As part of the efforts to promote resilience in communities around the island, Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR), through our Bottom Up Destination Recovery Initiative (Bottom Up) program, will deliver solar photovoltaic equipment to 11 non-profit organizations. The beneficiary entities are based in the regions that the Bottom Up has impacted over the past three years.
“The third sector has proven to be vital to the socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico. The organizations receiving this solar equipment will be prepared so that, in the future, an atmospheric event such as Hurricane Maria will not affect their operations, which we know are essential for the communities. With this delivery we are contributing to community resilience, one of the main focuses of the Bottom Up program,” said Annie Mayol, president and COO of FPR.
As a result of the work done by Bottom Up, these 11 organizations signed contracts to obtain solar equipment at our workspace, El Colaboratorio: Unidos para Servir in Manatí, Mi Pequeño Campeón de Jesús in Barceloneta, Centro de Ayuda Social Luz del Mundo in Fajardo, Centro Multidisciplinario Juan Martín in Luquillo, APRODEC in Ceiba, Comité de Desarrollo Social y Cultural de Daguao in Naguabo, Centro Geriátrico San Rafael in Arecibo, Club de Leones and Boys & Girls Club in Isabela, Acres in San Germán and the Antigua Guardia Nacional in San Germán.
“Our program seeks to strengthen communities to stimulate their recovery and assist with the necessary infrastructure for their development. To see the results of so many months of work materialize today with the delivery of this equipment fills us with honor. These organizations will now have the necessary infrastructure so that their services to the community will not be interrupted due to lack of electricity,” said Christian López, Bottom Up project manager, who oversaw the Aguadilla & Isabela, Barceloneta & Manatí, and Fajardo & Luquillo regions.
These organizations were selected through a research process of the different public entities and nonprofit organizations active in the regions assisted by the Bottom Up. The selection process considered their physical infrastructure, whether the facilities serve as shelters or collection centers or have the space to serve as such, their direct and indirect impact on the community, the operational capacity of the entity, links and/or collaborative projects with other organizations, and their financial capacity, among other elements.