Expedia Group, Construction for Change, 30/30 Project, and Sextant Foundation are teaming up again to support resilience efforts in the Caribbean, this time with Project HOPE in Puerto Rico. The first two solar installations have been completed at the University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy in San Juan and Salud Integral de la Montaña clinic in Corozal, with more being planned.
Our volunteers are working with local laborers to complete the installations, and will ensure facilities staff can effectively manage the systems moving forward.
These systems will ensure a reliable, sustainable source of energy for the health centers and the communities they serve in the event of another hurricane or natural disaster.
Every year there are 200 new cases of type 1 diabetes in Puerto Rico, and it’s the third cause of death there. Like other life-saving supplies and vaccines, insulin quickly became obsolete across the island after Hurricane Maria. People were waiting in lines for days only to find that clinics had run out. They ended up in hospitals, many of which lacked energy required for refrigeration. Determined to prevent this from recurring, Project HOPE established a Diabetes Program with full-time staff and a plan to develop a cold chain of key distribution points across the main island and surrounding islands of Vieques and Culebra, securing reliable, resilient energy sources for new high capacity insulin refrigerators. If another hurricane hits, these strategically selected locations will receive shipments of insulin to be distributed to nearby communities.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Funding is secured for this project, but you can help us provide reliable energy solutions for future projects by donating here. Your contribution will help us cover our volunteer expenses, and support our ability to continue this work for health and education centers around the world.
Sextant Foundation is providing the technical expertise, and our volunteers are managing the installation.
Expedia Group and 30/30 Project are committed to funding solar systems to support community resiliency in the Caribbean in partnership with Construction for Change and Sextant Foundation.
Construction for Change builds spaces where people can become healthier, better educated, and increase economic mobility. They are serving as the project manager.
Project HOPE is serving as liaison to local partners by facilitating coordination with the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences and the Puerto Rico Department of Health.
We have two volunteers identified for this project, but there are others that need your help. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering on future projects.