As you may know, Puerto Rico has been dealing with hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks during the past few weeks. We have kept in close communication with our partners at Caras con Causa, and luckily they have been spared from much of the serious earthquake damage. Residents of San Juan felt the shaking and spent several days without power. The southwestern part of the island was hardest hit, including places like Guánica, Utuado, Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Ponce, and Yauco.
Significant recovery efforts will be necessary all over the island, which is challenging because some areas are still trying to recover from the effects of Hurricane Maria. Our Puerto Rico Site Director and Executive Director of Caras, Michael Fernandez, was recently interviewed on NPR about the aftermath of the earthquakes, specifically how it could affect education. Here’s what he had to say.
To any Amizade groups, participants, or families of participants that are traveling to Puerto Rico soon: Caras has emergency procedures in place to keep staff members and volunteers safe, and they have assured us that they feel comfortable accepting groups at this time. In fact, we had a group on the ground last week from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The participants are part of a course that looks at disaster relief and community solutions. Check out these photos and visit their facebook page to learn more about their experience.
Left to right: UIUC participants getting ready to work in the mangroves, directional signs they painted, participants exploring Santurce
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