PROTECHOS INCSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
To provide roof reconstruction and related vocational training to residents of underserved communities throughout Puerto Rico. PRoTechos was founded with the dual mission of rebuilding damaged roofs in underserved communities throughout the island while providing residents with basic carpentry training, addressing both housing needs and the shortage of skilled construction workers in Puerto Rico.
Following Hurricane Maria, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans were left without a roof over their heads. PRoTechos was founded to address both the need for housing and a shortage of skilled construction workers exacerbated by the exodus of thousands of skilled workers following this disaster. Starting with the most urgent cases, PRoTechos rebuilds roofs with the help of volunteers, skilled carpenters and trainees, drawn from community residents who are willing and able to work in residential construction. We provide basic carpentry training in a "learn and earn" program. Trainees receive minimum wage for time spent learning and building, and they are expected to teach others and continue building in their community once their training has been completed.