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Puerto Rico on Our Minds: One Year After Hurricane María
What's your Hurricane story?
Where were you when Irma and Maria hit?
How did you experience the aftermath of the storms?
What do you think about when you think of Hurricanes Irma and Maria today?
Those are a few of the questions on my mind as September gets underway and the one year anniversaries approach.
If you have a hurricane story, hit reply and share it with me... I'd love to know if and how Puerto Rico is on your mind these days.
I returned from my first post-Maria visit to Puerto Rico a few weeks ago. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my photos from the trip (if not, be sure to check them out!).
Here is one of my favorites from an amazing community art project in Yauco called Yaucromatic 2 created by artists and community members working with the nonprofit Arte Para Unir.
Returning to Puerto Rico for the first time since Hurricane Maria is hard to describe. I’ve traveled to Puerto Rico since I was two-months-old, so returning is always so familiar and I always have an amazing time with mi familia...
And yet. Everywhere I looked there were quiet or in-your-face reminders of what happened on the island almost a year ago. Everyone I spoke with had their own Hurricane María stories to share.
Case in point, when I asked my cousin about her experience with the hurricane, she answered, without skipping a beat, "I'll say this much. My daughters (ages 3 & 5) got over their fear of the dark."
But also. Our Isla del Encanto is as enchanting as ever. And its gente? As committed to Puerto Rico and its future as ever. Alongside the pain, challenges, and ongoing recovery efforts, there is hope and art and joy and laughter.
As we approach September 6th and September 20th, I hope you’ll join me in thinking about Puerto Rico, amplifying Puerto Rican stories and voices, and supporting organizations leading the way on recovery efforts—recovery efforts that will last for years.
I’m supporting Taller Salud and hope you will join me by supporting my campaign on behalf of Taller Salud today.
Read all about this campaign and learn more about Taller Salud by clicking here. And keep an eye out online and in your inbox for updates about the campaign throughout the month.
Thank you in advance for sharing your stories with me and for showing Taller Salud and Puerto Rico some love 🙏🏽
PS Before you go, please Read More below for publication, blog, and event updates.
UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON 8/29/18
Hola Mi Gente,
I hope your July was as fruitful and fun as mine has been.
As you read this I am on vacation in Puerto Rico!
(I was very good and wrote and scheduled this newsletter BEFORE leaving for my vacay! Yay!).
I'm going to try to keep this note short and sweet to honor this season of rest and relaxation, but it's jammed packed with useful resources, especially for you educators!
Words or Water
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