(This picture was taken from September 15, 2019)
Hello, people. My name is Jon the VGNerd, and I currently live in Puerto Rico with a pretty unstable life (not family life, but economically-wise related to overall living). Prepare for a long description, and I can assure you, there won’t be any one-liners throughout regarding the fundraiser:
Living in Puerto Rico used to be great, though as the years passed by, it’s gotten progressively bad, or even worse, for a large number of reasons. Jobs, including their minimum wages, are stagnant at best, which makes normal living through regular pay difficult because of the rising unemployment rate, and jobs being far too choosy on which person to hire and which person to be left out despite meeting certain requirements. Not only that, half of the jobs do not understand English whatsoever. And mind you that Puerto Rico is a US territory yet Spanish is far more spoken than English; therefore, you won’t see much locals, especially in smaller areas, speak English, much less understand it.
In addition, corruption as a result of incompetent politicians is prevalent, and former governments in the past (which I won’t name for obvious reasons) borrowed a lot of money that resulted the island to go into an inescapable debt and expect us to pay for it, which also makes job-finding near impossible, and minimum wages are being gradually reduced over time. Hence, I’ve been unable to find a job myself since 2014, even though I have a bachelor’s degree in business and administration. That’s five long years, and each and every year doesn’t get any better. And I’m fed up with their empty promises, along with their lies and slanders.
Puerto Rico’s infrastructure isn’t the best either. Why? Ask PREPA (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority). They’re notorious for frequent power outages because of their decades-old power grid that’s barely running from continuous neglect in terms of maintenance, including them not wanting to upgrade to a better electrical grid, especially solar energy. Yet they dump their money on unnecessary things instead of upgrading to a better electrical grid. And yet because of their neglectful actions, power outages happen far too frequently, be it from bad weather or complete incompetence, and this is happening more often than not. And back in September 2017 is where me and my family were greatly affected by Hurricane Maria, which basically caused serious damage to the entire island, and we barely get any help or relief efforts whatsoever from mismanagement that took roughly two whole months to restore the power, save for my relatives back in the states who provided us with food and medicine. And yet the damage was already done. At least me and my family are still alive as of this year. Can’t say the same for the rest of the people who did not move on even after two years and are still suffering and needy. I’d love to help them out, though I’m afraid they’ll either take advantage of my attempted kindness or just straight up call me out for being a freeloader (essentially known as biting the hand that feeds them).
I read that PREPA will have been privatized by next year, but sadly, it’s a clear case of too little, too late. Because of their repeated lies, I see no hope for them to ever improve if they’ll just slip themselves back to their neglectful ways of intentionally causing power outages due to their aged electrical grid that has never given a major makeover after all these countless years from obvious mismanagement. If any, I just want to move to the states for a better opportunity. Specifically Texas.
Why Texas, you ask? Well, I was recommended by someone because of better affordability, along with better opportunities and generally unaffected by natural disasters, especially hurricanes, mainly in the northern areas. Normally, I’d sell my house for a profit, though that’s only going to get me far. The housing market in Puerto Rico is abysmal, and the house that I live in sells way under $100k, which will not be enough because half of the people want free houses at no cost because the majority of the residents are of medium-to-low income, with only a select few having a substantial income. In other words, they’d rather buy houses at ridiculously cheap prices, or entirely for free.
I’ve also applied different jobs in Puerto Rico, all which were turned down or went indefinitely silent because they either consider me as underqualified/overqualified or do not see me fit as work material or view me as having no experience. They sure love to pass up opportunities, don’t they? Even one job I’ve applied was known as Xerox, who instead hired someone else instead of me (and the same guy they hired ended up firing afterwards), so they’ve clearly ruined their chances of hiring someone with serious potential, and re-applying for that same job again will only make them turn my application down again.
Honestly, I just want to start things over again with a new and better life, and my parents agree that they wish to move as well. I’m fed up with the lousy conditions that doesn’t allow me to be hired by substantial employers who are far too selective in hiring people for work, and most employers do not speak or understand English. And I’m also fed up with politicians constantly creating false promises that never come to fruition. And Puerto Rico will never be the next state in the US, especially with too many things going wrong also. In fact, if it even does become a state, it’ll likely be a failed one because of corruption that continues to go unsolved, with money-borrowing being one of them.
I can’t stress enough that my fundraising goal is substantially large, especially when it comes to actually buying a house/apartment without having to go through rent because I was unable to work for reasons I’ve already explained from the two previous paragraphs. Luckily, I don’t live through it, though that’s the only redeemable factor. Everything else are just side-effects, none of which are good, and Puerto Rico doesn’t receive the same benefits as in the states. At all. Sure I could sell some of the things that I don’t want, but it won’t be enough, especially with high shipping costs and seller fees, which doesn’t make things fair for me. And I could sell my house, though the price is terribly dirt cheap. And all I could do is to try and reach out to those who are willing to help me refresh and start over from scratch. As for my personal goal? Originally, I wanted to work on computers, though now I’m thinking of working as an auto mechanic through college, but everything is subject to change, who knows.
Hope my story is enough to convince people to help me get a fresh start in life.
Any and all funds, big or small, are greatly appreciated. And I highly recommend sharing this with your friends who are willing to help and donate. Thank you.