Caras de Maria is a podcast and oral history project which documents the experiences of Puerto Rican residents after Hurricane Maria.
To hear episodes and learn more, click below to visit the Caras de Maria website.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In 2018, Marilú Alvarado-Hernández and Crystal Bi Wegner visited the island of Puerto Rico to collect stories from residents in the wake of Hurricane Maria. After the storm, families were unable to get in touch with their loved ones and information from the government and media - such as the death toll - were false. Marilú and Crystal were frustrated with the lack of aid being sent to the island and the misinformation in the media. Their project hopes to elevate the voices of Puerto Ricans about their own experience after the storm. The episodes of this podcast highlight stories of resilience and the strength of the Puerto Rican people.
Marilú and Crystal are both Boston Public School teachers at Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain. They hope that the resources from this project can be used for curriculum to study US-Puerto Rican relations and history as well as bring to light the hardships and resilience in the wake of natural disasters.