Jose Vera, LA5 Rotary Club, is a Co-Chair (with Albert Hernandez, Burbank Rotary Club) of the District 5280 Puerto Rico Humanitarian Trip, April 14-18, 2022. He spoke to us by Zoom about the 12 projects with Puerto Rico’s District 7000. The 61 Clubs in our District need to raise over $100,000 to combine with Rotary Global Matching Grants. Over 120 Rotarians from our District are expected to go.
Our DG Guity Javid has noted that Puerto Rico is still in a humanitarian crisis with the aftermath of Hurricane María in Sept 2017, when 95% of the people lost their electricity and half lost access to running water; 3 months later 45% (1.5 million people) still had no electric power. Then 3 powerful earthquakes hit in Jan 2020, followed by the COVID pandemic.
Among our planned projects are an agricultural training program at a homeless shelter, a recycling center to fund addict treatment, a sewing training project for underserved women, a Rotary Peace Park to be maintained by local Clubs, retrofitting a used 40-foot container for physical & ocupational therapy services for disabled students, computer training for students & parents, a sports training facility for troubled children, a secure school for domestic violence victims, a school photocopying center, furnishings for a children’s shelter, and playground equipment to replace hurricane-destroyed equipment.
These projects will involve partnerships between community and business and professional leaders in both Districts, building good will, better friendships, and better lives. We can help by monetary donations by Clubs & individuals, and by registering to go to Puerto Rico. More information & online sign-ups at will soon be available.