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.
Students at journalism event about Hurricane Maria
Sep 20, 2018
Our Efforts Mentioned in The Miami Herald
By Nancy Madden - Founder
Here's a link to a story published by The Miami Herald that describes the conditions in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria, and mentions our effort to help rebuild houses and small businesses in Punta Santiago.
You can find more about our work during this year, and more media coverage, in our Facebook Page: PECES, Inc.
We thank all who have helped us during the past 12 months -particularly in the process of distributing food, water, medicines and the basics.
Now it's time to move on to rebuilding.
Your contribution makes it possible for us to help more families.
Graduation ceremonies are events filled with emotions. This year's graduation at our alternative high school was even more special, as these graduates showed so much persistence in working towards their goals. They took classes at the basketball court when classrooms were closed because of the lack of electric power. They helped with the distribution of food and other articles after Hurricane Maria. And they put all their hearts into the emotional resilience workshops offered to them to help in the healing process.
We are so proud of them! And so thankful for all who have helped make their dreams come true.
Please share this story so your friends and family can contribute to this program and help us in educating emotionally strong children and teenagers.