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Jul 7, 2020

Hope in youth 52 graduates and 20 micro-enterprise

One of Our Graduates from our Unusual 2020 Graduat
One of Our Graduates from our Unusual 2020 Graduat

After the January earthquake in PR and continuing to learn to live with constant earth movements, the lives of young people are shaken again with the COVID19 Pandemic. This new challenge broke the regular schemes of education and student care. Caring for health in all PR was a priority, youth and families faced a new reality of life due to the COVID19 Pandemic. The government in mid-March closed all schools in the country, depriving young people of education in person, as it was known. Physical, social distancing, curfew and lockdown were established that disrupted the reality of life of each of the young people. PECES High school did not stop the education process, it continued to offer all services, but this time virtually. Educational and psychosocial support services began to be carried out in various ways using technology. Calls, texts, email, classes by Google Classroom, calls and messages by WhatsApp, Messenger, were some of the modalities used for the continuity of the educational and psychosocial service. Workshops on nutrition, diabetes, health care, training to establish a microenterprise, psychological and social work services were part of the services offered using technology.

It was possible to celebrate the graduation of 52 young people, who overcame many obstacles to achieve this goal. The 2020 graduating class faced Hurricane Maria, earthquakes, and the COVID19 Pandemic in their educational time. These young people had thousands of reasons to drop out of school, to get discouraged and not complete the commitment they made when they arrived at the PECES High school. However, these obstacles were not enough, these 52 students managed to reach their goal, complete high school and graduate from PECES Accredited High School.

The Youth Project: Entrepreneuring with Hope managed to grant scholarships to 20 students who developed and planned their own micro-enterprise. The seed fund assigned to it will allow these 20 young people to generate an income and contribute to their family, the economy of their country and provide services to their community. It was possible to promote leadership, resilience and entrepreneurship in these young people who faced all the situations and the new reality of life and challenges with determination to achieve their goals.

A big thank you to all the donors who continue to make these dreams a reality for our youth. Please continue to donate so we can continue to help transform the lives of the children and teenagers through topics of emotional and community resilience among others.

Our 2020 Graduates that Overcame All Obstacles
Our 2020 Graduates that Overcame All Obstacles

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Jul 7, 2020

Virtual Platforms to Support Emotional Health

Where the room for participant will be constructed
Where the room for participant will be constructed

In the midst of the earthquakes, COVID19 pandemic and the new hurricane season our Project to rebuild 100 homes has continued its services by providing the community primarily with the much needed emotional support through technological modalities. A week before the COVID 19 pandemic the plans included building a room adapted to our participant with multiple health conditions.  This room will also have a bathroom with accessible equipment adapted to a person with disabilities.

The commencement of the construction work was halted until further notice. This situation elevated anxiety within the residents of our community. Our staff quickly moved to virtual platforms to offer continued contact and emotional support. The local government has recently authorized construction work, P.E.C.E.S. is in the process of certifications in order to resume construction.  

 Thanks again for all your support..

Mar 10, 2020

Better Housing Conditions Improve Health

Our project to rebuild 100 homes has opened a window into the challenges and circumstances faced by neighbors with health conditions. 

That is the case of a resident from the community of Pasto Viejo in Humacao who will benefit from this initiative. A middle-aged woman with several vascular brain health conditions, she is currently bedridden and depending on medical equipment, consequently resulting in morbid obesity.  The contractor's plans include building a room adapted to her multiple conditions at her parents' house.  This room will also have a bathroom with accessible equipment adapted to a person with disabilities. The structure will be built in wood and cement.  The contractor assigned to this restoration project is in the process of quoting the materials and labor. 

Cases like this one are a constant reminder of the relevance of adequate housing conditions for the health of the most vulnarable residents of our communities. We thank each one of our donors for making it possible for these neighbors to improve their quality of life. 

On a celebratory note, we produced a short video to explain our project and to feature some of our success stories. It's in Spanish, but we know that the beaming faces of neighbors with restored homes is a message that can be understood across any cultural or language barrier. Here's the link to the video:Over 100 Homes Restored in Punta Santiago.

 
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