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WORKING IN PUNTA

Marie Dolores Butter Romero
Marie, 84, is landlord to visiting CPRC researchers. During Hurricane Maria, she and her six dogs were trapped when the storm surge raged in, moving her furniture and blocking her exits...

WORKING IN PUNTA

Alfonso Lugo Colón
A 79 year old recent widower, had been living without a roof or walls since September. In addition to providing food and water, the CPRC covered his house multiple times with blue tarps to protect him from the elements...

PUERTO RICO'S PUNTA SANTIAGO COMMUNITY AND MONKEY ISLAND

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HELP THE PUNTA SANTIAGO COMMUNITY AND MONKEY ISLAND REBUILD THEIR LIVES

Punta Santiago was arguably one of the hardest hit communities when Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The combination of storm surge, sewage and torrential rain destroyed thousands of homes and everything in and around them. The storm also devastated most of the residents' opportunities to make a living. Adding insult to injury, this community still has no power, and the re-establishment of the power is not expected until late spring or early summer! And yet, despite the daily challenges of gathering food, water and building materials for themselves, the people of Punta Santiago have never ceased to care for the over 1,500 monkeys on Monkey Island!

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PROJECT MONKEY ISLAND

After two hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, the staff has been up against extreme odds. Daily, they never cease to provide food, water, and care to the monkeys, only to return to their own homes which have been devastated. Without our help, resources will soon be exhausted and the people and monkeys will suffer.

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WHAT IS NEEDED TO HELP OUR FELLOW PUERTO RICAN-AMERICANS

Punta's damages are simply overwhelming. The daily challenges endured by the people there are unimaginable. In a trip made in December of 2017, a group of U.S. mainland colleagues, friends, and families helped nine Puerto Rican families rebuild and repair their homes and replace basic necessities like gas stoves, mattresses and roof tarps. Project Monkey Island is now organizing a second trip to Puerto Rico for April of 2018. But we need your help. Below are types of donations that are desperately needed in order to make a dent in the severely damaged neighborhoods.

RECENT HEADLINES

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Scientists Unite to Save "Monkey Island" After Hurricane Maria

When Hurricane Maria ripped through the Caribbean last September, the small town of Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico, was devastated. Many homes were destroyed, and people lost reliable access to electricity, clean water, and food. In addition to making sure their own families and neighbors had what they needed to get by, some of Punta Santiago's residents had another pressing concern: the fate of 1,700 rhesus macaques living on an island a kilometer away...

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Volunteers repair houses in Punta Santiago destroyed by María

Don Alfonso Lugo Colón stared enraptured at his renovated wooden house in the Punta Santiago plots. At 79, a sweet smile was drawn on his face and he never tired of thanking "those good people". He was referring to a brigade of 40 volunteers - all Americans and a Puerto Rican resident of Texas - who left the island yesterday, after arriving on December 26...

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Rescuing Monkey Island: Daily Planet

This year, Hurricane Maria blasted through Puerto Rico- including its tiny island of Cayo Santiago- home of a troop of around 1,000 rhesus macaque monkeys. We met the group of caretakers who went rushing to save the monkeys and the island.

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