Puerto Rico Response – partner announcement – CrearConSalud

CrearConSalud, Inc. is a non-profit created by a group of Puerto Rican psychiatrists living in the U.S. and members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). CrearConSalud is registered as a non-profit in PR since late August 2017, but the group has worked on a series of trips to PR since 2015, assessing and re-assessing different community and mental health (MH) needs and doing educational activities in the island. CrearConSalud has worked with several municipalities such as Vieques, San Juan and Humacao on a series of activities directly related to MH response efforts.

As a response to hurricane Maria, they are gathering donations of water filters for communities with little or no access to drinking water, which is also a pivotal effort to avoid further accumulation of plastic trash in the island. CrearConSalud has partnered with a non-profit working for years on community development with several towns in the East. Their website is: https://www.pecesinc.org

P.E.C.E.S received their first shipment of Sawyer water filters on 10/24/2017; a hundred personal filters, 38 Point Zero filters (higher capacity to filter for multiple families) & 30 repellents. The P.E.C.E.S team will be distributing these within Humacao in underserved communities that were severely impacted by Maria. One of CrearConSalud’s board members will go to Punta Santiago on 11/03/2017 to assist in distributing the filters and to give the first mental health response training to their local community leaders & teachers. CrearConSalud also hopes to provide ongoing support to persons with symptoms of depression and PTSD identified by community leaders on several trips it has planned. CrearConSalud’s board plans to continue shipping the water filters to reliable community leaders and NGOs in other identified communities in need.

If you want to help, please encourage your friends, colleagues & family members to donate. Click DONATE on our Facebook page (
https://www.facebook.com/crearconsalud/) to access our PayPal account or click here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VU7VJBTLR2KSW.

If you want to help by volunteering, getting other types of donations or in any other way, please email them at CrearConSalud@CrearConSalud.org or send an email to their Public Relations Manager, Carissa Caban-Aleman at carissacaban1@gmail.com. Their website is in progress.