2022 Project Story: Puerto Rico Ponce

In 2017, Puerto Rico’s population was rocked when a category 5 hurricane, “Hurricane Maria, hit and was ranked as one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded in the island. The hurricane added to the already high cost of living and knocked out power sources around the island. Hurricane Maria brought heavy winds and rain that ultimately flattened neighborhoods and eliminated the island’s power grid. Clean water and food became limited for most. Almost five years later, there are still entire neighborhoods and cities abandoned and destroyed due to the destruction.

HumanitarianXP Builders will be traveling to Ponce, which includes 300 miles of coastline, and is known as the “Pearl of the South”. Here, 50.2% of the population live below the poverty line. This summer, HumanitarianXP Builders will focus on helping repair and rebuild for this demographic including work on schools, community centers, and individual homes.

The work Builders will do this summer will impact the community by giving an extra hand and aid to those communities that are still working on rebuilding since the hurricane. It will be able to lift a financial and physical burden of building new infrastructures. The project will spark hope within the community and provide a shelter to future weather hazards as well. Sturdy infrastructures will aid in creating this long-term resilience.