On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria touched down on the small island of Puerto Rico and carved a deadly swathe of destruction. 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, Blanca Colon, a member of our Latin American sales team, had only two months prior returned to her native Puerto Rico from Florida. Blanca herself experienced several months of hardship without power and internet access, yet she made every effort to service her region’s 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, we felt compelled to help, and in keeping with our Vision to ‘make the global community a better place to live,’ with Blanca’s guidance, we attempted to make a donation soon after the hurricane hit, but circumstances made it difficult to coordinate. But when the PRHTA software acquisition came through, Transoft decided to revisit our support of the needs in Puerto Rico and donated 10% of the 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 guiding principles that drive us at Transoft,” added Janyne Messelink, HR Manager at Transoft Solutions. “As we ‘walk the talk’, supporting 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:
You can view the school after the effects of the storm on this YouTube video.
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.