Hurricane Maria destroyed an extremely fragile power grid for Puerto Ricans, impacting the standard of living, from education to health and economic development. Rural communities face the biggest challenges. A return to normalcy is a long way away.
One year later, lack of access to consistent power in rural communities like Yabucoa, where much of the citizens live in hard-to-reach, rugged mountain neighborhoods, means that when nighttime comes, the ability to live a normal life slows down dramatically… children can’t study easily, parents have challenges preparing healthy meals, families have reduced ability to engage and interact.
OHorizons specializes in developing simple solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems. Throughout 2017 we worked with last mile communities in Puerto Rico to implement stop-gap solutions while long-term solutions to energy needs are deployed. Our solar-powered tools provided a reliable alternative, supplying lighting, refrigeration, home cooling, cellular recharging, and more.
We focused on neighborhoods that are difficult to access and are least likely to receive help, like Yabucoa, as well as Rio Grande, Utuado, Jayuya, Loiza, and Humacao, where we distributed…