Your donations will go directly to deliver hot meals, water, clothing, and other emergency needs to vulnerable communities and to help with recovery efforts.
How you can help?
Supply chainsaws, food and water, clothing, water filters, cleaning supplies, and shelter (from building materials to bedding) for communities near the El Yunque National Forest.
Emergency recovery aid for farmers near El Yunque, an initiative in collaboration with the Sierra Club of Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico’s Agricultural Extension Service. Part of this goal is to help residents and farmers develop more resilient strategies to overcome major natural disasters.
What are we doing?
We are partnering with the Sierra Club of Puerto Rico to deliver water, hot meals, water filters, solar lamps, clothing, and basic necessities to towns located on the east side of Puerto Rico and near El Yunque National Forest: Luquillo, Canóvanas, Ceiba, Fajardo, Juncos, Luquillo, Naguabo, Río Grande, Las Piedras and Humacao. Meals are prepared by local businesses and delivered in compostable containers.
Our focus is on the elderly, the sick, and the house-bound.
Once the emergency needs are met, we will work on the reforestation of El Yunque National Forest and assist in the recovery of local farms. We plan to promote emergency response facilities in the regional communities that will provide immediate relief to areas that have limited access to supplies and services. This initiative will help communities become more resilient in the event of more frequent and intense hurricanes.
Why we need you?
About 80% of the island has no electricity, 50% of the people have no drinking water, and thousands have lost their homes. Many communities are isolated because of bad road conditions.
According to the local government, the most recent number of deaths is 45, but several journalistic investigations suggest that the number could reach hundreds due to lack of access to health services. Most hospitals operate under extreme conditions and can’t provide full services. Some had to evacuate patients for lack of electricity, water, and other essential materials.
As government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and volunteers try to bring emergency aid to people without food and water, we face an increasing risk of a public health crisis because of contaminated water. A few cases of leptospirosis (a bacterial infection spread through animal urine) have already been reported. This crisis has a greater impact on vulnerable communities (the poor, the elderly, immigrants, pregnant women, children. and the sick).
The environmental impact is also significant. For example, some areas of the National Forest El Yunque will remain closed for years.
The damage is estimated to be between $40 billion and $80 billion. The Island was already in a precarious situation with high unemployment, low health indicators, environmental risks and a high public debt.
We, the Center for Landscape Conservation, are a non-profit organization incorporated in 2009 under the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico law. Our Center provides technical and organizational assistance in environmental and landscape conservation using participatory models to ensure community involvement. [More information]