Hurricane Maria, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, caused billions of dollars in damages to Puerto Rico and left 3.4 million island residents without power, potable water, and telecommunications. Recovery is estimated to take years. In response to this disastrous event, the UPR School of Planning and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) in partnership with other educational institutions and civic organizations throughout the diaspora and Puerto Rico launched the Rebuild Puerto Rico initiative. This initiative seeks to facilitate the connections and collaborations of Puerto Rico’s civic sector and Puerto Ricans in the Diaspora who want to join efforts to contribute to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico.
We have created Facebook Work Groups organized by sectors that connects people and organizations with similar interests. One of the main functions of working groups is to share information with the general public, coordinate volunteers and other resources, assist in identifying financial support, and facilitate interactions with other sectors. Rebuild Puerto Rico Facebook Work Groups helps to facilitate open real-time communication at the grassroots level for developing meaningful and sustaining collaborative relationships. We intend to develop and support a decentralized structure where the groups will select their own projects and engage stateside and island residents in the rebuilding effort.
Join us by providing the following information and become part of the rebuilding efforts of Puerto Rico.