- May 23, 2020
Students use their vacation time to do service projects in Puerto Rico which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017.
A combination of heavy bureaucracy, sometimes sluggish supply chains and a shortage of contractors have slowed recovery efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria smashed through the Virgin Islands one year ago.
Puerto Rico has now revised the official death toll from Hurricane Maria.
Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, and afterward 11-year-old Marco Lebron’s first thought was about the monks who teach at his school, Benedictine-run San Antonio Abad School and Abbey in Humacao.
St. Francis Builds, a program based in St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland continues to help Puerto Rico which is still suffering from last summer’s hurricanes.
The official tally of 64 deaths on the island of Puerto Rico attributed to 2017’s powerful Hurricane Maria has been disputed for some time, but in late May, a study in a respected scientific journal said that figure may have underestimated the island’s fatalities by the thousands.