Restoring a natural jewel: Flamenco Beach

Flamenco’s white sands and turquoise water surrounded by hills and vegetation on the tiny island of Culebra have enticed hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years. Yet, two hurricanes in a row played havoc with the beach and its public facilities, severely damaging the island’s main attraction and revenue source. “For years Flamenco Beach

A manual to survive the effects of extreme weather for island homes

A group from Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise)  visited Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to find ways to help the island recover and rebuild thriving communities. Puerto Rico was not the only jurisdiction hit by the destructive hurricane season of 2017, which also touched the Florida Keys and the U.S.  Virgin Islands. In response to the

Addressing unmet needs in Cataño

The Asociación Pro-Juventud y Comunidad de Barrio Palmas came to life in 1984 to address a serious concern on the part of community members, the increasing incidence of delinquency among its youth. Little did the leaders of this community nonprofit organization anticipate that 34 years later Hurricane María would lead them to repair homes damaged

CONECTA: A Planning Tool to Build Resiliency

The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) and United for Puerto Rico joined efforts to produce Conecta, a Geographical Information System (GIS) portal that lists nearly 200 non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico that provided relief and recovery services as part of the response to Hurricane María. In the event of another disaster, the

A way to give people hope to lift a community

To live up to its mission of promoting educational, economic and social development in southeastern Puerto Rico, the Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (P.E.C.E.S.) had to stretch its capabilities and provide motors for fishermen in the area, undertake the rebuilding of homes, and repair the pier, a project that should be completed

Enacting projects that can spur recovery and transformation

Several chapters of the student nonprofit organization Enactus focused their social entrepreneurial initiatives on providing solutions to the countless difficulties faced by groups and communities in the wake of the disaster. A little over a dozen university student chapters from 10 colleges, including five campuses of the University of Puerto Rico, studied the needs of

Shoring up small businesses

Small businesses were hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and María in September of 2017 and by the many months of no electric power service that followed. A share of businesses was never able to overcome the many obstacles faced after the catastrophe. Yet, a majority were able to survive with the help of the Small

Doubling the capacity to feed a country in an emergency

Hunger is real in Puerto Rico, particularly after Hurricane María.With numerous roads blocked, no electricity, very little water, limited access to ports and devastated crops, many people found themselves lacking food, and most basic necessities. Easy access to supplies was very difficult. And for the needy and the sick it was nearly impossible. That is

Using play therapy to heal children

Living through one of the worst hurricanes in recent memory added another layer of trauma to the more than 2,500 children and youth living in shelters in Puerto Rico. These children have been removed from their homes and their families due to number of factors, among them violence, abuse and negligence. “Their sense of security

SIM enhances patient outreach after Hurricane María

Patients of the network of nonprofit community health clinics of Salud Integral de la Montaña (SIM) fail to keep 41% of their medical appointments because they lack transportation. This is one of the social determinants of health in this central mountainous part of Puerto Rico, where poverty prevails and there is no working transportation system.