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Sep 12, 2019

Result Reports Are In!

We just got the numbers from our report for the 2018-2019 school year, with great results -- thanks to all our donors and allies!

The project managed to provide tutoring services in the areas of English, Spanish, Mathematics, and Science, as well as offering workshops, counseling, therapies, and recreational activities. For the Monday to Thursday extended hours, we had an attendance of of 116 participants from 77 families of the Municipality of Humacao.

63% of participants invested at least eight hours per week in mentoring activities that encouraged positive behavior, academic enrichment activities linked to multiple intelligences, sports activities and personal enrichment activities.

The Program reached out to  students and their families to help strengthen family relationships. Academic enrichment activities were offered with different learning opportunities, integrating recreational activities, sports, fine arts, technology, educational trips, plays, etc. As part of coping with the trauma of a natural disaster, children and youth participated on daily activities during the year in maintaining the school spaces clean, such as classrooms, surroundings, and interior and exterior courtyards. This activity allowed the children to become aware of the importance of keeping their school and community clean in order to live in environments that are pleasing to all and to be protagonists in the creation of the future from their own hands.

As for academic achievements:

  • 100% was promoted to the next grade level.
  • 60% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of Spanish
  • 53% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of English
  • 30% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of Mathematics
  • 48% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of Science

The children have shown improvement with better academic achievements, and also contagious enthusiasm. We have seen positive relationship developments among  the children, parents and the group of young mentors.

Again, this is only possible because of your help. So please continue to support this project so we can celebrate another successful school year. 

Jun 14, 2019

Hurricane Season is Here Again

The fact that almost 2 years after hurricanes Irma and Maria there are still houses in need of repair says something both about the magnitude of their impact and about the poverty level of the eastern region of Puerto Rico.

With another hurricane season already here, at P.E.C.E.S. we keep working at full speed to make sure as many families as possible have safe houses.

From March through June 2019, construction materials were distributed to 21 families:

  • 16 families from Humacao (Punta Santiago and neighboring communities)
  • 3 families from Naguabo
  • 1 family from San Lorenzo
  • 1 family from Las Piedras

The construction materials included windows, doors, paint, roof treatment, tiles, cement, blocks, construction rods, zinc panels and other materials. Additionally, some families were also provided with home appliances and electrical repairs:

  • 10 refrigerators
  • 5 stoves
  • 14 mattresses
  • 8 washing machines
  • 2 dryers
  • 1 dining room sets
  • 5 living room set
  • 1 respiratory therapy unit
  • 4 electrical panel replacement and electrical rewiring

As with everything we do, we make sure a social worker visits each of the families so other needs are also addressed. Families are also invited to be part of support groups or other experiences hosted by our organization, in the process of encouraging inclusion, independence, responsibility and ownership among community members.

We are getting closer to our goal of 100 homes, thanks to so many collaborators and donors. Beyond the physical repairs, we feel hopeful we are healing the ties that bind these communities and fostering new relationships that will help them be more resilient in the future. 

Thank you for your support!!

One of the houses in need of major repairs.
One of the houses in need of major repairs.
Jun 14, 2019

Inspiring Outcomes

The arrival of summer means it is time to measure how we are doing. We can say it has been a busy semester: our Social Work team carried out  27 individual, 5 group and 6 family interventions. The Psychology team performed 9 interventions with parents individually, 3 workshops with parents and 20 individual sessions with participants. 

Topics discussed with parents included: 

1. Promoting good mental health in our children. 

2. Managing my emotions. 

3. Preparing our Emergency Backpack before, during and after a natural disaster. 

4. How to teach resilience to our children. 

5. Identifying the location of rainwater drains in my community. 

Additional topics covered 

  1.  How to maintain rainwater drains in my community. 

2. Values. 

3. Fostering affective relationships. 

4. Fire Prevention. 


We have noticed that combining practical topics related to preparedness with more personal topics on emotional resilience is a good practice that allows us to address resilience in a more holistic way.

Again, thanks to all who have contributed to this effort. We look forward to taking the project to the next level. Have a happy summer!!

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