Puerto Rico Update!
Multi-organizational effort for energy alternatives; 30/30 Project and Construction for Change partner with the Clinton Foundation, Expedia, Sextant Foundation, Direct Relief and the Hispanic Federation in storm ravaged Caribbean:Construction for Change and the 30/30 Project were invited this summer to join the call to help in the rebuilding of damage done by hurricanes in the Caribbean last year. Specifically, to provide green energy in the form of solar panels for medical facilities and schools. In June, Kevin Hunter, CfC Executive Director, Tim Hickory, CfC Director of Operations and Julie Lewis, 30/30 Project Founder, flew to Puerto Rico to join the Clinton Foundation, Expedia, the Sextant Foundation, Direct Relief and the Hispanic Federation as they collaborate on energy alternatives for 70 medical facilities in the Primary Care Association and schools in Puerto Rico and the greater Caribbean that still lack power or have rolling power outages.On the trip we visited several clinics in various stages of need… some simply needed solar panels, others had more extensive damage and one was completely destroyed and will need to be rebuilt. In south east Puerto Rico, where damage from the hurricane was the greatest, one of the municipalities still doesn’t have any power almost a year after the storm, this is one of the poorest areas of Puerto Rico and has several clinics that need renovations and solar.CfC had the opportunity to visit other islands and will be working with the Sextant Foundation to install solar panels on six schools in Dominica this fall in partnership with Expedia.This is an ongoing, multi-year endeavor. All of the partners met in Miami in August with President Clinton and toured a few other islands in the Caribbean to assess the overall scope of the proposal and plan. https://www.stjohntradewinds.com/clinton-bloomberg-expedia-announce-solar-projects-on-st-thomas-st-john/We are excited to join this multi-organizational effort and look forward to the strategic partnerships that will develop for Construction for Change through these collaborations.