February began in the dark (still on generator) but by the night of the 6th we were running on real electricity again. Now we are in the stage of most Puerto Ricans… off again on again. The generator is still here and we use it weekly at least. But SO happy to have electricity flowing most of the time.
The lights came on in time for Sam and Marty Mosely and children to come stay with us for a week. Sam (Phelps) had worked here in 2002-2003 so she was familiar. They worked on a new sports room wall and other chores around the school.
We are excited to see hurricane repairs beginning… still working on estimates for the insurance company and hoping that our insurance pays for most of the fixes. The list is shrinking bit by bit and we look forward to a team of skilled workers coming in March.
We are not having the usual Spring Break teen/college groups this year. Too much to be done that is requiring skilled workers. If you happen to know an electrician, welder, carpenter, painter(s), landscaper/tree removal persons, floor tiler… bring them down! (But let us know so we can have things ready for that particular job and make sure we have beds and pillows ready. – Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a quick reply… if the Internet is working… because well, that line has not been re-attached to the grid yet.)
This weekend, Sprint (who has supplied the Deaf community and CSCD with a generator and satellite internet service) brought us a party! How fun to gather with our friends and students and families and just relax. Chef Vivoni (Puerto Rican Star Chef) created a yummy rice dish that was not a paella even though made in a paella pan.
We had a lovely time relaxing on the freshly cleaned basketball court under the Sprint tents and with our own umbrellas and picnic tables. Even a few vehicles stuck in the mud did not dampen the joy of the day.
Continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico as many are still without electrical service. This link will take you to the Authority of Electric Energy (AEE) website if you want to have a go at understanding what is happening. It’s in Spanish (FYI).
In English, THESE sites have some information:
https://pt.magicseaweed.com/news/five-months-after-hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-still-needs-help/10763/ (good article but I don’t KNOW this group or their financial policies so don’t donate unless you check them out and are in agreement with them.)
Thanks for reading along today and praying along daily for us.