Puerto Rico Site Visit 2019

In Blog by Brother's Brother Foundation

On Sunday May 19th, the Brother’s Brother Staff landed in Puerto Rico to assess progress on our multiple projects around the island. During the following days, we met with our partners to evaluate how our donations and projects were being implemented.
On Sunday May 19th, the Brother’s Brother Staff landed in Puerto Rico to assess progress on our multiple projects around the island. During the following days, we met with our partners to evaluate how our donations and projects were being implemented.

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What We Did

The team met Samuel Sierra, the manager and SVP of Drogueria Betances, a pharmacy based in the city of Caguas. Samuel took the team to see two school reconstruction projects that are being funded through BBF’s Puerto Rico humanitarian response. The first of these was Republica de Costa Rica Vocational School in Caguas. While interacting with the students, the staff saw first-hand the impact of donations on the quality of the school. The second visit was to Margarita Rivera deJaner in Gurabo, Puerto Rico where we will be funding the construction of two playgrounds designed for special needs students.

Following this, BBF traveled to visit Agustin Stahl High School where we saw substantial improvements to two buildings on the site, including a building that was deemed too dangerous to enter during the staff's August 2018 visit. Another main building with major damage to the roof was still in the same condition awaiting funding for rehabilitation from FEMA. This building has been designated as a historical site and as such, is bound by certain restrictions as to any renovations.

Moving forward, our staff met with the Ponce Medical Foundation (PMF) staff, which has been assisting BBF in the distribution of medical equipment and installation of solar panels at outlying clinics and hospitals. Dr. Laura Domenech from PMF accompanied our team on a tour of a vaccine clinic in Ponce and the CDT Jayuya- a clinic in the mountainous central part of the island. There, our team was able to see the effects of our solar equipment donation, as the facility was vastly improved since the BBF’s last visit in August.

The morning of Thursday the 23rd was spent in Loiza, where BBF staff were met by representatives of the municipality, including the mayor of the town. Following this visit, a member of the Loiza Municipality staff took us to visit an HIV/AIDS clinic they are hoping to have funded with solar backups.
The team met Samuel Sierra, the manager and SVP of Drogueria Betances, a pharmacy based in the city of Caguas. Samuel took the team to see two school reconstruction projects that are being funded through BBF’s Puerto Rico humanitarian response. The first of these was Republica de Costa Rica Vocational School in Caguas. While interacting with the students, the staff saw first-hand the impact of donations on the quality of the school. The second visit was to Margarita Rivera deJaner in Gurabo, Puerto Rico where we will be funding the construction of two playgrounds designed for special needs students.

Following this, BBF traveled to visit Agustin Stahl High School where we saw substantial improvements to two buildings on the site, including a building that was deemed too dangerous to enter during the staff's August 2018 visit. Another main building with major damage to the roof was still in the same condition awaiting funding for rehabilitation from FEMA. This building has been designated as a historical site and as such, is bound by certain restrictions as to any renovations.

Moving forward, our staff met with the Ponce Medical Foundation (PMF) staff, which has been assisting BBF in the distribution of medical equipment and installation of solar panels at outlying clinics and hospitals. Dr. Laura Domenech from PMF accompanied our team on a tour of a vaccine clinic in Ponce and the CDT Jayuya- a clinic in the mountainous central part of the island. There, our team was able to see the effects of our solar equipment donation, as the facility was vastly improved since the BBF’s last visit in August.

The morning of Thursday the 23rd was spent in Loiza, where BBF staff were met by representatives of the municipality, including the mayor of the town. Following this visit, a member of the Loiza Municipality staff took us to visit an HIV/AIDS clinic they are hoping to have funded with solar backups.

The Outcomes

The process of powering Puerto Rico with sustainable energy from solar panels is ongoing. While some of our projects are still in the process of being completed, meeting with our partners allowed us to hear the needs of their community and plan our next actions accordingly. Now that two years have passed since Hurricane Maria, the island has transitioned towards needing more sustainable projects rather than humanitarian response and BBF will continually support the development of a resilient Puerto Rico.

Check out all the photos from the Brother's Brother Foundation Summer 2019 trip to Puerto Rico here.
The process of powering Puerto Rico with sustainable energy from solar panels is ongoing. While some of our projects are still in the process of being completed, meeting with our partners allowed us to hear the needs of their community and plan our next actions accordingly. Now that two years have passed since Hurricane Maria, the island has transitioned towards needing more sustainable projects rather than humanitarian response and BBF will continually support the development of a resilient Puerto Rico.

Check out all the photos from the Brother's Brother Foundation Summer 2019 trip to Puerto Rico here.