Puerto Ricans struggle to recover nearly 2 years after Hurricane Maria

Esther Caro, the executive director of AMPI, said islanders are still trying to get back on their feet as Congress debates increasing relief funding for Puerto Rico.
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Now the problem is a lot of Americans are really struggling right now Puerto Rica because the aftermath. A hurricane Maria and joining us now to give. Shed some light and that first hand experience in Puerto Rico is Esther Carl row she's the executive director. And AM PI and nonprofit social services organization hot in my west Puerto Rico Esther thank you so much for being here. You work a lot of very closely with families on the ground who are still struggling to get on their feet after the hurricane. Pincus a picture of what the situation is in your community. Both before. The hurricane and in now what what's that experience been like. Well Tom Tinsley started helping in the people from glittery claimed the western coast where Abby is located. We began scenes so many families that had sold dire need. Or how does not revealed in their homes. By. Many of them and and that's I think people are wearing a bit safer area elementary school where the hearing king wasn't that bad. And we steal that the day they have. Look back at least steel searching far hell. And I eighty not count we are providing. Hats come through that money that there'll government. That money do you see now alert and east Asian tacked on brandy Britton sword that. From that he spent thinks that. Gold act and Florida. Between Puerto recall and they United States act that Wright kept the sense that we are. And they decided to help they're battle Americana that believe in Puerto Rico when there are donations. So how are getting things. They have done it plenty. More apple worth seven. Hundreds of feet deep naturally and not have it as being used in federal money. It's it's it's a great charity active charity that your organization. Is doing and we know that we've seen some evidence of an online and obviously to be applauded. What role do you think big federal government needs to have though in doing in supporting the work you're doing specifically. When it comes to food stamps do you see an impact right now because of the underfunding. The expiring in funding for food stamps or Puerto Rico. Yes that's America back the weekend to talk to the people they might gate because we work hand and went that mean there. In their Caminiti. And the debris being just recently they reach the Buckeyes. On their looks damn. Alan. Almost fifty per cent and some people large and thick deep currents and we had upper then I'm and they've been. Letting up now that he had to pull out this streets to battle our money. In order to be able to meet. He's he's not taking exploding today. For the month scenes he got that cut from that stance so it is really heating Hari. Are people with its abilities. Are now apparently be popular game. Foot step cut hadn't been. All of the families it doesn't really get paid by families that are people are taking money all aren't that they have a lot of on there. Help available. Even be any Indian people that the only on foot stand where it hurts our Bible. And I thought in my in that people into. That what are we have always been unfairly treated even think like the F they're not. That they did that today United States rapid and received. To help people with these some mealy these. And literally got not every beat that bad acting so all we can't be unfairly treated or made any reason Benin. Are many erecting many other things and now. Now be. And that they think with a foot stand. A lot of frustration that there are a lot of frustration up on Capitol Hill lesser car row. Executive director of anti nonprofit social services organization in Puerto Rico thanks so much Esther. For sharing a little bit that firsthand experience right now.

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