Tonight is the night! Please join us for the first of three info sessions we are having this week for the 2020 Backpacks Full of Hope service trip to Puerto Rico, and discover how you and your learner can participate in this life-changing experience.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting online for any of the sessions (if prompted, enter meeting ID 276 438 515)

  • Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m. PST Informational Webinar
  • Wednesday, June 12, 4 p.m. PST @ iLEAD Lancaster (254 E Ave K4 K-4, Lancaster, CA 93535)
  • Thursday, June 13, 4 p.m. PST @ SCVi (28060 Hasley Canyon Rd #200, Castaic, CA 91384)

Please RSVP by emailing tim.alves@culturalbridges.global with your preferred session.

As many of you are aware, on September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, becoming the worst disaster in the island’s history. After pounding the small territory with near category 5 wind and rain for 30 hours, millions of Americans were left without drinking water, electricity, and shelter – many for over 6 months. It is estimated that it will take Puerto Rico, which was already suffering economic crisis before the hurricane, up to 7 years to fully recover.

Just a few months after the disaster, iLEAD families mobilized and launched the Backpacks Full of Hope humanitarian initiative to help rebuild. In March 2018, 19 learners, family members, and iLEAD staff set out to help with the reconstruction and reforestation efforts.

The trip was a huge success, but it was apparent that much work was still needed. So in April 2019, we returned – this time with over 30 backpackers, including 12 from that original group.

As there is still much to do, we are excited to announce the launch of the Backpacks Full of Hope 2020 humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico, March 31-April 8 (subject to change).

Trip cost is $1,550 total per person. A $150 refundable deposit is due by June 30th to hold your spot. There will be fundraising opportunities available. Registration and payment details will be available during the meetings this week.

Click here to join an interest list for Backpacks Full of Hope 2020.

Spots are limited, and you won’t want to miss out. ¡Hasta pronto!