In late August, a team of New York Times journalists visited Punta Santiago, a small town in southeast Puerto Rico near where Hurricane Maria made landfall. They documented the damage that remains from the storm in more than 150 homes. People here have waited months for repairs with little relief. A year later, in house after house, it looks like the hurricane just hit.read more
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!
AN OVERVIEW OF OUR WORK IN PUNTA SANTIAGO
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.
Researchers also found residents weren’t adequately prepared and that doctors were confused about how to classify the dead.read more