Winfrey said she was inspired to make the donation after watching the multi-award winning musical, 'Hamilton' at San Juan. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Puerto Rican himself, the donation will be made to two of his disaster relief organizations.
Puerto Rico was hit by one of the worst disasters in 2017. Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the Atlantic ocean was responsible for the biggest tragedy the island had ever seen in its history. The situation was aggravated by the indifferent attitude of the U.S. government under President Donald Trump who instead of helping its citizens was busy confronting leaders of the island and spreading lies. Nearly two years on, people are still reeling under the weight of the disaster and citizens are just starting to come out of the tragedy. However, plenty of help is still required. Media mogul and television host, Oprah Winfrey, has made her intention known in planning to donate as much as $2 million towards the cause of providing relief in Puerto Rico. The Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund are two organizations founded for relief efforts by last year by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family. The Tony Award-winning actor and creator of the hit multi-award winning musical, Hamilton, is perhaps the most famous person to have come out of the island.
Winfrey's expected donation was announced on Monday by Lin-Manuel Miranda's organizations. Each of these organizations is expected to receive an amount of $1 million for a number of revitalization projects in the island. As a child, Miranda would often visit his grandparents in the island along with his parents who were based in the U.S. and he has often talked about fond memories on the island and his love for the people.
Miranda had organized a production of his musical, Hamilton, at the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, at the beginning of the year. Winfrey had attended the musical following which she said she had been inspired to donate to the cause of rebuilding and rehabilitating of the disaster-hit island. She said in a statement: I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring ‘Hamilton’ to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty and heritage.
She added: The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real. As many as 3,000 Puerto Ricans have died after Hurricane Maria struck it 2017. This was weeks after Hurricane Irma had just wreaked havoc on the island. The island is still facing a lot of power outages, food shortages and is in need of humongous medical aid. Instead of helping out, President Donald Trump has continuously ridiculed Puerto Ricans and its politicians for seeking resources to recover from the hurricanes.
He has tweeted about figures without basing anything on facts and has time and again talked about the cost to the U.S. exchequer from relief efforts and corruption of the Puerto Rican officials and administrators. In an interview with CNN Puerto Rico's Governor. Ricardo Rosselló said that he will not be bullied by the administration or allow the people of Puerto Rico to be treated like “second-class citizens.” He told the channel, “If the bully gets close, I’ll punch the bully in the mouth. It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage.”
Twitter handle, UnapologeticallyDif wrote: Our #wcw goes to the one and only @oprah! Giving back is nothing new to this phenomenal woman who is an inspiration for us all. Her latest act of philanthropy is donating $2 million to the Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts. Another Twitter user, Erin Schrode wrote: As the US government continues to fail its own citizens in Puerto Rico, Oprah steps up to donate $2 million to recovery + resiliency, half for ongoing relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, half for @Lin_Manuel’s arts + culture fund. Gracias, @Oprah!
Luis A. Miranda, Jr.wrote on Twitter: Hola! I got butterflies on my stomach & a sense of humility when @Oprah supported our work in Puerto Rico @HispanicFed @FlamboyanFDN @Lin_Manuel. Twitter handle, Mat Ake, put a pertinent point forward of the government providing relief instead of celebrities. He wrote: Hurricane Maria who pulled in over Puerto Rico 2017. Was terrible. Here the US should set up for its people on the island. There should be no need for celebrities to solve the task of the US government. But good that Oprah Winfrey shows her compassion.