When the 6.4-magnitude earthquake, followed by numerous powerful aftershocks, hit Puerto Rico, the MPOWERD team jumped into action and began making the necessary steps to get light (and energy) to the region. Countless other organizations and individuals were also mobilizing to provide relief to Puerto Ricans; one of those was Jamie Harper.
Jamie owns and runs the non-profit, Harper 4 Humanity, who provides disaster response and critical aid to those impacted by disasters. We first started working with Jamie during Hurricane Maria and were extremely grateful to have her as a partner when these earthquakes hit!
When the strongest earthquake to hit the island in 102 years occurred, Jamie leapt into action. Within just a few days, Jamie was aboard a plane ready to provide our solar lights, chargers, and other emergency supplies to the millions of people affected. Not only did Jamie hand deliver our solar lights to those affected, she also played a pivotal role in getting our products into the hands of other organizations on the ground.
After almost a month in Puerto Rico of providing disaster relief - and living through the numerous aftershocks - Jamie jumped on a plane and returned to the U.S. to collect more supplies for her organization. Hearing of her return on Tuesday 4th February, the entire office was mobilized to help pack the lights and chargers for Jamie’s office visit on Friday. By Tuesday, she was back on her way over to Puerto Rico to continue the relief efforts!
Without partners like Jamie, whose altruism, determination, and drive is unrelenting, we wouldn’t be able to support underserved communities at the same scale. For that we owe a huge amount of gratitude to all our partners.
Support our work with amazing organizations like Jamie's by donating a light here!