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.
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