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 | Aug 6, 2019
A Stronger Community and 109 New Resilient Roofs

By Natalie Colon-Arroyo | External Resources Consultant

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

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