A Year After Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
This blog was written by María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, a Puerto Rican who lives on the island and works as Project Manager for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza.
Today, Thursday, September 20, 2018, marks the one-year anniversary of the day that Hurricane Maria passed through the territory of Puerto Rico. We at Casa de Esperanza have been paying attention to support and recovery efforts, as well as sharing the information through social media channels.
To commemorate this first anniversary, we reflect on the achievements and challenges that continue to face thousands of Puerto Rican families. Puerto Rico is facing a complex and unprecedented crisis which is the result of countless historical, cultural, social, political and economic causes.
As can be seen in the photo, many houses are covered with awnings because they lack a safe roof; this implies that they are still exposed to the consequences of inclement weather. If you are interested in obtaining more information or supporting recovery efforts, you can do so through the organization Coordinadora Paz para la Mujer — Puerto Rico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
In the face of all the challenges, Puerto Rican people continue to organize and come together. These gathering spaces facilitate alliances, information exchanges, reflection, and the development of alternative solutions to face the different challenges that the country presents. We invite you to read the “Manifesto of Emergency and Hope,” which was born of Junte Gente’s invitation to answer the question, What can we do together that we couldn’t do separately?
To access the manifesto in Spanish: http://juntegente.org/manifiesto/
To access the manifesto in English: http://juntegente.org/en/manifiesto/