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WORKING IN PUNTA

Marie Dolores Butter Romero
Marie, 84, is landlord to visiting CPRC researchers. During Hurricane Maria, she and her six dogs were trapped when the storm surge raged in, moving her furniture and blocking her exits...

WORKING IN PUNTA

Alfonso Lugo Colón
A 79 year old recent widower, had been living without a roof or walls since September. In addition to providing food and water, the CPRC covered his house multiple times with blue tarps to protect him from the elements...

PUERTO RICO'S PUNTA SANTIAGO COMMUNITY AND MONKEY ISLAND

NEED HELP

THANK YOU

Cayo Santiago Colony Manager Giselle Caraballo-Cruz's special thank you to volunteers and the Punta Santiago community.

So much still needs to be done. Contribute if you can.

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HELP THE PUNTA SANTIAGO COMMUNITY AND MONKEY ISLAND REBUILD THEIR LIVES

Punta Santiago was arguably one of the hardest hit communities when Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The combination of storm surge, sewage and torrential rain destroyed thousands of homes and everything in and around them. The storm also devastated most of the residents' opportunities to make a living. Adding insult to injury, this community still has no power, and the re-establishment of the power is not expected until late spring or early summer! And yet, despite the daily challenges of gathering food, water and building materials for themselves, the people of Punta Santiago have never ceased to care for the over 1,500 monkeys on Monkey Island!

AN OVERVIEW OF OUR WORK IN PUNTA SANTIAGO

WHAT IS NEEDED TO HELP OUR FELLOW PUERTO RICAN-AMERICANS

Punta's damages are simply overwhelming. The daily challenges endured by the people there are unimaginable. In a trip made in December of 2017, a group of U.S. mainland colleagues, friends, and families helped nine Puerto Rican families rebuild and repair their homes and replace basic necessities like gas stoves, mattresses and roof tarps. Project Monkey Island is now organizing a second trip to Puerto Rico for April of 2018. But we need your help. Below are types of donations that are desperately needed in order to make a dent in the severely damaged neighborhoods.

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