Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria

“As a community social worker, I can tell you that Puerto Rico’s recovery, if it can be called that, didn’t come thanks to the government. It came from nonprofit associations, it came from the neighbors themselves. It came from foundations. It came from the hands of other people who supported the families that suffered the most,” Perez said in Spanish.

Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria

“We’ve seen so much fanfare around these federal funds in the past that never actually get here or, once you look at the fine print, there are so many restrictions,” Soto-Class said.

My opinion: It is all talk, Puerto Ricans have not recovered from the Trump disasters.

“Hemos visto tanta fanfarria en torno a estos fondos federales en el pasado que en realidad nunca llegan o, una vez que miras la letra pequeña, hay tantas restricciones”, dijo Soto-Class.

“Como trabajadora social comunitaria, les puedo decir que la recuperación de Puerto Rico, si se puede llamar así, no vino gracias al gobierno. Vino de asociaciones sin fines de lucro, vino de los propios vecinos. Vino de fundaciones. Vino de manos de otras personas que apoyaron a las familias que más sufrieron “, dijo Pérez en español.

Mi opinion: Todo es charla, los puertorriqueños no se han recuperado de los desastres de Trump.

Foto de casas destrozadas por el huracán 21 de septiembre, 2017.

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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