Caribbean Hurricane Crisis Links & Funding Resources 2017

The following is a compilation of links circulating to funding drives and informational pieces regarding the current and on-going devastation in the Caribbean region.

(I have not vetted these beyond knowing and trusting their source, Caribbean scholars/activists and residents of the Caribbean who have recommended them; some entries may repeat; some entries need to be cut and pasted into your browser to be read.)

Sept. 29th: Information from PR Informa for those trying to leave the island temporarily until resources are restored: “Want to get your family out of Puerto Rico fast? They have 2 options: Share a chartered Jet with friends from the Isla Grande Airport to Miami, FL (expect to pay at least $500 p/p) or Go to the Dominican Republic via Ferries del Caribe ($119, passport needed) Each ferry holds 2,000 people, and from there they can get flights to the US or stay at a hotel/rent an apt. for little money.”

Reputable orgs helping in Puerto Rico, Dominica and all Caribbean islands hit by the hurricanes.
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-help-residents-puerto-rico-and-us-virgin-islands-recover-after-hurricane-maria
Added 10/8/17: HuffPost piece by Maritza Stanchich, UPR Professor & Journalist
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/in-aftermath-of-mar%C3%ADa-trump-vs-puerto-rico_us_59d694dbe4b0cf2548b3359d?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003#
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/can-help-hurricane-victims-puertorico/https://antiguaobserver.com/urgent-need-for-food-and-water-in-dominica/
For appeals to elected officials in the US for Puerto Rico, US Virgin
Islands, etc., you can use “ResistBot” to communicate with elected officials & it works – text 50409 and the bot will fax or email whatever message you want to your elected officials after checking for you who they are based on your address or zip code
Reputable PR Orgs and Volunteer Opportunities:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NQ1LZWqBmFN-F6sWzfjBTs_4Nem9v6Ud7eOf86q_ik8/mobilebasic

Will send shoes to any NGO anywhere for kids in need:

https://theshoethatgrows.org/  (If you have any trouble with the
website or need help with how it works call them at: 206.697.4417
(they are on the West Coast, Mountain time, available M-F, 9-5))

 

Petition: re Jones Act – PR (Jones Act has been lifted as of 9/28/17; continue to put pressures on officials to rescind)
https://www.change.org/p/department-of-homeland-security-waive-the-jones-act-for-all-cargo-at-ports-in-puerto-rico-to-aid-hurricane-maria-relief/nftexp/ex5/v4/5074330?recruiter=5074330&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_content=ex5%3Av4

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/puerto-rica-hurricane-irma-maria_us_59c7f699e4b06ddf45f89c7a?oxn

 

Re Dominica:
Remember Dominica: 90 to 95 percent destruction. 15 dead on day of
storm Almost a total loss. Give water, clothes, wood boards, tarps,
metal roofing, cash to WE ARE DOMNICAhttps://www.wearedominica.com/

 

https://www.gofundme.com/1000tarpsfordominica

 

9/30/17: added: Dominica –  http://www.dominicarelief.org/

 

Re self-care for anyone affected directly (or in related occurrences):
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/hurricane-afar.aspx

 

Other compilations/funding links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/americas/hurricane-maria-donate-charity.html

https://repeatingislands.com/2017/09/22/acacia-network-and-drop-off-locations-for-puerto-rico-relief-efforts/

https://sierra.secure.force.com/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=7010Z000001OkXcQAK&formcampaignid=7010Z000001OkOzQAK&utm_medium=web&utm_source=sierraclub&utm_campaign=giving

https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/current-affairs/where-donate-help-puerto-rico-disaster-relief-and-recovery-hurricanes

https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/centrovoices/current-affairs/where-donate-help-puerto-rico-disaster-relief-and-recovery-hurricanes

 

Updated, Sept. 29/17: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/newsletter/Puerto-Rico-Disaster-Relief.html

 

From Repeating Islands:
https://repeatingislands.com/2017/09/21/raul-russi-acacia-network-commits-1-million-for-puerto-rico-relief/?fb_action_ids=10155903716669574&fb_action_types=news.publishes

 

US Virgin Islands:
https://www.usvirecovery.org/

https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/cb4a3c78-5694-4324-bead-42c8ad94c1bf

 

Here is a detailed list of local SXM organizations and fundraising
pages to donate to to help St Maarten get back on its feet:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/hurricane-irma-contact-and-aid-sxm/fundraising-pages-so-far/672350462971170/

http://stormcarib.com/

 

St. Martin/St. Maarten:
https://www.gofundme.com/rescuesxm

http://7020.org/50041/Page/Show?ClassCode=Page&Slug=hurricane-irma-recovery-fund

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1js_8KoxJ8ITvMTrDV0vkUyfqJi8_hOmZITI8l2OP7Fo/htmlview

 

Barbuda:
https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-irma-rebuilding-barbuda

Feel free to add any other funding drives, sources, or links in the comments area.
Endorsed by Lin-Manuel Miranda/Added Oct. 1:
https://act.moveon.org/donate/hurricane-maria?t=1&akid=190714%2E34535823%2EKpvo0D
Added Oct. 8/Re Puerto Rico – the following are suggested by Maritza Stanchich, HuffPost Blogger/Journalist & Professor of English at UPR, Rio Piedras:
2. Sustainable Agriculture: https://www.visitrico.org/products/donate
(has an easy-to-use PayPal button to donate; one share/meal is $10.00)
LONGER DESCRIPTIONS:
1. This non-profit is connected with the reputable Center for a New Economy, with $768,000 raised as of Oct. 6. Their aims focus on immediate humanitarian needs; advocacy in San Juan and Washington, DC; and medium-to-long-term economic development:
2. To contribute to the recovery of Puerto Rico’s sustainable agriculture movement, this initiative is coordinating with several respected groups. I have been following this movement and going to the markets weekly since 2003, and think food sovereignty is one of the most important social movements in Puerto Rico today.
3. This long-standing local reputable organization is aiming efforts at reforestation and restoration of natural habitats in Puerto Rico: http://www.paralanaturaleza.org/centros/donate.html
4. This is probably among the most immediate ways your donation can help in Puerto Rico now: with community kitchens serving hot meals in communities hard-hit by the storm. Started in 2013 on the University of Puerto Rico campuses of Río Piedras and Cayey, and now based in Caguas, they have since expanded to include two organic gardens. The kitchens operate on the principles of bartering and self-starting initiative. To donate using Paypal, click “Hacer un donativo” at upper right.
5. This GoFundMe fund-raising campaign for the acclaimed Community Land Trust of the Caño Martin Peña communities has nearly reached its goal. Donations would directly help the nearly half of the 26,000 inhabitants in this informal neighborhood that suffered serious damage to their homes:
Note from Maritza re the above: “In general I recommend organizations that are more grass-roots oriented, without large bureaucracies. I have been familiar with the work of all these groups for years, and endorse their endeavors.”
Added Oct. 9/17:
Intercambion Puerto Rico
“They advocate for the social integration of marginalized groups, including drug users, the homeless and sex workers, with programs and events focused on services, education and research.” – very active and going post H. Maria

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