Puerto Rico Update: REBUILDING HOPE
February 15, 2018/in Relief + Development Stories, relief+development /by Crossroads
Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in late September of last year, and more than 4 months later, residents are still struggling to regain their footing. Approximately 450,000 of Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million electricity customers are still without power, and those who do have electricity suffer frequent blackouts. While work continues slowly on restoring power, the tremendous destruction has resulted in a cascade of further problems, including job losses, foreclosures and increase in crime as people are frustrated and desperate.
David Shelley and Cheryl Weber recently visited Puerto Rico to see first-hand the impact your donations are having. They met with families who were very thankful for the food and water we have been able to provide through our partner. As they traveled out of San Juan, however, they could see the devastation everywhere and realized there is still much to be done. Damaged homes are covered in tarps with the hopes of keeping the rains out, debris is everywhere and yet there is hope. They’ve seen it in the smiling faces of people who realize that we’ve come to help. Will you please continue to support our efforts as we move forward in providing construction materials so families can repair their homes?.