Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico

by G-8, Grupo de las Ocho Comunidades Aledanas al Cano Martin Pena
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

Project Report | May 9, 2019
Techos para el Cano: Over 100 roofs built!

By Natalie M Colon-Arroyo | External Resources Consultant

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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Project Leader:
Maria del Mar Santiago
San Juan , Puerto Rico

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