Oct 3, 2019

We keep on working!

Food drive
Food drive

Dear friend,

 

On September 20th., 2019, Puerto Rico marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating impact on the Island. As you know, we've been working non-stop to help 10 women regain their sense of independency after losing everything in Loiza, but even after these two years have passed and we've made enormous strides, the reality is that there's still a lot of work to be done.

The original 10 women have made such an inspiring recovery and many are still repairing or rebuilding their houses. As we took stock on these developments, and aware of the anniversary, we went back to our communities and found that there are still houses with blue tarps provided by FEMA, that originally were made to withstand six months of use and are still in use on at least 20 roofs. This is unacceptable.

The fact that some peple still have to live in those conditions shakes us to our core, and we've organized a new census to figure out who's most vulnerable, what do they need, and act. As you know, we depend on donations for these efforts. As always, we count on you.

In line with our service to our community, the recent threat of Hurricane Dorian prompted us to organize and distribute tens of hundreds of bags and boxes of food and first-aid articles for everyone. We knew, first hand, the desperation that comes from facing an emergency without basic supplies. Generous people and organizations donated new tarps and all the food and first-aid articles, and we raced against the clock to get everything to the people. Knowing that they wouldn't have to deal with the unknown at such a precarious time was of the upmost importance. We have done it before and will do it again.

Two years have passed since Hurricane Maria, but people still need help. As always, you can help us make a lasting change, not only for those without roofs, but in the efforts to educate and help people so another emergency can be faced with confidence.

Onward,

 

Alejandra.

Food drive
Food drive
Donated first-aid items
Donated first-aid items
Everything was distributed in 24 hours.
Everything was distributed in 24 hours.
Oct 3, 2019

Education is key!

Food drive
Food drive

Dear friend,

 

These last months have been very busy in Taller Salud and we cannot be more honored to be able to help the people of Loiza, especially in these summer months.

The threat of hurricane Dorian led us to organize, in less than a week, a massive food and first-aid items drive for our communities.Thanks to donations, from you and from allied organizations, we distributed hundres of bags and boxes filled with food, first-aid items and care items for bed-ridden people all over Loiza, helping them be prepared for the last part of the hurricane season. Thankfully, the damage on the east of the Island was minimal, but this event served as a perfect opportunity to strenghten our community relationships.

When we say that education is key, it's because we've ascertained time and again that plans can be forgotten in the heat of the moment if we don't follow them up. That's why we keep engaged with community leaders, to make sure everyone (them and us) is up to date with emergency preparations. We keep our educational materials current and develop new ones as the need arises.

In other educational news, every month, each of our programs design activities to better connect to our communities. The process is organic and responds to the peoples' needs.

For example, in these last few weeks the Peace and Development program has organized activities from horse races to domino tournaments, to better engage our youth and keep them away from idleness and violence.

In the Women and Health program we've hosted childbirth classes for the women of Loiza, and were happily surprised when people from all over the Island showed up for a month of education, every Friday afternoon.

The Community and Leadership program has been hard at work at advocacy efforts, guiding our community into organizing against a new wave of overdevelopment efforts spearheaded by the private sector and that threaten our right to our public lands. These efforts have taken place all over the Island and once in Washington, DC.

We've been very busy, but the satisfaction always surpasses the hard work. Certainly, this couldn't be done without your continuous support. For that, we thank you.

Best regards,

 

Alejandra

Food drive
Food drive
Childbirth course
Childbirth course
Advocacy material
Advocacy material
Jenifer De Jesus' participation in Washington, DC.
Jenifer De Jesus' participation in Washington, DC.
Jul 3, 2019

The Power of Us

Hello, friends!

We have a lot to celebrate! Taller Salud is turning 40 this year, and we're committed to our goal of helping our women rise from the challenges imposed by poverty and racism in Loiza.

With your generous help, we've put 18 women on the path of recovery after hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Yes, it's been almost two years, but there's still so much to be done and we're working every day to empower our communities, and even though our original goal has to help 10 women, the need was greater than that and, thanks to your donations, we've even able to expand our efforts! For that, we're more than grateful.

Women like Jomaris, Idalis, Efrany, María, Miliam, Rosa, Anabella, María Virginia y María Irene received aid to do home restorations. In some cases -if the houses were beyond repair- we helped them in buying property, and each case has been handled in such a way that all of them have seen positive changes in their lifestyles and can see to the future with hope.

Without you, all these efforts would be impossible. With you, there's no limit to what we can achieve, because when people get organized, they are strengthened. And we'll be there every step of the way.

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