, Burkina Faso
...See More Countries, Cameroon
, Central African Republic
, Costa Rica
, Czech Republic
, Dominican Republic
, El Salvador
, Papua New Guinea
, Puerto Rico
, South Africa
, United States of America
Show Less Countries
Education is compulsory for children aged 6-17, and all of the primary and secondary schools are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Private institutions, licensing, and academic testing standards are overseen by local education departments.1 Children are instructed in Spanish. Students can chose to attend local institutions of higher education or universities in the United States.
In Puerto Rico, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.1 There are special programs set up to provide services for victims of abuse. In 2017, the United Nations issued a report regarding the degradation of housing, working conditions, security, and citizen participation in government because of Puerto Rico’s crippling national debt.2
Puerto Rico is located in the tropical region of the Caribbean Ocean. The island is at risk of losing land because of rising ocean water levels, and it has already lost coral reef areas because of pollution.1 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Division of Environmental Quality have embarked on multi-year protection projects to monitor pollution levels, prevent erosion, clean up contaminated areas, and replant native species to preserve the biodiversity.2
Over 90% of people in the territories identify as Christians, mainly Roman Catholics.1 Although this is the most common religion, many combine their Christian beliefs with traditional religious practices as well.
In 2015, 69% of Puerto Ricans used water from structures that violated federal health standards like contamination levels.1 The United States’ Environment Protection Agency offers special grants to improve or build new drinking water infrastructures, but they still struggle to meet water standards due to poor monitoring.2
Puerto Rico has seen a decrease in tourism and investments which has caused their economy to struggle in recent years.1 In 2017, Puerto Rico declared bankruptcy with $70 billion in debts; for years, the island’s government has had to take out loans just to provide basic services.2
Puerto Rico has a representative in Congress that can vote in committee.1 They have their own local governments and tax system that consists of a chief governor, legislative body, and local court system. Puerto Ricans are considered citizens of the United States at birth.2
Puerto Rico has their own Department of Public Health administered by local officials with direction from the U.S. mainland. There is one hospital located in the capital city with smaller health facilities scattered throughout the land.1 Puerto Rico faces many health concerns that are common in developing nations like malnutrition and infectious tropical diseases. In 2016, Zika was a serious health concern mostly in pregnant women.2
Youth comprise approximately 20% of Puerto Rico’s population.1 There are many organized youth sport and extracurricular opportunities organized through the local government and funded by the United States Department of Education. Nearly all public and privately funded grants available to youth in the mainland U.S. for studies and enrichment programs are also available for those living in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has a diverse array of animal life with many species found only on one specific island.1 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has initiated sea turtle monitoring services in Puerto Rico to maintain the number of sea turtles and protect their eggs during mating season.2 Unique to the island, the Puerto Rican Parrot is at risk for extinction, and many local agencies and scientists have been monitoring their population and attempting to sustain their environment for decades, but the population is still only around 50 birds.3
The military is helping distribute water and food in Puerto Rico, but President Trump says that's "something that really they shouldn't have to be doing." The U.S. territory has been reeling in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which left most of the island ... See more..
(CNN) As Puerto Rico struggles with water shortages and a dire situation for many seeking medical care, the number of customers getting power off of the island's grid has declined, according to the latest available data and conversations with energy ... See more..
DORADO, Puerto Rico â Every 10 minutes or so, a truck or a van pulled up to the exposed spigot of an overgrown well, known as Maguayo #4, that sits not far from a bustling expressway and around the corner from a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. Fencing ... See more..
It's what much of Puerto Rico has needed since Hurricane Maria tore through the commonwealth more than three weeks ago, laying waste to an already weak grid. Without power, basic logistics such as coordinating and transporting equipment had proven ... See more..
A job listing on the Constellis Web site says they're looking for âsecurity professionals to deploy to Puerto Rico to provide humanitarian and armed security services.â One of the tasks would be dealing âtactfully with the general public,â it says. The ... See more..
MIAMI â Maribel Casas was in the middle of a dialysis treatment when she got an unexpected text message from her sister saying she had to be at Isla Grande Airport, a small airfield in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by 2 p.m. Her relatives in Miami had ... See more..
Puerto Rico faces a monumental rebuilding task following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, one that could amount to an existential struggle. Several weeks after landfall, only 15 percent of the island's population has electricity. Because it's a territory ... See more..
Trump blames Puerto Rico water problems on local distribution. Perez had also been there when President Trump made a show of handing out supplies in the Calvary Chapel, and says that FEMA has helped. "It's been slowly, but it's there," he said. See more..
It's been almost a month since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. And nearly a third of the island still doesn't have any running water. This is raising health concerns, as you would think it would, especially in rural communities where restoring water ... See more..
The sound of two bells rang through the loud speakers of the U.S. Navy's floating hospital on Saturday to celebrate the arrival of a newborn baby girl. The Navy's USNS Comfort was sailing in the vicinity of San Juan, Puerto Rico -- providing medical ... See more..