Disaster Relief Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria

Here is a report about District 7000 Disaster Relief Efforts during the past weeks. As you know, communication unstable connections does not allow to be connected in a regular basis. This is a summary about initial work of Clubs to provide humanitarian aid around the Island. Now, we are moving to a second phase in where Clubs going to present ideas about specific projects they can do in their communities in a mid and long term efforts. Now that  I have a better Internet connection I send you this report with some photos.

Thanks for your efforts to provide support to Puerto Rico. We still working to risen up our Island.

Jose Lucas Rodriguez
DG 2017-2018

Although assistance from the US and PR governments has been slow at times, progress has been made to the extent we have been able to activate all of our Rotary clubs in PR. As of today, only 13% of the population has electricity. Transportation within the Island remains challenging in many regions. Thus, the towns and areas where resources are needed the most still remain difficult to get to. This could be because of non-stop rains since hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico causing extended flooding, landslides, caved-in highways and/or collapsed bridges.Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria

Even under these circumstances and personal challenges some local rotarians are enduring due to hurricane Maria effects, Rotarian response has been impressive. Some clubs have aided with the distribution of items sent to District 7000 directly, after doing an assessment of needs in the areas where their clubs are located. Other clubs have assessed needs too but are distributing items their clubs have collected in Puerto Rico.

The following is a list of only some of the work that has been done so far. It is not exhaustive. Among Rotary Clubs we have established working teams to be more effective:

—Rotary Clubs such as Manati, El Vigia, Mayagüez, Humacao, Yauco, Quebradillas and Añasco delivered generators to patients with medical needs that require this sort of equipment. These generators were donated by District 6990.

—Rotary Clubs of Humacao, Guayama and Manati distributed food, clothing and other items that they directly raised to communities with most needs within their areas. Other Rotary Clubs that have developed their own initiatives to assist their nearby communities are the clubs of San Juan (water filters and solar lights distribution) and Rio Piedras (feeding the homeless).

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria-Rotary Club of El Vigia and Perla del Sur is distributing MREs to small towns in great need of food in the Ponce mountains.

—Rotary Clubs located in the Northwestern region of the Island, like Camuy-Hatillo, Moca, Quebradillas, Mayaguez, Añasco, Yauco have distributed food, cleaning supplies, diapers, personal hygiene items and more. These items were obtained through District 7000 efforts.

 

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria

—Rotary Clubs such as Guaynabo and others are currently assessing needs of barrios within their areas that are in great need and remain somewhat incommunicado.

—Rotary Club of Cidra has been very active raising and delivering varied supplies to their area.

—Rotary Clubs of Dorado, E-Club, Rio Piedras and Manati delivered drinking water and food in hard to reach communities in Corozal.

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria

—Rotary Club of Manati has been providing food to volunteers working at the military hospital located in their area

—Rotary Club of Fajardo has been providing food, drinking water, hygiene products and other essentials to women and their children residing in battered women shelters.

— Rotaract Club from PUCPR Arecibo provided drinking water and food to the townspeople of Lares. One of the towns that it’s very challenging to get there.

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria—Rotaract Metro Club distributed food to people in the towns of Corozal, Ciales, Morovis and Orocovis.

—District 7000 together with its Rotary Clubs of Yauco, El Vigia, San Juan, Perla del Sed with the Puerto Rico Department of State to distribute bottled water in hard to reach towns in dire need such as Adjuntas and nearby communities.

 

—Rotary Clubs of San German and Yauco worked on effective planning, transportation and logistics for delivery of meals, drinking water and other items to inaccessible nearby mountain towns.

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria

We are also working with other Rotary Clubs that have arrived to help, such as members of the RC of Inwood, NY, and corps of non-Rotarian volunteers that have come to provide assistance.

District 7000, is working with several Districts and Rotary clubs in the US and two in Canada raising in-kind and monies donations. Practically all the district has received has been in-kind support mainly of food and water, although we have also received water filters, cleaning supplies, diapers, medications, generators, chainsaws, clothing, generators. Locally, some Puerto Rico residents have also donated needed items directly to Rotary Clubs and have been distributed directly by them. District 7000 has received several promises of shipment of varied needed goods.

Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria

We are expanding into phase 2 of assistance: mid and long-term recovery projects. Those are, in no particular order:

—Project 1: providing solar lamps and alternative energy

—Project 2: providing and installing weatherproof tarps

—Project 3: making preliminary repairs to victims’ homes so families will be protected from the elements and pests until they are provided with a more permanent solution.

—Project 4: reforestation and seeds project

We will continue giving all necessary help to communities that need it as we have done and are doing in phase 1. The local government has estimated that at least 300,000 families have lost their homes. In some communities, 90% were destroyed.

Items currently needed:

—Mosquito repellent with DEET and mosquito nets.

—Solar lamps, preferably with an USB entry to charge cell phones

—Weatherproof tarps at least 20’ x 20’

—Wood panels and construction repair kits

—Generators. For Retirement homes, at home patients with specific needs, shelters, etc.

Ways to contribute to support our efforts:

DAF #614 – The Rotary Foundation

By check, credit card, wire transfer, or stock transfer. All contributions must go directly to the DAF account and be in U.S. dollars. Please see the detailed instructions on page 2. Only U.S. tax receipts can be issued. On all contributions, please be sure to reference the fund account name and account number.

 

 

-By Check or Electronic Transfer, use:

ORIENTAL BANK: routing# 221571415, account# 7922165229

 

Click Here–By Credit Card or PayPal 

 

District 7000 Disaster Relief team:

Jose Lucas Rodriguez

2017-2018 District Governor

Cell. (787) 632-1275

 

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Information on The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund (Donor Advised Fund)

Click here for information on the ways you may contribute to a Donor Advised Fund-  The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund.

The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund (DAF) account within The Rotary Foundation has been established to streamline the flow of contributions from Rotarians looking to assist hurri- cane victims.

Combined Relief DAF and Ways to Contribute

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Hurricane Harvey Relief – Request for Financial Support

As you know Hurricane Harvey made land fall in Texas and has left significant devastation. The amount of flooding has surpassed any recorded accounts. In the coming days, southern Louisiana will see even more flooding due to ongoing rains. The search and rescue for this disaster is underway and the relief efforts will begin soon. Clubs, districts, and individuals are asking the best way to assist the victims and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. The best way to address the biggest needs can best be met with monetary donations.

At this time, we can remind our districts and clubs of the outstanding record Rotary holds for being good shepherds of funds and donations. All contributions will be designated to victims and communities of the hurricane and its disastrous floods. As in all disasters of this magnitude, those wanting to help are asking where to send funds. Rotary District 6200 has a 501c3 Foundation that can receive disaster funds. The Rotary District 6200 Foundation was established prior to Hurricane Katrina and has proven to be an effective and transparent way to accept and distribute funds especially in disastrous events of this magnitude.

District 6200 DG Martha Collins and District 6200 Foundation Chair PDG Mike Collins have agreed to help Rotarians and likeminded benefactors with their donations toward hurricane victims. Mike and Martha are in the process of assembling a representative advisory board to determine use of funds. This board, to include Directors and representatives from Texas and Louisiana, will ensure that funds will be used in credible ways to assist those in the disaster areas including Texas and Louisiana. The proven method of disbursement of the funds used successfully following Hurricane Katrina will be employed by this board as well. The administrative costs will be minimal.

Make checks payable to The Rotary District 6200 Foundation with Hurricane Harvey Relief in the memo line. Please designate if you want these funds just for Texas, just for Louisiana or “all affected area.”

Send checks to:

Hurricane Relief
Rotary District 6200
2266 South College Road Ext., Suite C
Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
Below is an email from the Zone Disaster Chair of our adjacent Zone outlining the ongoing efforts in the Texas districts. We will keep you apprised of ongoing needs. Thank you for your financial and moral support to our colleagues in Texas.

Yours in Rotary Service

Greg Yank


Rotary International Director 2017-19
Cell: 618-567-7511
Fax: 618-632-1518
Email: greg@gregyank.com

rotaryzones29-30helps.org

“Zone 21b & 27 Rotary Governors, as you have heard in the news Hurricane Harvey has dealt a heavy blow to the Southern part of Texas the extent of which we have yet to learn – things like flooded homes, schools like Rockport and Aransas Pass being partially destroyed, businesses wiped out, etc. As your Zone Disaster Chairman I have gathered from the three main Rotary districts affected by the Hurricane information on where to send any monetary aid you can gather up from your clubs and fellow Rotarians to help those in need. I am also including the three names of the District Governors affected that will be getting requests from their areas’ clubs for help. This way our fellow Rotarians will make sure the money is spent in the best way possible in their area. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or one or more of the three District Governors. Please get the information sent to your districts clubs by Monday so the information can be given out to club members starting Monday.

  • Rotary District 5930 is partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund. Please make checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund (Fed tax # 27-3855943) and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 W. Nolana, McAllen, TX 78504.Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell 956-683-5706, bettylararotary@gmail.com , P O Box 3882, McAllen, TX 78502
  • Rotary District 5910 has a Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation and funds can be sent to: Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX 77706.Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Rhonda Herrington, cell 903-724-8515, rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com, 616 S Sycamore, Palestine, TX 75801.
  • Rotary District 5890 has a District 5890 Charities, Inc. and funds can be sent to: District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Bill Palko, cell 303-618-6859, home 713-450-2623, william.palko@amergybank.com, 202 Blue Castle Lane, Houston, TX 77015.

    A receipt for the donations over $250.00 should be sent to the donors for tax purposes and if requested for any amount.
    Thanks for your help,
    Hugh
    A Hugh Summers
    PDG D 5910, 2003-04
    Zone 21b & 27 & D 5910 Disaster Chairman
    P O Box 1399, 111 W Spring St.
    Palestine, TX 75802-1399
    C 903-724-5800, B & Fax 903-729-2128, H 903-729-5374

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World Polio Day at Center For Disease Control (US)

Robert A. Stuart, Jr. At Center for Disease Control
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Rotary International District 3292, Nepal-Bhutan Earthquake Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program

We are happy to share with you the Construction Completion Report of First Cluster/Village handed over to beneficiaries on March 19, 2016. Will appreciate to receive your feedback/comments, if any.

With best regards,
Yours in Rotary Service

(Rtn. Keshav Kunwar)
District Governor
RID 3292, Nepal-Bhutan

Click here for PDF Report:
Construction Completion Report of Majhigaun Model Village (Cluster), Sindupalchok District

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