My name is Fernando Lujan Mote, I am a sophomore from Cuernavaca, Mexico studying Marketing, Communications and Film Studies in Boston College and I write to you today because we urgently need your help, help which could save many lives. If you are willing to donate to our cause I guarantee you that it will make a difference and bring about necessary support to an island that I hold dear to my heart: Puerto Rico.
Over Spring Break I performed service in Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico where I witnessed firsthand the absolute devastation Hurricane Maria had dealt to this beautiful island. Maria Fonseca Rivera, the leader of the local service organization where I volunteered, drove me throughout the mountains of Cerro Gordo in search of survivors. I had never seen so much societal and physical destruction in my life; I had never felt so much anger either.
My anger comes from a simple yet terrible truth: It has been 6 months since Hurricane Maria devastated the lives of the community of Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s own government has stated that the hurricane crisis is over, which makes it hard for this community to receive food and supplies from abroad; items that they desperately need. However, The Puerto Rico Crisis is not over!
I witnessed the daily tragedies that continue to occur in this community, which resulted in my desire to start this organization. I held the hand of a starving woman, prayed over Mario, a man dying of a preventable disease covered by a blanket which was stained by his own feces and urine and embraced Sylvia, an 86 year old woman who had lost her home and all of her possessions because of the storm. Worst of all, she had lost her hope. Suicides are on the rise throughout Puerto Rico; people’s lives are at risk.
The Puerto Rico Project was born upon my return to Boston College from service. It is a student-led organization based in Boston College which aims to aid the affected area of Cerro Gordo, Puerto Rico through a steady supply of funding to organizations that can help the most, nationwide awareness campaigns in order to bring the spotlight back to Puerto Rico’s crisis, and the creation of a yearly service trip to the area.
It is true that we are a very new organization, but any great change starts from a small spark. Enough is enough. Something needs to change and The Puerto Rico Project needs your help in order to facilite this change. All of the funds collected in this campaign will be given to Convoy of Hope, an organization that is working closely with a local Puerto Rican organization called "Puerto Rico No Esta Apagado".
Even if you are unable to donate we encourage you to aid us by helping to spread the word through sharing our videos and other content dedicated to raising awareness for Puerto Rico throughout your social media. If you would like to discuss more about our organization or would like to contribute in any way feel free to reach out to our PR Manager Trish Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are not just another organization asking for your help. We are a group of young adults from various walks of life, passionate in bringing about positive change, determined to work the hardest we’ve ever worked until we see the improvement of the well-being of Puerto Rico, Maria, and her community.
Fernando Lujan Mote