Daddy Yankee helps distribute shelter repair kits in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Photo: Habitat for Humanity International
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 7, 2017)— Puerto Rico native, rapper, producer and "Despacito" singer Daddy Yankee joined volunteers in Caguas today to distribute shelter repair kits to families. Yankee’s work with Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children is part of his commitment to help Puerto Rico rebuild following Hurricane Maria. He has pledged to donate $250,000 and raise an additional $1.5 million for the recovery.
"Puerto Rico has a long road ahead to recovery, and we need to work together to make sure families across the island get the support they need," Yankee said. "I’m proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children as we distribute these kits that will help families make immediate repairs to their homes as we prepare for long-term repairs. Please visit habitat.org/daddyyankee to join this recovery."
Yankee and other volunteers distributed the first 500 of 2,000 shelter repair kits, which are designed to help low-income families across Puerto Rico make interim repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Maria. The remaining kits will be distributed in different cities on the island this month. Learn more about the kits here.
The shelter repair kits are the first phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back hurricane recovery initiative in Puerto Rico. Habitat has pledged to assist more than 6,000 families in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida following the devastation of the hurricanes this year. Habitat for Humanity is developing a long-term recovery strategy in Puerto Rico as assessments are performed and conditions permit. More information on Habitat’s hurricane recovery program is available at habitat.org/hurricanes.
Save the Children is leading the distribution of the shelter repair kits in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The distribution is one part of the international humanitarian organization’s work to help children and families impacted by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In all three locations, Save the Children is helping alleviate immediate needs, restore access to critical child care and education services, and help children overwhelmed by the emergencies to rebound and become more resilient. More information on Save the Children’s hurricane recovery programs is available at savethechildren.org.
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