Monthly Archives: December 2017

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Kayla Pérez works at a local gas action in Ricón. Despite not having any working lighting at night, the owner refused to close the gas station.
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Without access to gasoline, none of the residents of Ricón could run generators at night or use their cars to help with the relief efforts.
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A few of the locals told us that they could tell the gas station was open at night because they could see Kayla solar light illuminating the gas station.
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#HopeForPuertoRico

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78 days without electricity and light is a long time however, this brother and sister can now study after the sun goes down. Puerto Rico’s future is looking brighter and brighter. #HopeForPuertoRico

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These two sisters living in Morovis told us that when they can get gas, their generator often overheats and stops running especially on very hot days. Their new solar lights will never over heat. #RememberPuertoRico #givelight #wol #HopeForPuertoRico

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The difficult, off the beat and path and the forgotten places is where we love to serve.

As we served the people of Morovis yesterday it was as if a light from above was hiding us to each recipient.

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When we arrived at Parcelas Nuevas today Maria Luisa Vasquez Colon (pictures here) was the most joyful and excited person at today’s light distribution. She cheered and laugh the entire time. She was actually jumping up and down as we talked. When I asked her if I could take her photo at her house, she burst into tears! It was so painful to see her dramatic and instantaneous change.
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Through her tears of sorrow she told us that she and her husband José had their entire home completely blown away from the hurricane. Only the bathroom walls remained of the home they spent their entire lives saving to buy.
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On behalf of Maria Luisa Vasquez Colon
José Enrique we thank every person that donated to help provide them their solar new light.
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#RememberPuertoRico #givelight #wol #HopeForPuertoRico

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This is Conzuelo Sanchez Caro. Since hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico she has been living without electricity for over 11 weeks. Prior to receiving her new @wattsoflove solar light, she was using an old fashion kerosene lamp. She said it was “very dangerous and smelly” Plus it was ‘too heavy’ for her to carry from room to room when she moving around at night.
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She kept telling us how much she loved her solar light. “Mi Luz me salvo mi vida yo no podia ver nada …….”.
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When we were getting ready to leave, we asked her what could we do to improve her light? She immediately responded… “Dame dos” (give me two). They always say with age comes wisdom!
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Please consider making a donation to help those that still have received a light.
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#RememberPuertoRico #givelight #wol #HopeForPuertoRico

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I thought I’d seen it all, I now understand I never knew what a “lowlands avocado” looks like. This thing is huge!

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When a local Rincon resident says “hey I want you to take a photo of a solar light on my belly” you take it.
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You then laugh, exchange high-fives and rejoice that despite all of hardships and not having electricity for 11 weeks, the spirits of the residents of Rincon remain resilient.

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His roof was completely ripped off as well as two of the four walls that defined his home.
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He smiled the entire time we spoke with him. He was so grateful for his new solar light and intently listened to every word we told him on how to use the light. .
I saw several now depleted flash lights tossed on the ground and his small handmade wooden table. When one of the local DEA agents assisting in us gave him two cases of bottled water we could see he was touched. When the last agent gave him a 10 lb bag of ice for his makeshift cooler, he almost cried.
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Ice. Something cold. Frozen crystals of life. It’s truly amazing to be reminded how something so simple, light, a hug or a few simple cubes of ice can immediately lift and change someone’s outlook on life.
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#RememberPuertoRico #givelight #wol

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Have you ever wondered what heaven might be like? I often do.
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I have ultimately come to the conclusion that the joy, peace and wonderment of it all is way too great to comprehend.
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Do to the number of people helping us in Puerto Rico, I have been sleeping on a wafer thin mattress on the floor. Since the room is so small, my head touches the door that leads into the kitchen. Well friends, surprisingly this just might be heaven on earth.
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Each morning I wake to my roommate Steven strumming his 12 string guitar, singing his lungs out with songs that seems to be downloaded from a different realm and the smell of bacon in the air. Yes, bacon!
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Am I in heaven? No. But I do unequivocally believe a slice of heaven has invade my bedroom every morning before we take the fields to help. #ThoughtsWhileWaking

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The worst feeling in the world is thinking you have been forgotten.
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Those that started the walk with you, slowly begin to drifted away. In time you feel alone.
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It has been over 12 weeks since Puerto Rico experienced a devastating hurricane. Large portions of the island are still without electricity. Many families have uprooted everything due to lack of clean water, power and the constant status of the unknown.
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Watts of Love has returned for third time to Puerto Rico and we are so glad we are here again. There is still so much work to be done. There are still so many that need help. Most importantly the people of Puerto Rico need to know they are not forgotten!
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Please help us with our mission to continue to support those that have lost so much in Puerto Rico. Not only will your donation provide critical access lighting, perhaps equally as important, your donation tells each person that they are not forgotten!
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#RememberPuertoRico #givelight #wol https://www.wattsoflove.org/puerto-rico-emergency-relief