Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Our long-term commitment to disaster-affected areas enables us to integrate and work alongside communities to implement a more sustainable solution together. With the help of our donors, volunteers and partners, we use Eco-Option products and sustainable building practices to provide long-term benefits to individuals and communities impacted by disasters. Our work also contributes towards providing access to safe and affordable housing that is of an adequate living standard. Through our Renewal Projects, we help in decreasing the direct economic losses relative to global GDP caused by disasters by restoring critical infrastructure.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered Puerto Rico in September 2017. Through our long-term relief efforts, we helped provide adequate and safe housing by repairing over 600 roofs across the island.
After fixing leaks and patching, every flat cement roof was coated with a waterproof sealant guaranteed for at least 10 years. Pitched roofs were repaired and rebuilt using heavy 24 gauge Galvalume metal sheets, roofing screws, neoprene washers, and pressure-treated wood for longevity and insect-resistance. Hurricane straps were added to increase the roofs’ wind resistance, and all connections were made with either screws or Simpson hurricane fasteners to carry the load of the home.
“Last time it rained, there were no leaks. Before, everything would get wet. The work turned out ‘at a million’ like we say in Puerto Rico.” – Miguel
Miguel is one of the homeowners who received our support after the hurricanes. Miguel’s roof was severely damaged, leaving holes where water would pour in when it rained and allowing dangerous mold to grow. Our staff and volunteers performed roof and interior repairs, preventing mold growth and providing a safe, dry home.
Together, we are able to help families, like Miguel’s, recover faster and our work continues to help mitigate the risks of potential disasters.
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