Organizations committed to the neighboring country receive donations
“Puerto Ricans are very generous,” with those words, Richard L. Carrión, president of the Banco Popular Foundation (BPF), officially presented the collections of the United for Haiti campaign, which took place from October 12 to November 30, 2016 at the premises of the Popular Community of Collaboration and Social Innovation (CCIS, for its Spanish acronym).
Representatives of the Puerto Rican Alliance of Solidarity with Haiti (APHS, for its Spanish acronym), the Alliance of Doctors to the Rescue (AMAR, for its Spanish acronym), Haiti Stands Up, Community Initiative and Sor Ileana’s Pro-Missions received $199,620.77 in donations, includes a fund pairing by the Banco Popular Foundation of the first $50,000.
According the agreement with the participating organizations, the donations were distributed as follows: $74,810.39 for APHS and $24,936.80 for AMAR and Community Initiative, respectively. In the case of Sor Ileana’s Pro-Missions, the organization received a donation of $50,000.
“We thank all the people and our employees who contributed to this humanitarian campaign. In particular, the Francisco Carvajal Foundation for its $50,000 contribution,” said Beatriz Polhamus, Executive Director of the Banco Popular Foundation.
The humanitarian mission with this neighboring island has deeply impacted Puerto Rico and the organizations that continue to give a hand in a disinterested manner.
“The commitment of the Alliance of Physicians to the Rescue (A.M.A.R.) is with all of America, but in Haiti we have treated over 4,000 patients over the past two decades,” said Dr. Jesús Arvelo.
At the same time, helping to meet the pressing needs of Haiti has enabled the members of these missions to obtain humanitarian experiences under conditions that confirm the urgent need of the people of Haiti, especially children. “I had never had to amputate the legs of a child, and there I had to do it,” said the Executive Director of Haiti Stands Up, Dr. Humberto Guzmán, who shared his experiences during the donation announcement.
For Sister Ileana, their mission is to help with the need for housing and to work to achieve as much as possible. “Pro-Misiones Sor Ileana, is actually the name of a bank account. We have zero administration costs and all the money that we get is for the reconstruction of Haiti. We have already built six houses and will continue to see if we can build a village,” said the missionary.
The United for Haiti Campaign originated after Hurricane Mathew hit the island last year and is not the first that the Banco Popular Foundation has developed to help the neighboring island. Events like the earthquake of 2010 gave rise to several initiatives and humanitarian organizations.
“Helping these organizations, that for years have been committed to help in the needs of Haiti, allows us to be a bridge of collaboration between the citizens and the organizations that really need it to continue their work for Haiti,” concluded Polhamus.
If you are interested in learning more about the Banco Popular Foundation and its different programs, visit www.fundacionbancopopular.org.