SOS Proisland, the major concert of Colombian artists that raised 13,000 million pesos for San Andrés



Today a woman observes the damage to her home amid the debris left by the passage of Hurricane Iota, on the island of Providencia, San Andrés archipelago, Colombia.  EFE / Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda
Today a woman observes the damage to her home among the rubble left by the passage of Hurricane Iota, on the island of Providencia, San Andrés archipelago, Colombia. EFE / Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

Hurricane Iota devastated the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina last weekend, severely affecting this island region of the country. A day after the events were recorded, the President of the Republic, Iván Duque, announced that only in the case of Providencia, 98% of the infrastructure had been destroyed.

“The damage to the infrastructure, which we also appreciated from the viaduct, is practically a 98% – 99% destruction of our infrastructure”Said the president.

Faced with this, initiatives trying to contribute to the reconstruction of the archipelago have multiplied and in this way, help the victims affected by the natural phenomenon, which hit Colombian territory on Nov. 16, reaching the dreaded Category 5 on the Shariff Simpson scale.

On Sunday, November 22, the Colombian artists came together to lend a hand in the recovery of the islands. With the SOS Proisland concert, dozens of national musicians brought the best of their art to raise funds that can help the archipelago at this critical time.

The campaign was supported by the Colombia Cuida Colombia Initiative and according to the figures published on its web portal, the show, which was held virtually, managed to raise 13,000 million pesos in cash and in kind.

The concert took place from 2 pm next Sunday and It was directed by the island musician Elkin Robinson. It also featured the participation of great stars of Colombian music such as Carlos Vives, Juan Pablo Vega, Andrés Cepeda, Fonseca, Monsieur Periné, Yuri Toro, Ana del Castillo, La Perla, Chabuco, Juanes, Alert Kamarada, Buxxi, Silvestre Dangond, Mister Black, Adriana Lucía, among others.

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According to Colombia Cuida Colombia, the show had 300,000 people connected with the broadcast, which could be enjoyed via Facebook Live of Pro Archipiélago, a non-profit foundation, which, according to its web portal, “aims at the implementation of socio-economic models that promote the sustainable development of the Archipelago Department, in order to improve the quality of life of its improve residents’.

The initiative in turn was supported by 300 partner organizations and companies, Including Spotify, Youtube, The Latin Recording Academy and Claro Música.

Those interested can continue to donate to the charity of Colombia, caring for Colombia by visiting their website.

On the other hand, other Colombian musicians and artists also joined the initiative We’re one for Providencia, sending an emotional message inviting all Colombians to contribute with donations which help to alleviate the difficult situation of the islanders. People can donate to this cause through the Aid Live Foundation web portal.

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