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Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico

by G-8, Grupo de las Ocho Comunidades Aledañas al Caño Martín Peña
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
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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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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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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Home with Newly-Built Roof - Exterior View
Home with Newly-Built Roof - Exterior View

Techos para el Caño is hard at work ensuring our community members have a new, resilient roof to replace the one Hurricane Maria took from them.

As has been the case throughout the duration of the project, providing quality, professionally-built roofs has been our goal. 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 97 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and, as safety is a priority, to ensure they­ can appropriately support a new roof. In the past, if a home could not support a roof without additional repairs, we were unable to help. We’ve since considered homes that need additional minor repairs to support a roof to evaluate on a case by case basis if the additional repairs are viable, while still guaranteeing structural safety and maintaining the repairs within the allotted budget. We’ve had success with this strategy, allowing us to help a greater number of families.

Contractors have carried out roof repairs or construction as specified by our architects, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. Your donations, along with those of nonprofit organizations, have helped us provide 90 families new, resilient, permanent roofs.

After they have been fully constructed, each of these 90 roofs has been inspected by our architects to ensure quality and compliance with standards. Every inspection has yielded positive results, meaning roofs inspected have been constructed according to the specifications set by our architects. Our community members agree that the roofs are up to standards. Their reactions show that what seems to be most striking for those we’ve helped is the quality of the work done:

“Es una maravilla, un trabajo profesional y genuino que solo ellos hacen. Ahora puedo pasar un huracán en ella. ¡Muchas gracias!”

“It’ marvelous, professional and genuine work that only they [the work crew] can do. Now I could endure another hurricane in it [my home]. Thank you very much!”

-          Eliseo, homeowner

“Estoy bien satisfecha. El trabajo es de calidad. Doy gracias a Dios y pido bendiciones para todos. Las pasé feo luego del huracán. Buscaba ayuda y no la conseguía, hasta que llegaron ustedes.”

“I’m very satisfied. It’s quality work. I give thanks to God and ask for blessings for everyone. I had an awful time after the hurricane. I sought aid but didn’t get it, until you arrived.”

-          Roselia, homeowner

“Estoy bien agradecido. Ahora sé que tengo un techo que aguanta. Quedó bien.”

“I’m very grateful. Now I know that I have a roof that holds up. It was well done.”

-          Marcos, homeowner

We’ve surpassed our initial goal of how many roofs we would build, but we will continue to help as far as funding allows and there is need in our communities. Many still live under tarps, and for some, we are the only aid they will receive. We thank you for your part in the aid we provide. With your help, we can continue to build the kind of roof our community members deserve.

Eliseo's New Roof - Interior View
Eliseo's New Roof - Interior View
Eliseo Admiring His New Roof
Eliseo Admiring His New Roof
Roselia's Newly-Built Roof - Exterior View
Roselia's Newly-Built Roof - Exterior View
Marco's New Roof - Exterior View
Marco's New Roof - Exterior View
Marco's Next to His Newly-Roofed Home
Marco's Next to His Newly-Roofed Home

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Ramonita's Roof
Ramonita's Roof

Techos para el Caño continues to work for Caño residents so they can live safely sheltered under a new, resilient roof.

Our architects continue to ensure that the roofs built are safe, resilient, well designed, and adapt to each home’s specific situation. They have assessed a total of 83 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and to ensure that they can appropriately support a new roof. They have adjusted the typical design to each home’s particular situation, designed individual, specific roof repairs, producing a plan for construction for over 76 of those homes.

Contractors have carried out roof repairs or construction as specified by the architect, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. Donations from people like you, with support from nonprofits, have helped us build new, resilient, permanent roofs for a total of 73 families.

After they have been fully constructed, each of these 73 roofs has been inspected by our architects to ensure quality and compliance with standards. All inspections have yielded positive results, meaning roofs inspected have been constructed according to the standards and specifications set by our architects.

The Techos para el Caño community leader committee continues to be an asset, providing valuable insight for our team of professionals, and helping families through the process, as is the case with Ramonita. Hurricane Maria took Ramonita’s roof, and left her with a devasted home. She lived in the second story, which could not support a new roof, so it seemed we could not help her. A member of the committee proposed a creative solution: If she could find a way to demolish the already unusable second story, and begin repairing the first story, we could build a resilient roof to make her a home. She found a way, and so did we, giving her a chance to rebuild her home and start over. 

“Se los agradezco mucho. Ese techo quedó precioso. Todo el mundo me dice: ¡qué lindo ese techo! Ahora voy a hacer mi piso poco a poco.”

“I thank you so much. The roof is gorgeous. Everyone tells me: ‘that roof is beautiful!’ Now I’m going to do my floors, bit by bit.” 

-          Ramonita, homeowner

Oher community members have been just as satisfied as Ramonita, and have also seen their new roof as a new beginning for their homes: 

“Estoy agradecido. Ahora voy poco a poco arreglando mi casita.”

“I’m thankful. Now, I can begin fixing my home, bit by bit.”

-          Don Hector, homeowner

“Yo le llamo super techo. ¡Aguanta de tó!”

“I call it ‘super roof.’ It can withstand anything!”

-          Luz, homeowner 

It has been over one year since Puerto Rico was hit by the category 4, full force of Hurricane Maria, yet many people still lack the roof Maria took from them. Too many people still need help, so we will build as many roofs as funding allows. We thank you for your support, and ask that you help us give more people new beginnings.

Hector in front of his newly-roofed home
Hector in front of his newly-roofed home
Hector's Roof - Interior
Hector's Roof - Interior
Luz's "Super Roof" - Interior
Luz's "Super Roof" - Interior

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