Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, the island of Borikén (the indigenous name for Puerto Rico) recently suffered the effects of a series of earthquakes beginning in December 2019. The strongest one struck Jan. 7, 2020. Aftershocks continued to shake the island — some nearly as strong as the quake in January. The temblors knocked out power to much of the island, seriously damaging homes and buildings and leaving at least one person dead. The latest earthquake, a 5.5 magnitude, took place on May 2, 2020, in and around the town of Ponce in the southwest of the island.
The chaotic state of affairs that followed the 2017's Hurricane Maria storm has left many island residents wary of U.S. Federal and local government responses to provide adequate relief efforts. As a result, grass-roots - direct to community efforts - are welcomed by indigenous and local community members while the public is awaiting larger, governmental relief efforts to reach them.
In response, the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP) continues to engage in targeted relief efforts to assist persons in need. Following our relief efforts post-hurricane Maria, the UCTP has established a reliable, local network to get supplies to directly to community members. Our focus is to secure supplies that people on the ground are requesting such as solar lamps, mosquito nets, tents, personal hygiene products, insect repellents, school supplies, and other requested items. In addition, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCTP will also focus efforts on securing PPE, prioritizing elders, and frontline community members.
You can make a difference by supporting this grassroots effort with a contribution that will directly reach community members in need with items they feel are most useful.
Hahom (thank you) in advance for your solidarity at this time!