Jun 29, 2018

Graduating from High School Against All Odds

Graduation day at PECES' alternative high school
Graduation day at PECES' alternative high school

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
class meeting at the basketball court
May 24, 2018

Finishing an unusual school semester

Clowns Without Borders
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. 

Sport Clinics
Sport Clinics
Working in community mapping
Working in community mapping
Play and Learn program with local TV characters
Play and Learn program with local TV characters
Feb 28, 2018

Five Months After Hurricane Maria Creating Hope

Children After Hurricane Maria
Children After Hurricane Maria

After Hurrican Maria the tutoring and integral development projects that P.E.C.E.S., Inc. implements in Juncos, Humacao, and Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico became wonderful oasis of peace for children who had suffered so profoundly the effects of the Hurricane.  The staff of P.E.C.E.S., Inc. listened to their stories and continues to help them deal with the on-going stress that is the result of the hurricane. The five year old child who related how her home was blown away by the storm is not easy to forget.  All of the children from Punta Santiago have related how they lost their belongings when the cyclonic ocean wave came throughout their community. However, as they come to tutoring, share their stories with our youth mentors and social workers, participate in artistic and healing activities -- the children come alive again. Most of the children still do not have electricity in their homes.  Their schools were closed until mid or late November after the hurricane - they lost months of academic preparation.  P.E.C.E.S., Inc. is helping over 400 children through tutoring and, even more importantly, through mentoring, social work intervention, art and artistic events, recreation, community activities, providing food and supplies, and offering support to entire families.  Almost all of the children and their families suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.  Flooding continued in the communities that we serve long after Maria had gone. The children report that when it rains, they become stressed and think that their homes will be flooded again. The children are learning resiliency skills, working through their emotions, learning how to handle their very real fears while at the same time P.E.C.E.S., Inc. is helping their families to re-establish their lives. Finally, between September 20, 2017 and December 31,2017 P.E.C.E.S., Inc. has served 12,632 families, given out more than 250,000 poounds of supplies, facilitated health clinics, medical, and psychological services to 586 individuals, and impacted over 43,658 lives in 13 municipalities. Most importantly, the children and families of the communities most directly impacted by Hurricane Maria are inserted in a process of recovery, resiliency, renewed hope, and ever brighter horizons.  And the work can and must continue. There is still so much to do.

Clown Remi and Children After Hurricane Maria
Clown Remi and Children After Hurricane Maria
Recovery of Hope After Hurricane Maria
Recovery of Hope After Hurricane Maria
Becoming Happy Again
Becoming Happy Again
Art As Healing after Hurricane Maria
Art As Healing after Hurricane Maria

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