Puerto Rico Funding: Ryder Hospital

In Projectsby Brother's Brother Foundation

Ryder Hospital is a 167-bed rural hospital located on the east coast of Puerto Rico, in the city of Humacao. It serves seven municipalities in the region. The hospital was founded in 1914 by the American Missionary Association, and in 1967 was incorporated as a community hospital. It serves approximately 15,000 patients per month with a staff of 90 physicians and 278 nurses. Since the hurricane, Ryder Hospital has been almost completely shut down, and staff have been suspended until renovations have been completed. The hospital is asking for 64 mattresses and five operating tables to be sent to them.

In the eight months following the hurricane, individuals living in the seven regions Ryder Hospital serves have had severely restricted access to healthcare due to the hospital’s closure. Additionally, most of the physicians and nurses employed by the hospital are unable to work.

BBF still has hurricane funds, and assisting Ryder Hospital would be addressing a critical need for a large population of the island.
Proposal: Fund reconstruction costs for Escuela Margarita Rivera, a special education school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

Request Amount: $45,000. BBF staff suggests funding $30,000 of this amount.

Background: During the January visit of Luke Hingson, Phil Jones, and Ron Alvarado to Puerto Rico, Drogueria Betances - one of BBF’s partners – conducted a tour of Escuela Margarita Rivera in the township of Gurabo. Following the site visit, Drogueria Betances sent a request to BBF for funding for the school.

BBF has previously funded the reconstruction efforts of two other schools in Puerto Rico – Agustin Stahl High School and Republica de Costa Rica Vocational School. BBF selected these previous schools through local partnerships with Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances.

Escuela Margarita Rivera was hit hard by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The buildings were heavily affected by damage, and as a result the classroom experience of children has been affected.

The school has a focus on special needs children. In addition, many of the students enrolled are affected by poverty - last year the school enrolled 397 students, 87% of whom were eligible for free or reduced lunch.

All previous Puerto Rican schools funded by BBF have been completing their reconstruction work on schedule.

BBF Cost: The school has requested $60,714 total. Of this amount, Raul Rodriguez, the head of both Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances, has offered to pay $15,000. BBF staff recommends paying $30,000 of the remaining $45,714. The funds would be used to fix the air conditioning units, to rebuild roofing, installation of a specialized playground, building of an indoor play area, and handy man services. Everything other than the indoor play area would be bought in Puerto Rico, which means the funds would further go towards boosting the local economy. The quote was received on February 19th (See attached budget here.)

Funding the school would bring BBF’s total hurricane money for 2017 to approximately $180,000.

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Proposal: Fund reconstruction costs for Escuela Margarita Rivera, a special education school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

Request Amount: $45,000. BBF staff suggests funding $30,000 of this amount.

Background: During the January visit of Luke Hingson, Phil Jones, and Ron Alvarado to Puerto Rico, Drogueria Betances - one of BBF’s partners – conducted a tour of Escuela Margarita Rivera in the township of Gurabo. Following the site visit, Drogueria Betances sent a request to BBF for funding for the school.

BBF has previously funded the reconstruction efforts of two other schools in Puerto Rico – Agustin Stahl High School and Republica de Costa Rica Vocational School. BBF selected these previous schools through local partnerships with Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances.

Escuela Margarita Rivera was hit hard by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The buildings were heavily affected by damage, and as a result the classroom experience of children has been affected.

The school has a focus on special needs children. In addition, many of the students enrolled are affected by poverty - last year the school enrolled 397 students, 87% of whom were eligible for free or reduced lunch.

All previous Puerto Rican schools funded by BBF have been completing their reconstruction work on schedule.

BBF Cost: The school has requested $60,714 total. Of this amount, Raul Rodriguez, the head of both Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances, has offered to pay $15,000. BBF staff recommends paying $30,000 of the remaining $45,714. The funds would be used to fix the air conditioning units, to rebuild roofing, installation of a specialized playground, building of an indoor play area, and handy man services. Everything other than the indoor play area would be bought in Puerto Rico, which means the funds would further go towards boosting the local economy. The quote was received on February 19th (See attached budget here.)

Funding the school would bring BBF’s total hurricane money for 2017 to approximately $180,000.
Ryder Hospital is a 167-bed rural hospital located on the east coast of Puerto Rico, in the city of Humacao. It serves seven municipalities in the region. The hospital was founded in 1914 by the American Missionary Association, and in 1967 was incorporated as a community hospital. It serves approximately 15,000 patients per month with a staff of 90 physicians and 278 nurses. Since the hurricane, Ryder Hospital has been almost completely shut down, and staff have been suspended until renovations have been completed. The hospital is asking for 64 mattresses and five operating tables to be sent to them.

In the eight months following the hurricane, individuals living in the seven regions Ryder Hospital serves have had severely restricted access to healthcare due to the hospital’s closure. Additionally, most of the physicians and nurses employed by the hospital are unable to work.

BBF still has hurricane funds, and assisting Ryder Hospital would be addressing a critical need for a large population of the island.

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Current Sidewalk Situation