The proposal submission phase to request funds for Unidos por Puerto Rico ends

United for Puerto Rico informs that it will no longer accept grant proposals after April 30, 2018. As of April 19, the Board of Directors of Untied for Puerto Rico has awarded $25.8 million to 133 NGOs for 145 initiatives that address relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and María. There

Enabling sustainable fishing and the livelihood of 20 fishermen in Naguabo

For 23 years, Carlos Velázquez lived off the sea, mostly diving for lobster and conch off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria changed that for him and 26 other  members of the Villa Pesquera of Naguabo, one of the largest producers in Puerto Rico in an industry that is small and that over

Three NGOS provide a lifeline to small businesses

In the weeks following Maria, with no power, no telecommunication services and no reliable water in Puerto Rico, one of the bleakest projections in the media was that 4 out of 10 businesses would never reopen their doors. “As we were designing the model for distributing aid soon after United for Puerto Rico was created

Healing through stories

When Hurricane María destroyed all possibility of hosting the Festival de la Palabra in early October, a gathering featuring Hispanic writers with events for the public and at schools, Mayra Santos-Febres, the creator of the festival and an author herself, was distraught. Months of work had seemingly been blown away. Yet, not long after the

Hogar Ruth: Safe Once Again for Women and Children

Photo: Courtesy of Primera Hora. Photographer: Luis Alcalá del Olmo Hurricane María tore down the security fence of Hogar Ruth and left 35 women and children who had sought refuge in the emergency shelter exposed to potential attackers. “Safety is vital for the women and children we shelter because their physical and emotional health is

Roof repair in Caimito and Playita

United for Puerto Rico granted nearly half of the $200,000 investment made by Global Communities, Partners for Good, to repair 200 roofs in Caimito and Playita. Eleven volunteers from Global Communities evaluated 252 homes in both communities for structural damage. Among the homes screened, 51 were headed by single women with children, 66 were elderly

Unidos por Puerto Rico: A record in grants and donations

Unidos por Puerto Rico grew out of the pressing need to face the devastation caused by two hurricanes in one month. Hurricanes Irma and María caused catastrophic damages in Puerto Rico not seen in nearly 100 years. Since the 20th of September, when Hurricane María left a trail of destruction in its wake in all

The Academy of Medical Directors of Puerto Rico organizes a health clinic in Arroyo

The Academy of Medical Directors of Puerto Rico held a health clinic in Arroyo’s Barrio Yaurel, which included physical and mental services, thanks to a grant from United for Puerto Rico. More than 100 people benefitted from this activity which also included checking for glucose levels and blood pressure.  Nearly three quarters of those attending,

Doctors from Tampa organize fundraising campaign for United for Puerto Rico

Compassion and a need to act marked the feelings that overcame members of the Society of Latin Doctors of Tampa Bay once Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico.  In the wake of the hurricane, the Society experienced a surge in membership as young doctors from Puerto Rico established their practice in the area.  These new members