of many Puerto Ricans on a daily basis.

Since March 2020, when the pandemic kicked off, PRxPR made the strategic decision to concentrate on the problem of food insecurity Island-wide. We committed to distributing our grants to sectors and communities where we could make a direct impact on those who were not receiving government aid or had limited capacity to be fed and safe, especially during the Covid months. Working closely with community leaders and NGO partners, PRxPR has leveraged our national agricultural sector and its need to rebuild to feed the most vulnerable of populations: elders and children. We have creatively designed grant programs that are sourcing local crops, creating farming jobs, growing the agro-economy all while putting food on the table of many families who need the support. And we have done this Island wide:

- In the island municipality of Vieques, PRxPR is providing daily hot meals for the 60 needy children of the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Over 10,900 meals have been served. In most cases, these Club meals represent the most nutritious meal these kids will have all day. In addition, we are distributing monthly grocery bags to 30 families.

- In the northern region of Manati, PRxPR is delivering 200 cases of locally farmed fruits and vegetables to elders and bedded residents who are extremely disadvantaged and live way below the poverty line. Each 25 lbs case contains fresh agro ecologically grown product from a collective of small country farmers in the mountainous region of Adjuntas who are working hard to rebuild their capacity and their farms post-hurricane and earthquake disasters. To date, more than 60,000 lbs of food have been distributed to more than 10 disadvantaged communities. We are grateful to Fundación Unidos Para Servir (FUPSER) for supporting us in these efforts.

- In the central region of Aibonito, working closely with community-based organization Enlace Agricola, PRxPR has kicked off a similar food delivery program. Natively grown produce is sourced from 10-15 agro-ecological small farmers and distributed directly to the senior center Centro de Envejecientes del Campito (CEC) and Casa Pensamiento de la Mujer, an organization specializing in supporting victims of domestic abuse. Every week, 400 lbs of healthy vegetables and fruits are donated. This initiative impacts 150+ elders at the Centro de Envejecientes and 50+ women, men, and members of the LGBTTQ+ communities experiencing the challenges of domestic violence.

Running all these programs has been increasingly difficult given the limitations of the Covid Pandemic as imposed in all of us. But working closely and resiliently with our partners down on the ground and strictly following the required safety and health protocols, we have persisted. Early this year we distributed 100,000+ masks to over a dozen disadvantaged communities across Puerto Rico. We are grateful to Supermercados Econo for their generous donation which made this possible.

The situations that we see down on the ground tell us there is an ongoing, critical need for help on our Island. The elders that we support tell us how federal and government aid is not always getting to those in most need – or not getting to them fast enough. The children that we are helping feed represent the 58% of children that live in poverty. The families we encounter represent the 22% of adults who have reported skipping meals or eating less because they cannot afford food during these times. Down on the ground, the situation is still difficult. Down on the ground, the needs are real.

PRxPR is committed to continuing this mission but we cannot do it without the help of friends like you. Please consider a donation today. If you have already donated, we thank you. And we ask you to give again. Down on the ground they need us.

Thanks for your support,

Carmen Baez
PRxPR Founder

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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #8

Your PRxPR Funds at Work:
Commitment and Resilience
Bulletin #14 – December 2020

The holiday season is the perfect time for reflection and action. As this most complicated 2020 comes to an end, PRxPR would like to thank you for supporting our communities as they have survived this year’s earthquakes, an anemic economy, stalled reconstruction efforts, and now the Covid19 pandemic. What a year.

YOUR DONATIONS AT WORK:
On January 7, Puerto Rico experienced a historic 6.4 earthquake and thousands of smaller aftershocks which devastated the southwestern part of the Island. PRxPR delivered over $100,000 in immediate relief supplies including blankets, solar lamps, portable showers, baby food and diapers, tents, sleeping bags, cots, and essential necessity/ first aid items. Working closely with our partners at NGO Mano A Mano, this aid was delivered in the towns of Penuelas, Guayanilla, Yauco, Utuado, Adjuntas, Guanica, San German, and Juana Diaz and Ponce.

FOOD INSECURITY & HUNGER:
In early March, as Covid19 lockdowns commenced, PRxPR made the decision to focus on food insecurity – an overwhelming problem seriously amplified by the pandemic.

For the last 10 months, we have been buying food and locally grown produce, delivering hot meals, and sponsoring community kitchens across the Islands of Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra. We purchase fresh fruit and vegetable products from small agroecological farmers in the mountains of Adjuntas. These goods are then packaged in 25-30 lbs food boxes which are delivered to bedridden elders and senior citizens in disadvantaged communities in Manati. To date, we have delivered over 2,400 food boxes and more than 72,000 pounds of healthy, fresh produce to over 200 households in need. With your help, we plan to continue this program in 2021, as food insecurity is unfortunately increasing.

Thanks to your generosity, PRxPR has been providing daily hot meals to the 60+ children of the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques along with monthly grocery bags for their families. With the tourism economy so seriously impacted, the need for nutritional aid is imperative and growing.

On the Island of Culebra, working closely with our community partner Mujeres de Islas, we have been sponsoring the transportation and distribution of donated food boxes to 650 local families. Simultaneously, PRxPR is funding a full-time agronomist who is now working with residents to develop, plant, and grow vegetable home gardens in pursuit of self-sufficiency and an improved quality diet.

With your support, PRxPR has been sponsoring the operations of ACUTAS – Asociacion de Comunidades Unidas Tomando Accion Solidaria in Toa Baja. This terrific community organization has been operating three community kitchens that feed over 400 elder citizens every week. Under strict Covid19 safety protocols, ACUTAS also runs children after school and adult continuing education programs.

MORE TO DO:
These are but a few of our 2020 PRxPR Initiatives. Progress has been made. But the list of challenges grows. And so does our commitment and resolve to keep helping our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.

You have given a hand to Puerto Ricans at their time of need and we are grateful to you for making all this possible. Like you, over 3,000 friends of PRxPR have entrusted us to deliver their contributions directly to those in most need. In 2021, we will continue to do just that. And with the kindness and compassion of friends like you, we are confident in a brighter 2021.

Happy Holidays and a safe and healthy New Year to you and yours.

Gracias.

Carmen Báez
PRxPR.org

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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #7

Friends,

Today we marked the third anniversary of that historic day when Hurricane Maria ravaged our homeland and devastated our country’s lands, homes, livelihoods, and people.

There has been some healing in our beloved Puerto Rico but that journey to recovery has been extraordinarily difficult. January earthquakes, the Covid19 pandemic, and an active summer hurricane season have stretched resources and tested the resilience of the good people of Puerto Rico in unimaginable ways. However, your support and generous contributions to PRxPR have enabled a resolve and has helped to mobilize hundreds of volunteers. PRxPR has distributed nearly $1.5MM of necessary aid to dozens of communities in need through the Island.

In the past three years, PRxPR has done exactly what we set out to do:
-- Provide emergency disaster relief,
-- Help rebuild our homeland
-- Distribute 100% of donate funds - incurring no overhead costs and never engaging with government bureaucracies.

Together we have been consistent, disciplined, efficient and effective in impacting lives and communities that truly needed a hand up. But the challenges persist. A few stories from recent discussions I’ve had lend light to the reality ‘on the ground’:

One of the small agro-farmers we support in the Adjuntas mountains told me he must replant five acres of plantain trees his farm lost in a July 74 MPH tropical storm---just as the crops were about to be picked. The fortitude and muscle are there to start again but restarting requires unplanned investment. The limited federal and state aid must be now focused on the Covid19 pandemic, so our small farmers are on their own.

On the island of Culebra, tourism revenue -- the mainstay of their income -- is non-existent. Covid19 has shut it down. Lines to pick up donated food boxes at the headquarters of our community partners start at 4:30AM. 600+ families are critically dependent on those deliveries. With no visitors allowed or even able to access the island, a collapsed economy, and the severe restrictions required to control the pandemic, food security is a serious concern.

In the communities of Manati, PRxPR is distributing natively grown produce boxes along with protective masks to over 100 senior and disabled citizens’ households. The wait list for our aid is growing every day. We just cannot keep up with the numbers.

Island wide, over 25,000 homes are still covered with blue tarps, rural communities are fighting Covid19 with little to no resources and too many are still struggling to meet basic needs and replace their essential commodities. My conversations with those on the Island are difficult and heart-wrenching. And yet hope and a fighting persistence remain.

Therefore, PRxPR endures and continues committed to help.

Today, we want to thank you. PRxPR is grateful for your kind and generous support these past three years. Puerto Rico is surviving thanks to the fortitude of the people and friends like you who have been instrumental in the path to recovery. You have cared.

We hope you stick with us. We understand especially today there are many disasters and global threats that deserve your donations and support. But we hope you can keep Puerto Rico and our good people in your heart and keep supporting PRxPR in any way you can.

Gracias,
PRxPR Team
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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #6

Friends,

It’s hard to believe. We were hit. One more time.

Tropical Storm Isaias just hit Puerto Rico bringing stronger winds, much more water, and much more damage than anyone expected. Twenty-four hours after the storm passed, there were still over 400,000 customers without electrical power and over 200,000 people without potable water. Preliminary estimates to infrastructure, housing and commercial sectors exceed more than $250MM. Once again, Puerto Ricans must respond with resilience and fortitude to Mother Nature’s power.

Even as our agricultural sector was just recuperating from Hurricane Maria, floods, mudslides and storm level winds destroyed hundreds of farms. Hardest hit were small farmers who cultivated plantains, bananas, and coffee. It is estimated that millions of plantain trees have been demolished. Coffee bushes, just ready to produce their first crops after three years of tender care, are now lost for good. This has been a terrible blow to our farmers.

At PRxPR we have always been committed to providing disaster aid to those most affected while helping communities to resiliently rebuild. Today is no exception. As we continue our Covid-19 related food security initiatives, small farmers who provide much of the needed food, need relief grants to start again.

Your support has always been instrumental to PRxPR and we are always grateful for your generosity to the people of Puerto Rico. If you would like to continue to support our work, please consider our PRxPR Fund. We are the only NO OVERHEAD RELIEF FUND operating on the Island. 100% of your donations go DIRECTLY to communities, families, elders and children in need. And uniquely, we do not work, deal, engage nor participate in any government programs – strictly NO GOVERNMENT engagement of any kind.

Please help us help by donating at https://www.fundly.com/prxpr.

Thank you,

Carmen Báez
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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #4

Friends, COVID19 has attacked Puerto Ricans more severely than in many other places in the world.

After more than 8 weeks of a required shutdown, the virus has ravaged Puerto Rico’s economy which was already in a critical state. Thousands of Puerto Ricans have lost their jobs and the means to make a living and feed their families. In a country where the “official” poverty rate is 43%, this blow has been catastrophic.

To exacerbate this, on May 2nd, Puerto Rico was hit again by another destructive natural disaster – a 5.5 earthquake. This disaster caused additional damage to an already devastated infrastructure which has been pounded by two historic hurricanes (Irma and Maria), a January 2020 6.4 earthquake, and a record number of aftershocks.

At PRxPR we have always been committed to providing rescue aid to those most affected while helping communities to resiliently rebuild. The urgency now is to provide immediate RELIEF.

Effective immediately, PRxPR is directing 100% of donations to provide FOOD to COVID19 and earthquake victims directly. Our focus is to provide meals, groceries, clean water, food and essential relief items to the most vulnerable populations – with our priorities being elders and children.

Finally, a reminder that PRxPR is the only NO OVERHEAD RELIEF FUND operating in the Island. 100% of your donations go DIRECTLY to communities in need. And uniquely, we do not work, deal, engage nor participate in any government programs – strictly NO GOVERNMENT engagement of any kind. You have been most generous supporting Puerto Rico in the past and we are most grateful for it. But it has never been more important for us to count on your generosity. Please help us help by donating at https://www.fundly.com/prxpr.

Thank you,

Carmen Báez

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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #2

Friends,

A few days ago, the unthinkable happened. Puerto Rico was hit again by a devastating natural disaster on May 2nd, A 5.5 earthquake. Adding catastrophic results to the 6.4 earthquake on Jan 7th that left thousands homeless, damaged critical infrastructure and again has paralyzed a country which had barely recovered from the historic hurricane just 2 years ago.

As of this writing, more than half of the island is without power and over 300,000 citizens are without water. In the southwest region, people are sleeping in parking lots and shelters are filling to capacity. All 500+ public schools on the island are closed as they are not confirmed to be structurally safe. Many towns have been devastated by the event.

At PRxPR we remain committed to providing immediate relief aid to those most affected from natural disasters, while helping communities to resiliently rebuild.

Effective immediately, PRxPR is directing 100% of donations to help the earthquake victims directly. Our focus will be to provide water, food and essential relief items to the most vulnerable populations: our elderly and children.

You have been most generous supporting Puerto Rico in the past and we are most grateful for it. If you would like to join us again in this new effort, you can do so by donating at https://www.fundly.com/prxpr.

Thank you for helping us help the people of Puerto Rico.

Carmen Báez
PRxPR
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PRxPR .Org posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #1

Friends,
 
A few days ago, the unthinkable happened. Puerto Rico was again hit by a devastating natural disaster. The 6.4 earthquake on Jan 7th left thousands homeless, damaged critical infrastructure and again has paralyzed a country which had barely recovered from the historic hurricane just 2 years ago. 
 
As of this writing, more than half of the island is without power and over 300,000 citizens are without water. In the southwest region, people are sleeping in parking lots and shelters are filling to capacity.  All 500+ public schools on the island are closed as they are not confirmed to be structurally safe. Many towns have been devastated by the event. 
 
At PRxPR we remain committed to providing immediate relief aid to those most affected from natural disasters, while helping communities to resiliently rebuild. 

Effective immediately, PRxPR is directing 100% of donations to help the earthquake victims directly. Our focus will be to provide water, food and essential relief items to the most vulnerable populations: our elderly and children.
 
You have been most generous supporting Puerto Rico in the past and we are most grateful for it.  If you would like to join us again in this new effort, you can do so by donating at https://www.fundly.com/prxpr.

Thank you for helping us help the people of Puerto Rico. 
 
Carmen Báez
PRxPR
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