Early on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Hurricane Maria — a powerful Category 4 hurricane — made direct impact on Puerto Rico, bisecting the entire island and drenching it with feet of rain. What’s happened since has been truly catastrophic for Puerto Rico. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and numb in the face of such destruction. In fact, it’s a frustrating psychological tendency inside all of us: When the number of victims in a disaster rises, our compassion doesn’t always rise with it.
But, according to psychologist Paul Slovic, remember: “even partial solutions can save whole lives”. The 109 community strongly believe in that and is headed to Puerto Rico in April 2018. If we are able to fundraise and get the number needed to make this humanitarian trip happen, we will bring to communities on the Island solar power and rain water harvesting systems so families can have back their right of light, clean water and mental health.
The hurricanes left 1 million people without power on Puerto Rico. It’s been 3 months and there’s still little power on the island. There’s limited food, water and cell service, and dozens of remote villages have been completely cut off from everything. This trip will be about bringing solar power and rain water harvesting systems to at least some of the families so they can have back their right of light, clean water and mental health – “Even partial solutions can save whole lives”.
The journey will be 6 days long. The program starts on April 3rd at 5pm and ends on April 8th at 10 am. The trip arrangements and costs include:
- Airfare – You will be flying in to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) where pick-up and ground transportation will be provided
- Alcoholic beverages
CANCELLATION AND PAYMENT POLICY
- We collect a 20% deposit to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable or transferable. Participants can be refunded (minus the deposit) if participant cancels more than 30 days prior to the start date of the trip. After that, the payment cannot be refunded or transferred. If we don’t have 30 change-makers joining the trip we will refund the deposit 100%.
- Full payment is due February 3rd, 2018 to receive 15% early bird discount.
- If not an early bird, your full payment is due March 3rd, 2018.
With a stunning location on Puerto Rico’s picturesque southwestern coast, Copamarina is set on a palm tree-lined beach along the Atlantic coast and 4 km from the trees of Bosque Seco de Guanica.
Copamarina’s journey to recovery began immediately, as only minimal forestation was affected; They are blessed that all their infrastructure remained intact, and the roads leading up to Copamarina are perfectly clear and safe to travel.
The organization we are partnering with is located 50 minutes away from us and we will drive there everyday to build rain water harvesting systems to distribute to families in the community together with the solar lights we are able to get donated.
Through access to urban buildings & natural habitats, programming, sound meditations, speaker series & interactive content, The Assemblage community is armed with essential tools for igniting consciousness and collaboration.
They assemble to seek out the best of what is to help ignite the collective imagination of what might be. The Assemblage aim is to generate knowledge that expands the realm of the possible, helping members envision a collectively desired future and carry that vision forth into reality.
Plenitud PR is a non-profit educational farm and learning center that focuses on the research, demonstration, and dissemination of sustainable practices for today’s rural and urban environment.
They offer training and information on a wide variety of permaculture practices, including: agro-forestry; rain water harvesting; urban food production; animal husbandry; food processing and storage for value added products and food security.
Kerri Verna ⇒
Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl) believes that everyone has the power to change his or her life. She has made it her life’s mission to share that possibility with the world. With 1.1M followers on Instagram and Facebook, Kerri’s personal story of overcoming fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, & two herniated discs in her back has inspired people all over the world to believe they too can change their life. From handstand photos taken at sunrise on the beach to packed classes and workshop all over the world, Kerri is a powerful messenger of the power of believing.