WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 and became the worst natural disaster on record to impact the island. Puerto Rico was already in financial crisis when Maria hit and its infrastructure was already dangerously vulnerable. The category 4 hurricane wiped out the island's power grid along with thousands of homes, businesses and government buildings. Recovery has been, and will continue to be, painfully slow. It took nearly a year to fully restore power to the island. Four out of 10 Puerto Ricans have reported losing a job in the storm's aftermath. Long term development is needed, but short term recovery is still a pressing issue.
Partnering with Carlos Rodriguez and Happy Sonship, as well as local partners, One Collective is helping to provide short and long term solutions. Current recovery efforts are focused on assisting with the greatest needs in under-resourced communities--primarily liveable housing. Roof damage from Maria was widespread and many homes are still covered with blue tarps. From now through August 2019 our top priority is partnering with local communities to help those who remain vulnerable to future storms without the means to replace their own roof.
Short-term teams and funding for reconstruction are urgently needed. Such sacrificial service in the months ahead will help lay the groundwork for longer term development efforts in communities like Quebradillas and others.