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Dec 19, 2018

Smiling Children: The Best Christmas Present Ever

Clowns W/O Frontiers visit to elementary school
Clowns W/O Frontiers visit to elementary school

We are happy to report our prevention programs have been very active this semester, and we have been noticing more smiles among our participants. 

Friends and allies were key in this process, by collaborating with events like the visit of Clowns Without Frontiers (they came back to Punta Santiago to visit specifically the elementary school in our neighborhood), and the recent Christmas parade and toy drive.

During the semester, we had laugh therapy sessions for parents and tutors, and workshops on managing emotions -- also for adults, as we know parents and teachers need these tools in order to teach children how to cope with life's challenges. All this happened while our social workers kept on their work with children through our programs.

We look forward to a Holiday season that our children will enjoy -- since so many of them did not have electric power and other services at home for last year's Christmas. 

Thanks to the Global Giving team and to all our donors for helping us teach local children about resilience.

We wish you a blessed 2019!

Laugh therapy for adults
Laugh therapy for adults
Christmas parade and toys delivery
Christmas parade and toys delivery
Dec 18, 2018

Hope Flourishes Again in Punta Santiago

Team members in construction training
Team members in construction training

Last Christmas, our community of Punta Santiago had no electricity and little had been done in terms of repairs and reconstruction. It took up until April 2018 to get power back in the neighborhood. It has taken longer to go into the rebuilding phase, for so many reasons --delays in insurance and FEMA funds, scarcity of construction materials, and more. 

We are so happy to say that, thanks to our friends and allies, this Holiday season feels more hopeful and inspiring for both our beneficiaries and our employees and volunteers.

Our teams have taken special trainings for dealing with emergency response and recovery, including tactics for safe reconstruction after a hurricane. We have been able to distribute building materials and equipments: paint, wood panels, and more. And as neighbors see the community in recovery mode, they feel optimistic and engaged in the process. 

We look forward to 2019 with hightened hope. There is still much work to do, but each time a door is installed or a house is painted we feel closer to being the neighborhood we all dream of: resilient, sustainable and happy.

Thank you to the Global Giving team for their support, and to all donors for trusting our work.

We wish you all a blessed 2019! 

cleaning, construction materials for distribution
cleaning, construction materials for distribution
Process of installing new doors
Process of installing new doors
Sep 26, 2018

Resilience Is Learned Through Experiences

The Perez Family - a theater experience
The Perez Family - a theater experience

There are so many experiences that can help our children and youngsters learn about emotional resilience when facing a disaster. 

The arts are particularly relevant. That is why one of our recent events was a theater piece about the Perez Family -- a family like mine or yours that faces the challenge of getting ready for a hurricane. The parents, the grandmother, a boy and a teenager made us laugh and also think about our own experience. The show was enjoyed by children and their families, who gathered at our basketball court on a Friday afternoon to watch the story and learn something about how the disaster has transformed their own families.

The students of our alternative high school also had a unique opportunity to reflect on Hurricane Maria's anniversary. They were invited by the local Center for Investigative Journalism to listen to community leaders and journalists talk about what worked and what went wrong in media coverage one year ago. After listening to panelists, students were challenged to design the newspaper cover and headlines they would have liked to see the day after Hurricane Maria. A news editor guided them in recalling the stories and the images they remembered, and stating the ones they would have preferred to see in the news as a reflection of their communities.

We continue to look into diverse and creative opportunities to teach our children about emotional resilience. Please donate to this project so we can help them grow into healthy and emotionally strong adults.

Thank you!

Students at journalism event about Hurricane Maria
Students at journalism event about Hurricane Maria
 
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