For a couple of weeks, we have been trying to track down a guy by the name of Jason Maddy. He’s hard to track! He’s in the town of Anasco with a team of veterans who have dedicated their time, money, and life to the relief effort. I have heard they are known as The Expendables. He and his team have done amazing work for the island. We have been eager to meet with Jason Maddy to share some of our water filters since he can access some of the hardest-hit areas of the island. We almost met in Utuado on Friday, but lack of cell service caused breakdown of communication, so we never met up. On Tuesday morning 10/24/17, my husband and I decided to track down the other team members in Anasco. Mission accomplished!!
We met The Expendables! They are a force to be reckoned with! Their military backgrounds provide them with the ability to organize, act, and affect numerous people while operating on a small scale with numerous dedicated volunteers from the States, Puerto Rico, and even other countries. It was amazing to be a part of the group- even if it was just for the morning.
When my husband approached “Chris” with our water filters, I could see Chris looking at him and quickly calculating the positives and negatives of what we had to offer. After a moment of silence, he looked at my husband and said, “Well, this is exactly what we’ve been waiting for!” He was psyched! He invited us to join the morning debrief. He asked my husband to present the water filters in the meeting. Chris said that the day’s operations would focus on delivering food and making bucket filters for their targeted communities. After the meeting, Chris said to me, “The filters are a God Send. This is going to allow me to go home to my wife and kids…cause this is sustainability.” I will always remember that moment. It made a big impression on me. It made me stop and realize that we are truly offering a sustainable solution to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Water Filters for PR is a sustainable solution.