"Punta Santiago was one of the hardest hit communities by Hurricane Maria. The combination of storm surge, sewage and torrential rain destroyed materials and equipment of the Preschool. The 37 student preschool is in urgent need of the materials listed in this wishlist. Please help us achieve our goal and share our wishlist with your family and friends... "read more
'We are the forgotten people': It's been almost six months since Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Ricans are still dying
Maunabo, Puerto Rico (CNN) Lourdes Rodriguez heard the scream early on the morning of January 6, before the sun rose and before the frogs began their chorus.
She instantly recognized the voice of her father, Natalio Rodriguez Lebron, 77, a former nurse who cared for the mentally ill, people he believed society had forgotten. She darted up the stairs.read more
The children of Punta Santiago will tell you how the ocean came into their homes.
They'll tell you how their parents tied them to their waists with rope and plowed through saltwater in search of safety.
They'll tell you how their town is racing to make sure they're prepared if it happens again.
It's been six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into this small town in Humacao on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. Little more than two months now stand between its 5,000 or so residents and the next hurricane season.read more
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
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
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.
More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, scientists are still scrambling to save the more than 1,000 rhesus monkeys that live on a small piece of land off the main island’s southeast coast.read more
CAYO SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico — As thousands of troops and government workers struggle to restore normal life to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists is racing to save more than 1,000 monkeys whose brains may contain clues to some of the most important mysteries of the human mind.read more
As thousands of troops and government workers struggle to restore normal life to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists is racing to save more than 1,000 macaque monkeys whose brains may contain clues to mysteries of the human mind. (Oct. 6) APread more
Imagine you're on a tropical island in the Caribbean. There are coconut trees, rocky cliffs, blue-green waters. But now, imagine there are hundreds of monkeys on this island. And, these monkeys have a disease that could kill you, if you're not careful. What you're picturing is a real-life island off the coast of Puerto Rico.read more
Dr. Edmund Kraiselburd, Director, Caribbean Primate Research Centre: "The longevity of this programme is mainly behavioural research. In the island there is no vaccine developing studies or anything like that. You will find mainly people who are studying sociobiology, the study of how monkeys interact with themselves - What is fear? How do you choose your mate? How you exert power on others? And so, essentially monkeys, in a way, they are a reflection on us, what we are, why we behave this way. So people are using monkeys as a model to understand humans, in a way. So understanding monkeys, we understand ourselves."read more