The first anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall on Puerto Rico is almost upon us. Our people have endured the devastation left behind since the storm. The loss of the nearly 3,000 lives will hurt forever. We take this moment to honor and remember the ones who left us sooner as a result of this tragic event. However, the Boricua spirit is strong and together we are overcoming this disaster.
One year after Maria, the island faces another challenge: the poverty rate has increased to 52.3%. Since its inception in 2015, Friends of Puerto Rico has invested its resources in under-served communities on the island. To eliminate poverty and to bring prosperity is one of our main objectives. With this present in our agenda, we have joined efforts with the Global Island Partnership in order to catalyze the power of global partnerships as well as the diaspora to help overcome this reality. All of us working together will bring positive solutions to the current challenges that Puerto Rico is facing.
We invite those in Washington, DC to join us at a summit hosted by the House Committee on Homeland Security on September 20th, at 9:30 AM at the Capitol Visitor's center: HVC-215. Here, we will continue our conversation on how to work together for the benefit of our beautiful island.
As always, we thank you for your support and enthusiasm.Abrazos,
We are excited to join forces with Global Island Partnership. The partnership is led by the Presidents of Palau and Seychelles, Prime Minister of Grenada and Premier of the British Virgin Islands. The Global Island Partnership's mission is to promote action to build resilient and sustainable island communities by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration for all islands. We know that together we will bring sustainable solutions to Puerto Rico.