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Sept 23, 2018 (A personal account)

A Personal Account A man living in Yabucoa shared with me how he and his family sat in their home when the hurricane Maria arrived. The wind and the rain began in the night. The full force of the hurricane struck at 3 a.m. and the community went dark when the power went out. Through the tremendous roar of the wind, shrill screams could be heard from the people in the surrounding homes. The...

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Sept 23, 2018

Remembrance September 20th marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico. Many residents of the Yabucoa community gathered for a time of remembrance, reflection, and renewal near the shoreline where the hurricane made landfall. The event, led by Yabucoa municipal leaders, included music, prayers, and speeches that described the resiliency and strength of the people. I...

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Sept. 15b, 2018

Two weeks left for our time in Yabucoa. We have worked on the same team about half of the days. Alyson prefers that we work together. I’m sure we have our entertaining moments, just like during a Sunday morning worship service. We are doing well....

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Sept. 15a, 2018

Here’s a little about mold. Thom    Following roof repair, the second phase of a home project is the removal of mold in the ceiling and walls. Mold is a result of the rain that has penetrated the interior of the home due to roof leakage. Mold in the home can make a person sick, especially for those with allergies or asthma. Whether or not one is allergic to molds, mold exposure can irritate...

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Sept 14, 2018

As we have had the opportunity to return to San Juan on the weekends, we witness the contrast between the city and the countryside. In San Juan, there is little evidence of the storm and the residents are trying to return to a sense of normalcy. For Yabucoa the aftermath of the storm continues to have a daily impact. Electricity has not been restored to 40% of the community, and has been...

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