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Rebuilding the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez after Hurricane Maria — You Can Help

Please consider donating to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez as it works to rebuild its campus and as its students work to rebuild their lives.

In April 1879, the worst fire ever to strike the Notre Dame campus broke out in the Main Building. In those days, the Main Building contained classrooms, dorm rooms, the dining hall, the library, the laboratory, museum, and all administrative offices. Four other buildings were also burned. The devastation was so complete that students were sent home with the promise that they could return in September for a new year.

Notre Dame understands loss.

We also understand the courage, commitment, time, and money it takes to rebuild.

Funds will be used for a range of needs, including:

• Scholarships for Students Affected 

   by the Hurricane
• Technological Equipment for 

• Student Desks and Chairs
• Generators and Portable Fuel Tanks
• Dehumidifiers
• Portable Water Fountains and
   Water Tanks
• Water Filtration Systems
• Cleaning Equipment and Supplies
• Chainsaws
• Industrial Fans and Vacuum Cleaners

In the spirit of those who came to help us at our time of need, as well as the relationships we have developed with the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez campus — alumni who are faculty and supporters of the university along with the student fellows who attend Notre Dame as part of the Kinesis-Fernández Richards Family Fellowships Program, the College of Engineering would like to lend its assistance to the university as they continue to rebuild from the unparalleled destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.

For example, although the campus has reopened, there is so much to be done, most of it requiring funds the university does not have.

What is more compelling is that many of its students have made it their priority to help where they could, organizing supply drives and donating toiletries, batteries and non-perishable foods to their fellow citizens. However, many students have had to put their education on hold because of the difficulty even getting to campus, not to mention the status of facilities still waiting rehabilitation. It will be a long process, much longer than a few months.

Can you help?
It’s a simple matter of visiting the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Web site and, if you are interested in donating, entering your information. At that time you will be directed to a page where you can submit your tax-deductible donation.