Moving beyond sustainability towards sound environmental, economic and social program development one community at a time
Our Mission The Zemi Foundation, was established in 2010 to assist vulnerable communities in the development of sound environmental, economic and social program initiatives. All of our projects focus on strong community inclusionary measures and are implemented with respect and deference to the various communities and cultures in which we work.
The Zemi Foundation is a registered 501c3, non-profit organization established exclusively for the purpose of the development and implementation of responsible cultural and environmental resource management initiatives.
Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico Call for emergency donations and supplies!
The Zemi Foundation has been working with individuals in Florida and California to deliver lifesaving supplies to various communities in Puerto Rico. Transportation services in/out of Puerto is limited at this time. Therefore, we are relying on individuals, who had pre-booked flights (no bookings into Puerto Rico are possible right now) and charter agencies. Thus far, our focus has been on water purification (tables and portable systems), solar chargers for phones. This is only the beginning. While we appreciate offers of donations of clothing and other supplies we do not have the ability to ship anything other than 'basic necessities' at the present.
Donations of supplies can be made directly to the following agencies. If you are not in the Florida area and would like to donate specific items contact individual organizations or email the Zemi Foundation and we will facilitate transport::
Homeland Intelligence Technologies/4916 S. Lois Ave. Tampa, Florida Batteries, Baby Wipes, Flashlights, Lanterns, First Aid Supplies, Water, Over the Counter Medications, Bedding, Towels, Non-Perishable Food, Tarps, Generators, Lumber, Tools. Open 11 am to 7 pm daily. Brenda Irizarry. 813.390.1208
Oxalis Law Firm/2701 N. Himes. Tampa, Florida Non-Perishable Food, Over the Counter Medications, First Aid Supplies, Medication, Diapers, Baby Formula, Water, Pet Food, Toilet Paper. , Open 9 am to 4 pm daily. Special arrangements can be made for pick-up. Oxalis Garcia. 727.835.6595
5107 Central Ave. (Adjacent to Lutheran Church). Water, Non-Perishable Food, Bug spray, Toothbrushes, Toiletries, Diapers, Candles, Sunscreen, First Aid Supplies, Blankets, Baby Food. Open 8 to 8 daily. Natasha Ocasio. Puertoricoicorelief@gmail.com
Update Sept 26/2017: An email just received from Global Hydration. com
I’m afraid that there is only 1 size of Aquatabs tablet registered for sale in the USA (regulated by the US EPA) and it is completely out of stock until the end of October. If you wanted to consider drop shipping full pallets from the manufacturer in Ireland we could do so (pricing and details below) but there is a 4-5 week lead time right now. The cholera outbreak in Yemen last month wiped out all stock globally and has backorders from major aid groups have production working 24/7 trying to catch up. Thus, we are focusing on other portable water filtration systems.
Donations for water purification initiatives may be made to the Zemi Foundation via paypal. Please note that payments are earmarked for Puerto Rico Purification. Paypal link at the top of this page.
A Message from the Director
I would like to thank all of the volunteers, staff, and board members who helped to make 2015 a successful year of amazing transitions. As our efforts have expanded in the development of community-based resource management program initiatives we have successfully established new, lifelong relationships with communities throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Our work with families in Cuba and international donors has resulted in the initial phase of Cuba’s first Respite Center for autistic children and adults. This center will provide caregivers and family members with resources that provide short and long term relief and services to families in need.
In 2015 we also forged new relationships and welcomed the opportunity to work with new board members and staff. Our new Chairperson, Dr. Beverly Ward brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development of programs that address the needs of vulnerable populations in the face of environmental disasters and challenges. Award winning documentary film maker,Rebecca Hayden has also joined our team of consultants.
While we considerably expanded our efforts with economically marginalized communities in 2015, such as the health of women and young girls in Africa, we continue to work closely with government and non-government agencies in the development and implementation of cultural and natural resource management programs throughout the Caribbean. Our efforts to identify and conserve tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage have continued to expand throughout the British West Indies.
Will all of our successes in 2015 we plan to expand our efforts and to include more communities, more individuals in the development of environmentally and culturally focused sustainable planning initiatives worldwide. With the continued support of our donors, board members and staff together we will continue to protect natural and cultural resources in 2016 and beyond.