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.
class meeting at the basketball court
May 24, 2018
Finishing an unusual school semester
By Nancy Madden - Founding Director
Clowns Without Borders
The end of the school semester calls for some reflection on the needs of our children, the hard work of our people and the unparralled support we have received from so many people.
Eight months after Hurricane Maria, many students still have no electric power at home. But for months they carried on with school work and other events. Our team has worked intensely so program participants could keep up with their academic learning but also manage the emotional challenges of the impact of Maria in their lives. The support of Clowns Without Borders, local services like Play and Learn, and many others has been key to a successful semester.
As the new hurricane season approaches, we need to strenghen participants' emotional skills, help them manage the stress of the upcoming season, and continue providing the opportunities they need to thrive in adverse conditions related to poverty, parents' unemployment, and more.
We want to thank everyone that has made this work possible, and invite you to share our photos and stories, so many more can be part of our dream of healthy and happy children in our community.