13 November 2017

Institute students rally to support Puerto Rico

Graduate Institute students are organising with the Geneva community to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, after 80% of the island’s agricultural industry was wiped out by Hurricane Maria.

“This is a situation the likes of which our generation has never witnessed” said Andrew J. Padilla (MA Development Studies 2019), a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent. “In most of the island there is no electricity, clean water, or access to food or medical care. “Graduate Institute students and folks from all over Geneva are coming together to raise money to support not just the immediate relief efforts, but thinking long-term about how we can bring Puerto Rico to become a more sustainable and just island.”

Institute students, in collaboration with Puerto Ricans in Geneva, have organised multiple fundraising events since the disaster. A Party & Potluck at La Rumba, an Open Mic event at Ethno Bar and a Salsa evening November 19th.

They’ve set up an online drive to raise $10,000 for Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico, a grassroots organisation providing immediate disaster relief and long term rebuilding support to small and medium scale farmers. They are one of many grassroots organisations working to create a Just Recovery for Puerto Rico, a bold and holistic plan for the island to be rebuilt as a beacon for a safe, resilient, and thriving society.

YOU CAN HELP! Please give what you can to their YouCaring website, and watch the short video on their efforts below:

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