Puerto Rico: Every Drop Counts Challenge 

Join the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Every Drop County Challenge to bring safe drinking water to Puerto Rico.The challenge is designed to help educators and community members who want to raise money in their classrooms, workplaces or local unions to help send essential water filtration systems to Puerto Rico.

American citizens of Puerto Rico are facing a massive humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Maria. More than a million people still lack running water—they are forced to find water in contaminated streams, collect it from runoff, even drink from toxic Superfund sites.

But - you and your students, school and community can help. Join the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Every Drop Counts Challenge.

The challenge is designed to help educators and community members like you who want to raise money in their classrooms, workplaces or local unions to help send essential water filtration systems to Puerto Rico. The AFT, Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, AFSCME, Hispanic Federation and Operation Blessing International have already raised more than $300,000 to support clean water for Puerto Ricans. Your school and community can do their part. Every drop counts.

Fill out this form to get started. The AFT will provide you and your group:

  1. A unique online fundraising page to collect and track your impact;
  2. A toolkit with fundraising tips and materials;
  3. AFT social media support and recognition for your campaign;
  4. An opportunity to be featured on the H20 Heroes section of the website;
  5. Help promoting your campaign to local press (if desired); and
  6. Updates to show the impact of your fundraising on the ground.

Thank you for your interest in starting a local campaign.

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To learn more about individual and group donations for water filtration systems, visit Operation Agua.

As of November 2017: Operation Agua, a crowdsourced campaign to provide safe drinking water to the people of Puerto Rico, has received $1 million in donations, with containers full of thousands of water filters reaching Puerto Rico every week and being distributed to schools and families across the island. We continue to need your help to raise much-needed funds for water filtration systems.

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