The Clinton Foundation has announced more than fifty new commitments in support of ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Announced at the third meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in San Juan, the commitments to action include efforts to address food security, access to health care, small business development, renewable energy, and sustainable tourism in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda.
Commitments announced this week include an initiative launched by Good360 to promote a proactive, needs-based, resilient, transparent, and long-term approach to disaster giving. Through the Optimizing Corporate Disaster Giving and Engagement initiative, Good360 will partner with the nonprofit All Hands and Hearts and the Good360 Disaster Recovery Council — whose members include the UPS Foundation, United Airlines, Restoration Hardware, CVS Health, Ecolab, Dollar Days, and Wrangler — to develop a curriculum aimed at optimizing corporate disaster philanthropy for leaders of Fortune 500 companies.
"This commitment to action allows us to expand upon our work at a critical point while the frequency and intensity of natural disasters are on the rise and while many impacted communities continue to face daunting paths to recovery," said Good360 CEO Howard Sherman. "The impact of stronger, more informed disaster giving practices means an acceleration of the recovery curve, building resilience for the future, and the true transformation of communities."
Other pledges include the Cathexis Project's pilot program to strengthen the mental well-being and business skills of small business owners in Puerto Rico; a commitment by Direct Relief to address the growing opioid crisis in Puerto Rico by building the capacity of local organizations to treat opioid addiction and prevent fatal overdoses; a women's empowerment initiative led by the Batey Relief Alliance that will provide women in the Dominican Republic with healthcare services and help them adopt market-oriented strategies in agriculture and livestock production; a Community Foundation of the Virgin Island's project to increase solar energy capacity and energy efficiency at the Queen Louise Home for Children on St. Croix; and a commitment by World Hope International to train and deploy fresh water production teams to the region in the event of a natural disaster.
"Our work is far from over," said former President Bill Clinton at the meeting. "The work is not for those with short attention spans."