Current Projects / February 2018 -

Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico Recovery

About NECHAMA’s Puerto Rico Recovery Project

Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record for Puerto Rico. The tenth-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide of 2017. The storm caused widespread devastation to homes, businesses, and livelihoods, exacerbating an already tenuous economic situation on the island. 

In early February 2018, 4 months after Maria, many homes were still without power, water, and suffered structural damage. We spent a week on the island connecting with locals, partners, FEMA, and others to spearhead a first-ever Project for the organization outside the continental United States.

NECHAMA has been focused on returning homes to shelterable states with a focus on roof repairs and other minor fixes, so families can be safer during future storms. We’ve also been looking at a more holistic approach to community resiliance and sustainability through our efforts.

This summer, NECHAMA is partnering with the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) for a 10 week program in Puerto Rico. Learn more about this exciting program here.

Please donate today to support our efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Volunteer With NECHAMA In Puerto Rico

We are not currently accepting volunteers for this Project. Please click the button below to fill out our interest form and we will reach out to you within 24 hours.

This summer we are running a parternship program with SUNY & CUNY.

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Project Contacts

Mariana Micheli

Operations Manager

(952) 255-6815

David Kaplan

Press Contact

(952) 255-6822

Puerto Rico Updates

Puerto Rico Stories – Lurian

Lurian’s family was hit by both Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017. When Irma hit first, it took out the electricity and water supply. When Maria hit a few weeks... Read More

Staff Highlight – Meet Juan

“Life’s going to happen, and you’re either going to prepare for it or it is going to hit you.”  Our newest Team Leader (TL) in Puerto Rico, Juan Pablo Molina,... Read More

NECHAMA Launches Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser

Today is day ONE of NECHAMA’s 4th SUNY and CUNY cohort for our Puerto Rico summer project. This group has an immense amount of energy! They spent the morning at... Read More

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