1. Sacha – Sabana Branch, Vega Baja – Ages: 40, 30, 8, 6,4
“I do not have more words, only tears falling from my face.”
I spent the category 5 Hurricane in my grandmother’s house downstairs. I listened as my home was being destroyed upstairs. In the middle of the strong winds and rain, we had to leave the house because the river flooded and came into my grandmother’s first floor. We went out with the water up to our neck. We lost everything. My three children are asthmatic, have visual problems, and now have post-traumatic memories from Hurricane Maria. I would love help to repair my humble home, which is the only thing that we have.
2. Migdalia – Urbanization Jardines, Vega Baja – Ages: 72, 21, 20, 2
“HEART 9/11 team thank you for all the materials and for the help you all gave Puerto Rico.”
During the Hurricane, we thought our roof was strong enough to handle the strong winds. We soon realized it wasn’t and sheltered in the bathroom while the storm raged. During the eye of the storm, we ran downstairs to our grandmother’s home to help her with flooding. Currently we are living with my grandmother in her 2-bedroom house. We’ve been saving money and fixing the home little by little.
3. Wanda – Barrio Franquez, Morovis – Ages: 65, 21
“I wish that everyone’s broken roof in Puerto Rico gets repaired so people can feel safe when the next Hurricane comes.”
Hurricane Maria not only destroyed our roof but it also flooded our land and shattered windows. We are frightened of hurricane season because my roof isn’t built correctly. My grandson is looking for a job so we can build the roof ourselves, but it’s hard to find a stable job, and he’s having a difficult time. I feel sad to think three years have passed, and all the blue roofs in Puerto Rico haven’t been replaced with strong roofs. I never felt so afraid as when the Hurricane passed.
4. Daiana – Bo. Palmarito, Corozal – Ages: 37, 31, 13, 13, 7, infant
“We feel drained and would really appreciate the help.”
Hurricane Maria knocked down our home. With FEMA money and hard work, we built a cement home where our wooden house stood. We ran out of funds, and the cost of a new roof is something we can’t afford. We are living with family members. It would mean the world to me because I want to leave my kids a safe home if anything happens to me or my husband. We both have serious health issues and are often in and out of the hospital.
5. Carmen – Bo. Saltos Sec. Blandito, Orocovis – Ages: 27,6,5
“It has been difficult to start from zero…nail by nail we are trying, we haven’t lost hope.”
Little by little, we’ve tried our best to repair the home, so we don’t get wet. It can be stressful during the rainy season. We heard about HEART 9/11 who was helping people free of cost. I am a single mom who reached out and asked them for help. I took all the papers to prove I lived in the residence and started praying. The walls are weak because of water damage. I’m afraid if we get hit again, the walls can come off.
6. Maria – Bo. Saltos Sec. Blandito, Orocovis – Ages: 34, 33, 8, 11, 13
“We pray to God we receive help for our home.”
It will mean a lot to us if HEART 9/11 can help us build and reinforce our roof. Our children always feel afraid during Hurricane Season. We will never be able to afford the materials needed to finish our home. It’s been three difficult years, and we have done what we could to fix our home without any help.
7. Maria – Bo. Saltos Sec. Blandito, Orocovis – Ages: 56, 48, 17
“If HEART 911 is able to fix our home, we can have a safe shelter and wouldn’t have to use our car as the safest shelter.”
We have never experienced a situation of this kind. We were inside the home when the storm arrived. Because of the furious winds and rain, we had to leave home and get into our car for safe shelter. We were in the car for 24 hours. We watched the winds destroy most of our house. We lost all our furniture, and because of this situation, we are constantly scared and are always watching the weather channel.
Thank you for your generous donation. HEART 9/11 is a non-governmental, non-sectarian all-volunteer disaster response organization. Contributions to HEART 9/11, a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your donation supports HEART 9/11’s Pre-Apprentice Program and will cover all labor and materials needed to build one roof for one family.