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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 Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Site Visit Verified
Ada
Ada's Finished Roof

Techos para el Caño continues to move forward, providing safe, resilient roofs for Hurricane Maria survivors in Caño communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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 over 54 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and to ensure that they can appropriately support a new roof. They adjust the typical design to each home’s particular situation, design individual, specific roof repairs, and produce a plan for construction. More assessments and designs are underway.

Contractors have carried out roof repairs or construction as specified by the architect, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. Thanks to your donations, and with the support of nonprofits, a total of 45 families now have a new, resilient, permanent roof over their heads. We will continue working to provide safe, resilient roofs for Caño Martín Peña families.

Our architects inspect each roof after it has been fully constructed to ensure quality and compliance with standards. Inspections for 43 of the 45 roofs constructed have been completed. Inspections have yielded positive results, meaning roofs inspected have been constructed according to the standards and specifications set by our architects.

Each family we help has unique situations and problems that can delay construction of the roofs. We’ve adjusted the project’s team so families have access, not only to professionals (architects and contractors), but also to support from their peers. A Techos para el Caño committee has been created by G-8 through which community leaders provide support to the families and act as liaisons between families, contractors, architects and other team members. This has helped keep the project progressing, while still being sensitive to people’s needs.

Since over 1,000 homes lost their roofs, there is still great need in our communities, so we now hope to build roofs for at least 80 of the affected families. With your support we can continue helping many more Caño families. The gratitude expressed by our community members inspires us to continue helping people rebuild their homes and their lives. We invite you to be inspired by their words as well:

 “Tengo que comprar una tarjeta para dar las gracias a G-8, porque ese techo quedó precioso. Estoy muy agradecida pues ya mi mamá puede estar tranquila.”

“I have to buy a greeting card to thank G-8, because this roof is beautiful. I’m very grateful because now my mom can have peace of mind.”

-          Daughter of Doña Juanita

“Estoy feliz con el techo; ¡quedó de show!”

“I’m happy with the roof; it’s spectacular!”

-          Doña María, homeowner

“Buenas tardes, agradeciéndole muchísimo su colaboración para la construcción del techo de mi casa y todo el equipo de trabajo que colaboró en que esto se lograra. Gracias mil y muchas bendiciones a todos...”.

“Good afternoon, thanking you very much for your collaboration for the construction of the roof of my home, and thanks to the whole team who collaborated so this could be accomplished. A thousand thanks, and many blessings to everyone…”

-          Doña Nilda, homeowner

“Esto es una bendición del cielo”.

“This is a blessing from heaven.”

-          Kimberly, homeowner

Carmen
Carmen's Finished Roof
Hector
Hector's Roof Under Construction
Hector
Hector's Finished Roof
Kimberly
Kimberly's Roof Under Construction
Kimberly
Kimberly's Finished Resilient Roof

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Exterior Carmen
Exterior Carmen's roof

Techos para el Caño is progressing satisfactorily, helping families recover from Hurricane Maria effects by providing safe and resilient roofs. 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 27 homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and 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 23 of those homes. More assessments and designs are currently underway.

Contractors then carry out roof repairs or construction as specified by the architect, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. Thanks to donations from non-profit organizations and people like you, a total of 23 families have a new, resilient, permanent roof over their heads. More roofs are underway, and we will continue to work to provide safe, resilient roofs for Caño Martín Peña families. 

Our architects inspect each roof after it has been fully constructed to ensure quality and compliance with standards. Currently, inspections for all of the 23 roofs constructed have been completed. All inspections have yielded positive results, meaning all the roofs have been constructed according to the standards and specifications set by our architects. The most important reviews the roofs will get are the ones that come from homeowners themselves.

“Durante el huracán las ráfagas de viento sonaban increíblemente fuerte. Perdí mi techo y, básicamente, todo lo que tenía en el segundo piso de la casa. Usé toldos, pero el agua se colaba como quiera. Estoy muy agradecido y satisfecho con mi techo nuevo”.

“During the hurricane, wind gusts made an incredibly loud sound. I lost my roof and, basically, everything I had in the second story of my home. I used tarps, but water filtered in anyway. I’m very grateful and satisfied with my new roof.”

-       Don Ricardo, homeowner

“Gracias a dios, hasta ahora, no se cola la lluvia. Estoy agradecida y conforme, con dios y con ustedes”.

“Thank god, so far, the rain does not leak through. I’m thankful and satisfied, with god and with you.”

-       Doña Yolanda, homeowner

“Bueno hasta ahora, gracias a Dios, estoy contenta porque tengo mi techo. No he terminado todavía [el resto de las reparaciones], pero ya, gracias a Dios, espero que ese techo aguante”.

“So far, thank god, I’m happy because I have my roof. I haven’t finished yet [the rest of the repairs], but now, thank god, I expect this roof to endure.”

-       Doña Carmen, homeowner

“Y ahora pues gracias a Dios tengo el techo que no me mojo, porque cuando tenía el toldo también pasé bastante porque me mojaba. Gracias a G-8 le doy por esto que me hicieron”.

“And now, thank god, I have the roof and I don’t get wet. When I had the tarp, I did get wet. I give thanks to G-8 for this that they’ve done for me.”

-       Don Luis, homeowner

The reviews we receive from our community members are the greatest measure of our accomplishments. The 23 finished roofs evidence that we’ve had many successes, but we’ve also encountered challenges along the way. Due to the large scale of Hurricane Maria’s impact, there is an extremely high demand for materials. The scarcity of construction materials has drastically increased costs. We are looking into creative ways to get the most impact from the donations we receive. Our goal is to use these challenges as an opportunity to learn, adjust and continue helping as many families as possible. Your continued support helps us achieve this goal. 

Of the ~1,000 homes that lost their roofs partially or totally, we’ve increased our goal, and we now hope to impact 60. As evidenced by the testimonials of the people who have benefited from Techos para el Caño, living under a tarp is not a solution. With your help, we can continue to provide safe homes for our community members. Thank you.

Interior Yolanda
Interior Yolanda's finished roof
Close-up Yolanda
Close-up Yolanda's finished, resilient roof
Exterior view Ricardo
Exterior view Ricardo's finished roof

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01 ROSA Top View of Finished Roof
01 ROSA Top View of Finished Roof

We are happy to report that our Techos para el Caño project is well underway, helping families recover from Hurricane Maria effects by providing safe and resilient roofs. Phase I has accomplished the following milestones:

A typical design for wooden trust roof system with tin, compliant with FEMAs guidelines for reconstruction after hurricane events was developed.

Community organizations and community leaders established a set of selection criteria in order to choose which homes will be impacted by the Techos para el Caño initiative, including technical criteria. The set criteria stipulates, among other things, that:

  • The home must have lost at least half of its roof
  • Vulnerable populations will receive priority status, specifically, families with children under 12 years old, persons 65 years or older, and people with disabilities.

A lottery process was designed in order to guarantee that the selection process is fair. To date, 7 lottery activities were carried out in Caño Martín Peña communities to select roofs to be impacted. This process yielded 40 homes pre-selected for roof repairs or replacement. Final selection will depend on assessments of each home.

We have secured the services of architects to ensure that the roofs built are safe, resilient, well designed, and adapt to each home’s specific situation. The architects assess the homes to evaluate hurricane inflicted damages, and ensure that they can appropriately support a new roof. These architects adjust the typical design to each home’s particular situation, and produce a plan for construction. To date our team has assessed 14 homes, and designed individual, specific roof repairs for 12 of those homes. More assessments and designs are currently underway.

Contractors then carry out roof repairs or construction as specified by the architect, ensuring appropriate anchoring and construction. Thanks to donations from non-profit organizations and people like you 9 families have a new, resilient, permanent roof over their heads.

The architects also inspect each roof after it has been fully constructed to ensure quality and compliance with standards. Currently, inspections for the first 9 roofs constructed during Phase I are underway. We expect to receive the reports soon.

The most satisfying part of this project is the impact it has on people’s lives. They are the ones to best express and qualify that impact. Residents of the homes repaired have reached out to express their gratitude and satisfaction.

“Wow, gracias!!! Significa mucho este gesto… bendiciones!!! Le estoy sumamente agradecida.”

“Wow, thank you!!! This gesture means so much… blessings!!! I am extremely grateful.”

-          Daughter of Don Porfirio

“Esos muchachos que tú has mandado a trabajar es una brigada maravillosa. Ese contratista, Michael. ¡Qué gente que trabajan! Vinieron tempranito al amanecer de dios, y casi ahora fue que se fueron, a las siete de la noche. Han hecho un trabajo en verdad bien, bien, bien grande. Van bien avanzados ya. Con dios por delante, ellos regresan el lunes. Así que me los felicita mucho. Ya yo le di mis felicitaciones también. ¡Muy buen Trabajo! ¡Muchas gracias! ¡Ustedes son unos ángeles! ¡Muchas gracias!”

“Those guys you set are a wonderful crew. That contractor, ¡those people work hard! They came at dawn left at seven o’clock in the evening. They’ve done really tremendous work. Please congratulate them. I’ve personally congratulated them as well. Excellent work! Thank you so much! You are angels! Thank you so much!”

-          Ángela, home owner

“Sólo una pequeña nota para agradecerle de corazón a nombre mío personalmente y de mi familia la ayuda que me brindó usted y su organización de Proyecto Enlace del Caño Martín Peña como resultado de los daños que sufrí por el paso del Huracán María. Desde un principio estuvieron conmigo dándome la mano y dándome apoyo y esperanza. El camino de recuperación ha sido bien largo y dificl, pero con el apoyo de personas como ustedes me han ayudado a poder volver a mirar el futuro de forma positiva. Quiero decir que los admiro mucho por la gran calidad de ser humano que son ustedes y por tomar de su tiempo para ayudar a los más neceistados. Espero que Dios le dé mucha salud y los bendiga mucho.”

Just a small note to thank you on behalf of my family and personally from the bottom of my heart for the help you and your organization Proyecto Enlace del Caño Martín Peña provided as a result of the of the damages I suffered caused by Hurricane Maria. From the beginning, you were with me, giving me a helping hand and giving me support and hope. The road to recovery has been very long and difficult, but with the support of people like you I can look to the future positively once again. I want to say I admire you very much for your human kindness and for taking the time to help those most in need. I hope God will bless you and grant you plenty of health.

-          Rosa, home owner

Of the ~1,000 homes that lost their roofs partially or totally, we hope to impact at least 40. The more donations we receive, the greater the amount of people we can help. Your donations are helping us reach that goal. Thank you.

02 ANGEL Top View of Roof Support System
02 ANGEL Top View of Roof Support System
03 MARIA FELIX Close Up of Roof Support System
03 MARIA FELIX Close Up of Roof Support System
04 ROSA Under Construction
04 ROSA Under Construction

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Maria del Mar Santiago
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