Nov 5, 2019

Thank You for Helping Us Build 113 Resilient Roofs

Jose in Front of His Newly Roofed Home
Jose in Front of His Newly Roofed Home

As Techos para el Caño comes to a close, we have continued to build new, safe, resilient roofs for Hurricane Maria survivors in Caño communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Our goal has been to provide quality, professionally built roofs; and we have successfully accomplished this goal. With your support and that of nonprofit organizations, we have built 113 roofs for Hurricane Maria affected families.

Throughout the project, our architects have ensured each roof built is safe, resilient, well designed, and adapts to each home’s specific situation. They have assessed a total of 120 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and, as safety is a priority, to ensure they­ could appropriately support a new roof. Seven of these roofs were unfixable due to various complications, including the extreme severity of the damages endured by the homes.

Our contractors carried out roof repairs or construction as specified by our architects, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction in each case. Thanks to your generous donations and the support of non-profit organizations, 113 families now safely live under new, resilient, permanent roofs. We expect to build 1 additional roof before Techos para el Caño fully comes to a close.

Every one of the 113 roofs built has been inspected by our architects to ensure quality and compliance with standards. We are proud to report that the roofs have passed inspection, meaning roofs inspected have been constructed according to the specifications set by our architects. We are very satisfied with the quality of the roofs built, but are most impressed by the effects they’ve had on people.

We have been touched and inspired by the impact Techos para el Caño has had on community members, not only on their physical health and material security, but also the positive effect it has had on their emotional wellbeing. Such is the case of Edgardo, a bedridden, elderly community member whose roof we rebuilt. After the roof’s rebuilding, the family have also been able to repair their garden, which is visible from Edgardo’s window. His daughters have remarked that “dad feels very happy.” They reached out to express their gratitude:

Hoy agradezco a el G-8, a mi líder comunitaria y a las personas que hicieron posible la construcción del techo de la casa de mi papá después de haber tocado tantas puertas. Gracias, gracias, gracias.” 

“Today I thank G-8, my community leader, and the people who made possible the construction of the roof of my dad’s house after having knocked on so many doors. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

-          Viviana, Don Edgardo’s daughter

 Other community members are happy and satisfied as well:

 “Muchas gracias. Todo el que ve el techo le gusta. Estoy muy feliz, ya no hay filtraciones.”

“Thanks so much. Everyone who sees the roof likes it. I’m very happy. There are no more leaks.”

 -          Don Cosme, homeowner

 “En verdad estoy bien agradecido. Me hicieron un buen techo.

“Truthfully, I’m very grateful. They’ve built me a good roof.”

 -          José, homeowner

We extend this same gratitude to you for being a part of rebuilding people’s homes and their lives. We hope we can continue to count on your support for our next long-term disaster resilience projects and community development initiatives. As Don Edgardo’s daughter would say: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Edgardo's Roof, Viewed from His Garden
Edgardo's Roof, Viewed from His Garden
Edgardo's Roof, Interior Hallway View
Edgardo's Roof, Interior Hallway View
Don Cosme in His Newly Roofed Porch
Don Cosme in His Newly Roofed Porch

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Aug 6, 2019

A Stronger Community and 109 New Resilient Roofs

Juanita's Newly Built Roof, Exterior View
Juanita's Newly Built Roof, Exterior View

Techos para el Caño has continued to build new, safe, resilient roofs for Hurricane Maria survivors in Caño communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Our goal has been to provide quality, professionally built roofs. Our architects have ensured the roofs built are safe, resilient, well designed, and adapt to each home’s specific situation. They have assessed a total of 118 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and, as safety is a priority, to ensure they­ could appropriately support a new roof.

Contractors carried out roof repairs or construction as specified by our architects, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. Thanks to your generous donations and the support of non-profit organizations, 109 families now safely live under new, resilient, permanent roofs. Another 5 roofs are currently under construction. All 109 roofs built have been inspected by our architects to ensure quality and compliance with standards. Every roof has passed inspection, meaning roofs inspected have been constructed according to the specifications set by our architects. When the additional 5 roofs are fully constructed, they will be evaluated. We foresee no issues and expect satisfactory results.

 Techos para el Caño has built more than roofs; It has built a stronger community. Some beneficiaries are integrating into community processes and offering their support as volunteers. Such is the case of José, a car mechanic who benefitted from a new roof, who has given free car repair workshops to community members, and has committed to continue helping the community and our organization. Those who can’t help hope we can continue our efforts so more people can benefit. Residents are, now more than ever, seeing the value of grassroots organizations and the role they can play in community development. When people receive generosity, they are inclined to give it back. Don’t take our word for it, hear what community member have to say:

“Un proyecto que está dando buenos resultados y que ayuda a crecer a la comunidad. Estoy muy agradecido con lo que hicieron, lo hicieron bien y rápido.”

“A project that is having very good results and helps the community grow. I’m very grateful for what you’ve done. You made it well and did it quickly.”

-          José, homeowner

“Espectacularmente, muy agradecida. ¡Quedó de show! Cambió hasta la fachada de la casa. Ya no tengo calor, no me mojo. Me gustaría que hicieran más a los que necesitan”.

“Spectacularly, very grateful. The roof is spectacular! Even my home’s façade changed. I don’t suffer the heat anymore, and I don’t get wet. I would like you to build more roofs for those who need them.”

-          Brenda, homeowner

With your support, we’ve been to help many more families than we had initially hoped. We thank you for the part you have played in creating a better community.

Brenda's Newly Built Roof Exterior View
Brenda's Newly Built Roof Exterior View
Brenda in Front of Her Newly Roofed Home
Brenda in Front of Her Newly Roofed Home
Jose's Newly Roofed Home, Exterior Side View
Jose's Newly Roofed Home, Exterior Side View
Close-up Roof Support System
Close-up Roof Support System

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May 9, 2019

Techos para el Cano: Over 100 roofs built!

Nilda in front of her newly built roof
Nilda in front of her newly built roof

Techos para el Caño continues to build new, safe, resilient roofs for Hurricane Maria survivors in Caño communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We are glad to share that we have built over 100 roofs!

Our goal has been, and continues to be, to provide quality, professionally-built roofs. Our architects ensure the roofs built are safe, resilient, well designed, and adapt to each home’s specific situation. They have assessed a total of 113 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and, as safety is a priority, to ensure they­ can appropriately support a new roof.

Contractors have carried out roof repairs or construction as specified by our architects, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. To date, thanks to your generosity and donations from nonprofit organizations, we’ve provided 101 families new, resilient, permanent roofs. Another 5 roofs are currently under construction.

Of the 101 roofs built, 96 have been inspected by our architects to ensure quality and compliance with standards. Every roof has passed inspection, meaning roofs inspected have been constructed according to the specifications set by our architects. The remaining 5 roofs are in the process of being evaluated, but we foresee no issues and expect satisfactory results.

Thank you for helping us accomplish what we have so far. We are grateful for your support, but community members with new roofs are more grateful than we could ever be:  

“Les quiero dar muchas gracias y gracias a mi líder comunitario. Yo había buscado ayuda antes y ya tengo techo. Yo no podía hacerlo.”

“I want to thank you very much, and thanks to my community leader. I had sough help before; and now I have a roof. I couldn’t do it myself.”

-   Raúl, homeowner

 “Siempre agradeceré la oportunidad de ayuda.”

“I will always be grateful for the opportunity of help.”

-  Nilda, homeowner

At over a year and a half since Hurricane Maria, many still live in severely damaged homes. People who did not receive aid used scrap materials to repair their roofs. The repairs done out of necessity with damaged materials are frequently inadequate, riddled with filtrations; so, people continue living in unsafe conditions, enduring health issues and material-possession loss. We’ve broadened our level-of-roof damage criteria to include those who performed insufficient repairs with deficient materials, so we can help more people. With your support, Techos para el Caño can provide the professionally built roof they deserve.

Raul's Roof Under Construction - Interior View
Raul's Roof Under Construction - Interior View

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