Just over a year has passed since Hurricane Maria carved a deadly swathe of destruction through the small island of Puerto Rico. The category 5 hurricane caused massive flooding, food shortages, telecommunications challenges and left millions without electricity. Infrastructure and property damages were estimated at $90 billion which, at the time, was still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma just two weeks prior.
The region continues its road to recovery and recently, the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority (PRHTA), known locally as the Autoridad de Carreteras de Puerto Rico (ACT), partnered with Transoft to procure software solutions such as AutoTURN®, TORUS® and GuideSIGN® to assist with rebuilding infrastructure and highway signage.
The effects of Hurricane Maria, however hit close to home as one of Transoft’s own, Blanca Colon, our LATAM sales representative had only two months prior returned to her native San Juan from Florida. Blanca herself experienced several months of hardship without power and internet access, yet she made every effort to service Transoft’s LATAM customers while furnishing us with firsthand reports on the devastation caused by the storm.
At Transoft, we have a lengthy history of humanitarian aid – something that is engrained not only in our collective psyche but is consistent with our corporate values of ‘giving back.’ As a corporation, Transoft felt compelled to help, and in keeping with its Vision to ‘make the global community a better place to live,’ with Blanca’s guidance, made an immediate donation and when the PRTHA software acquisition came through, Transoft donated a further 10% of the PRTHA sales proceeds to a local educational institution in Aguadilla: Colegio San Carlos. As well Transoft commits to direct 10% of all PR sales proceeds to this institution for the next 12 months.
“Education and compassion are important principles that drive us at Transoft,” adds Janyne Messelink, HR Manager at Transoft Solutions. “As we ‘walk the talk’, supporting the Colegio San Carlos is a natural fit for us. We are glad to give back by helping kids get back to school in the communities we work and live in.”
The school, established in 1957, was one of the first in the region, and sustained heavy damage as a result of Hurricane Maria. Among its losses, the school suffered damages to:
It is our sincere hope that our humble donation to the school will provide some relief towards rebuilding for the future. Equally, we hope the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico continues its steadfast road to recovery. To that end, Transoft will continue to be on standby to provide assistance as and when needed.