Reconstruye Q: Resiliency, Rebuilding Lives & Homes
We continue helping individuals and families living in the affected areas of Humacao, Toa Alta, Toa Abaja, Carolina, San Juan, Yabucoa, and Vieques. We have completed more than 18 homes during our Reconstruye Q project. We continue to assist LGBT folks in Puerto Rico; contact us via email or phone to learn how you can become involved!
Please consider participating as a local volunteer or donating in order to help us rebuild PR. We will host more humanitarian rebuild trips throughout 2019 and the early part of 2020.
Thanks to our volunteers from the US and the UK that made a total success our Reconstruye Q efforts held in 2018 and 2019.
Puerto Rico was affected by the worst hurricane in its history in September 2017; it entered through the southeast coast as a category 5 and exited the northwest coast as a category 4. The day after this catastrophic atmospheric event, community members outreached to us to work with them in order to help meet their needs. This included food, drinking water, tarps to cover their roofs, clothing, and toiletries essentials.
As of October 2019, we rebuilt, with the help of volunteers from the LGBT and Puerto Rican Diasporas, 18 homes across 8 municipalities. A total of 3,929 volunteer hours were provided by 134 individuals, impacting 18 families and 52 individuals ranging in age from 8 to 93 years old; 85% from the LGBT community. We have assisted more than 1,148 individuals, 46% from the LGBT community and 55% live alone.
We have been able to provide families, children, and individuals with food, water, water filters, and personal hygiene items; in sections of Humacao, Yabucoa, Arecibo, Río Grande, Caguas, Juncos, Vieques, Toa Baja, and many areas of San Juan metro, among them, Puerto Nuevo, Old San Juan, Rio Piedras, Caimito, and Santurce. In many instances, we have been the only ones visiting the areas, specifically the Humacao area of Candelero Abajo y Arriba and the Arecibo area of Miraflores, no federal nor local government entity had entered or provided assistance in these neighborhoods during the first four months, after the hurricane.
We give thanks to the many volunteers, supporters and sponsors of our efforts – #ReconstruyeQ – special gratitude to the members of the Puerto Rican and LGBT Diaspora from United States, Cuba, United Kingdom, New Zeland & Canada who donated goods, solar-based items, and/or funds to help our work.