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These Photos Show How Residents Are Coping In Puerto Rico Nearly One Month After Maria

With aid slow to reach many towns in the nearly 30 days since Hurricane Maria made landfall, the island's residents are working together to get by.

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While waiting for aid, neighborhoods have been relying on donations of food and water. El Local, a neighborhood bar in Santurce, has been operating a community kitchen. El Local serves three free meals a day, made possible by food donations and volunteers.

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People can volunteer for shifts and check out the kitchen's schedule on a paper board that hangs on a wall. The board also has space for anyone who wants to organize a class or put on a performance.

In addition to free meals, El Local has opened up its space to the community for impromptu concerts, games, and — when there is the occasional burst of electricity — movies.

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Airon Rosario, a massage therapist, has been offering free 15-minute massages. Here, he purifies the massage table by burning sage in preparation for his next customer.

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Margarita Centero, the director of the Centro Paso, met with community leaders in Aibonito to discuss relief efforts in the area. Topics included the lack of drinking water, the inconsistent arrival of aid packages, and methods for distributing donated clothing to the smaller barrios.