GEM 2017  Mission

Hurricane Irma and Maria

Summary Stats

40 Ft Containers
Supplies Shipped
$ 0
Planes with Supplies
Caribbean Countries

Phase 1:

Disaster Relief

Global Empowerment Mission responded in the first phase, disaster relief and, with our BStrong partner, sent 55 planes of emergency supplies to Puerto Rico, St Barths, St Maarten, US and British Virgin Islands within the first month of the hurricanes.

Phase 2:

The Gap Period​

phase 2 icon

Global Empowerment Mission responded in the second phase, the gap period, with our BStrong partner by shipping:

  • 86, 40 ft containers to Puerto Rico. This aid was distributed in 73 municipalities by our Puerto Rican partner Yo No Me Quito and Third Wave Volunteers.
  • One ship of supplies was sent through Resolve Marine Group to Dominica and 340 evacuations conducted.
  • 10 containers of aid were sent to the Virgin Islands
  • 1 container of aid was sent to St Maarten. 

Phase 3:

Sustainable Development

Global Empowerment Mission responded in the third phase, sustainable development, with our BStrong partner by:

  • supplying 3 Water Step filtration systems in 3 municipalities.
  • shipping a container of paint to Yo No Me Quito to repaint schools.
  • creating community school murals throughout the island.

GEM Advisory Board members, Kiko and Carlos Alvarez donated funds for this mission.

Participating Groups:

Third Wave Volunteers | COH Florida | New Florida Majority | Urban Paradise Guild | Navillus (spent $200,000 on tents and equipment) | WeCount 305 films | Miami Climate Alliance | We Do Better | GRAMPS | Delivering Good | Humanity Road | GEM (Global Empowerment Mission) | HARP Rescue | Rescue Warriors H.E.A.R.T. (Angels with a Hummer) Citizens Climate Lobby | Logos Capital | SFLRS | Catalyst Miami | Central Florida Jobs with Justice | Coalition of Immokalee Workers | Community Justice Project | Dream Defenders | EcoTech Visions | Engage Miami |Faith in Florida | FANM – Haitian Women of Miami Fight for 15 | Florida Cares | Florida Council of Churches | Florida Immigrant Coalition | Florida Rights Restoration Coalition | Florida Student Power Network Fort Myers Dream Center | Habitat for Humanity Collier and South Dade | League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County | Lee County Homeless Coalition | Make the Homeless Smile | Miami Climate Alliance | Naples New Haitian Church of the Nazerine | Newtown Community Bible Church | Next Level Church | Organize Florida | Phsycians for Social Responsilbity | Power U | SEIU 1199 | SEIU Florida | St. Matthews House | STARS Complex Community Forum | Sustainable Miami | Tampa Hillsbourgh Action Plan (THAP) | Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth


  • Yo No Me Quito
  • F3 International Resources
  • Yatch Aid Global
  • Third Wave Volunteers
  • Motorrad Angels
  • Resolve Marine Group
  • I 4 Puerto Rico

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