Trauma healing in Puerto Rico


Elena Huegel returned to Puerto Rico this spring for the first time since before Hurricane Irma. These are her pictures and a portion of her report:

"I am in Puerto Rico, or Borinquén as it is called by those who remember the island's original inhabitants, following up on the participants in the Roots in the Ruins: hope in trauma program after the devastation of hurricanes Irma and María.

Pastora Alicia has participated in the program during the past five years and after completing the level 1 and 2 course work, is ready to become a facilitator.


"I left Puerto Rico last September the evening before hurricane Irma struck, and have accompanied the lay leaders and pastors by email and Whatsapp in the midst of the initial response and in the challenges of the aftermath including water and electricity shortages, in their trauma healing, post traumatic growth, and resilience development ministries."