My apologies for not checking in earlier providing updates… I’ve been busy and then… well, life happens!
My family and I are all well. Water returned just about 6-7 weeks ago. Once in a while, we lose water, but it returns in a couple of hours or days.
We have power but continue to experience electrical outages, sometimes a few hours, sometimes a few times a day and sometimes like yesterday we had a couple of hrs during daytime and lost it again into the night at 12:02 a.m. and as of this posting, we still have no power. We are luckier than others; some 3-1/2 miles away, friends, as well as whole neighborhoods, have not had power since Maria. Meanwhile, the rest of the town around them has water and power. Another case, my brother in Cidra (on the opposite side of the island, about 30 mins from San Juan) has water but NO POWER since the hurricane. He recently learned that they might get power restored as early as June! 🤯 Running a generator is still expensive for those lucky enough to own one, those that don’t…well, need I say more? My Heartbreaks. These are a couple of stories that I know and have experienced. The government here reported there still is over 40% of the population without either of these or both; two vital elements that make life livable and in many cases, both sustain life. I don’t trust the government when they give their progress reports. Some of the people in the mountains have yet to receive a visit from FEMA regardless of the reports. 😥
Anyway, I’ve been busy!! Once I was satisfied with the condition of my house, dressed my house; celebrated Thanksgiving without water and power and Christmas with water but no power, and sometimes babysat my grandniece Mia – a joy to have around…she makes my days brighter! It was time for me to give back to Puerto Rico, my adopted home for the last six years.
In between all this, I decided that I would volunteer my services to something very dear to my heart: bringing sustainable water to areas where clean, healthy water was scarce if not non-existent. I joined ‘Water Filters for Puerto Rico.’ We install water filters in various areas all over the island. We have also supplied and trained partnered groups, such as ‘The Añasco Expendables,’ Veteran Disaster Relief’ and many others to install and educate the recipients when they make their way to the various sites and towns bringing their aid. We are grateful for their help and continued participation in this vital quest to bring drinkable and life-saving water to the people of Puerto Rico.
I invite you to check out our website: ‘waterfiltersforpr.com’ and check out the various testimonials and the other groups that have since partnered with us. It combines the best of the human desire to help and make sacrifices for total strangers it is fulfilling and lifesaving. If you are wondering what you can do too, you may wish to donate. It’s not too late…we still have a long way to go, and we need your help.
Every $$ donated goes to purchase water filters and helps us ensure that people here in Puerto Rico have their first essential need met: to have clean, bacteria free, life sustainable water to drink and cook with.
Most of you know me and know that I would not ask anything of you except prayers, but now I ask you to look into your hearts and think about donating to this most worthy cause to save people’s lives.
I Thank You.
May God’s blessings and peace be with you always. 🇺🇸♥️🇵🇷💧 💦
🙏🏻Prayers help too🙏🏻
Thank you, Alida we are so blessed to have you on our team!