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...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!
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.
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.
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...read more