15-year-old Salvador Gomez Colon

Light and Hope for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria survivor Salvador Gabriel Colon, the 15-year-old son of Presidential Leadership Scholar alum Marta Colon, has launched a crowdfunding campaign called “Light and Hope for Puerto Rico” with the help of PLS alumni.

By Sarah Boynton

Hurricane Maria survivor Salvador Gabriel Colon, the 15-year-old son of Presidential Leadership Scholar (PLS) alum Marta Colon, has launched a crowdfunding campaign called “Light and Hope for Puerto Rico” as he remains hunkered down in his family’s apartment rationing food and water to survive. The campaign will raise funds to buy portable lamps and washing machines for residents in some of the worst affected areas of Puerto Rico. Salvador Gabriel has raised $51,000 of his $100,000 target.

“Salvador Gabriel is grappling with his own fear and despair, and to put that aside to concentrate on helping others is an act of courage,” said PLS program alum, Marta Colon. “His actions and all of the serious work he is putting into this campaign is unbelievable and makes me feel proud and hopeful.”

Neha Misra, PLS alum and co-founder of Washington D.C-based non-profit Solar Sister, is helping Salvador Gabriel with his mission, along with other PLS alumni who are helping fund the initiative.

“I am truly grateful to my PLS family for providing support to my son,” said Colon. “They have shared the news on social media, donated to the cause, and believed in his effort!”

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