Puerto Rico Sustainable Disaster Relief Fund
Thanks to the generous contributions of friends, family and community members, Raíces Cultural Center has met it’s goal in Phase 1 of our Disaster Relief Support Initiative. In just over a year we were able to raise and facilitate over $30,000 in funds to help support grassroots recovery efforts on the island of Puerto Rico. Please see our update about this fundraiser to learn more about the projects, initiatives, organizations and families that Raíces was able to support thanks to your generous donations! Special thanks to the central NJ relief coalition Juntos Together for joining with us on our initiative to support sustainability and resiliency initiatives on the island and dedicating a portion of the funds they raised to projects and programs we identified.
Here is a little more information on what your generous donations have helped to support.
Here is a brief look into what we have accomplished so far thanks to the contributions of our supporters.
- Replaced/repaired roofs for 2 families, in Aguada and San Sebastian.
- Repaired and replaced the Agrabond cover for the high tunnel at Finca Mi Casa in Camuy.
- Distributed thousands of packets of non-GMO and organic seeds to farmers, schools, community gardens, home growers and organizations promoting and teaching agroecology and sustainable gardening methods.
- Distributed relief supplies including medicines, herbal remedies, solar lights, tools, water filters, organic teas and other requested items.
- Began documenting the work being done by grassroots, on-the-ground organizations, like Tainasoy Apiario, Casa Pueblo, Plenitud PR, Chakra Verde, and PR Resiliency Fund/Departamento de la Comida.
- Pledged support for two projects on the Tainasoy Apiario farm, a goat cage and a butterfly house which will be designed as part of the first Earthship project built in Puerto Rico. These projects will also serve as a basis for educational programs about sustainable living and ecology.
In addition, through our combined efforts with the Juntos Together Disaster Relief Coalition in Central NJ, led by José Montes, Director of the Puerto Rican Action Board, we have facilitated an additional $10,000+ in funds as grants to the following organizations and projects:
- Plenitud PR (Las Marías): Repair of greenhouse/high tunnel, tents
- Casa Pueblo (Adjuntas): First full solar home conversion in their #50conSol renewable energy initiative
- PR Resilience Fund: 2 rainwater collection systems for sustainable farmers
Check out more from our journeys, projects and partners on these resources:
- Raíces Digital Archive:
- Blog article updates on our Sustainable Disaster Relief Initiative for Puerto Rico
Thank you for every bit of help you have given, from your donations to sharing, to your words of encouragement, every bit helps.