Dec 10, 2019

Welcoming Christmas in a Renovated Home

Repair work on a door
Repair work on a door

Dear supporters:

We go into the Christmas season with so much joy in our hearts, as several families will enjoy the holidays in their renovated homes. 

As you can see in the photos, some paint and decorations after the repairs make a world of difference to families who have waited two years to have their houses look and feel safe for them. We can assure that you helped these families move on after the path of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and look forward to the New Year with hope.

We send gratitude and love to all who collaborated in this effort. There are still houses to work on, and we know we can achieve it thanks to your support.

Have a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year!

Paint and Christmas decorations show the joy!
Paint and Christmas decorations show the joy!
This roof was not safe for residents.
This roof was not safe for residents.
Sep 12, 2019

More Houses Get Repaired

Donations to our Global Giving campaign have matched other funding proposals and allowed us to address community needs regarding home restoration. We have focused primarily in addressing the needs of residents of Punta Santiago, but have also supported neighboring communities and municipalities, contributing to their recovery from the long-lasting impact of Hurricane Maria. From June 2019 through August 2019, construction materials were distributed to 4 families:

  • 3 families from Humacao (Punta Santiago and neighboring communities)
  • 1 family from Naguabo

The construction materials donated 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, like a stove.

The Community Sustainability Center fosters an integral approach to supplying the needs to participants by involving the families in quoting construction materials for their homes, thereby encouraging inclusion, independence, responsibility and ownership.  Working together has expedited the process of meeting the needs of the participants.  Here are some pictures of the homes in process of restoration.

Thanks again for your contribution to this campaign. We continue to work swiftly to help more families as hurricane season is on its peak.

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. 

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