Reflections from Puerto Rico

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico to speak at a conference on the role of nonprofits in disaster recovery, at the invitation of Enterprise Community Partners. Before the conference I was able to travel around the island. The first thing I learned was that in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria simply having water to drink was the biggest need. One small nonprofit that had focused on policy work redefined its purpose on the fly and spent six months doing nothing but delivering water across the island. The next most pressing, as I had heard, was power. In the mountains we met a retired school teacher named Jose who was without power for Puerto Ricans dance through the

Reflections from Puerto Rico

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico to speak at a conference on the role of nonprofits in disaster recovery, at the invitation of Enterprise Community Partners. Before the conference I was able to travel around the island. The first thing I learned was that in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria simply having water to drink was the biggest need. One small nonprofit that had focused on policy work redefined its purpose on the fly and spent six months doing nothing but delivering water across the island. The next most pressing, as I had heard, was power. In the mountains we met a retired school teacher named Jose who was without power for nine months. Because he l

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