Jul 2, 2019

Rising to the challenges!

Filming of episode 7 of "She's Gotta Have It"
Filming of episode 7 of "She's Gotta Have It"

Hello, friends!

 

These last months have been exciting for Taller Salud! As we're preparing ourselves to celebrate our 40-year anniversary, our media presence is growing and more people are noticing the kind of work we do, giving us more reasons to keep pushing ourselves to serve our communities.

Taller Salud was recently showcased in an episode of "She's Gotta Have It", from director Spike Lee. We were honored to be featured on the Netflix show and some of you were inspired to donate to our cause because of it. Thank you!

As you may remember, this project is geared towards funding institutional activities that educate the people of Loiza about our work, and we reached some milestones! In May, we invited urban artists to paint murals depicting messages for peace in Loiza, and dozens of artists showed up on a Saturday, armed with paintbrushes and a lot of illusion, transforming our town in just a day. Thanks to them, the boys, girls, men, and women of Loiza can read messages of peace in their communities and solve their problems through communication.

Also, Taller Salud knows that keeping that peace is a feminist issue: if boys, young adults, and men understand that they can reach for their words, instead of weapons, to solve their differences, Loiza can keep building a culture of tolerance. Towards that goal, we've called on those men who haven't finished school to gather the necessary paperwork and sign up for an accelerated GED course that will allow them to get into the job market. In Taller Salud, we firmly believe that when there's a will, there's a way to get educated, and we've partnered with Nuestra Escuela, an organization that provides tutors and mentorship for at-risk youth. Together, we can change history!

We're also making strides towards empowering women, and we recently graduated another group of Health Promoters. This time, not only we had 18 women from Loiza, but seven from Vieques! This has been the largest promotion to date and we're hoping more young women and girls will get involved in learning how to take care of their minds and bodies and, especially, be willing to teach others.

This is only the beginning! We're committed to helping our people of Loiza, and each of you is instrumental for that goal. Keep supporting our work! Together, we can keep doing great things.

Health Promoters' graduation!
Health Promoters' graduation!
One of our murals, in Mini-Mini
One of our murals, in Mini-Mini
Calling all future GED graduates!
Calling all future GED graduates!

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Apr 4, 2019

Strong women = Thriving communities

Idalis' house
Idalis' house

April 4, 2019

Dear friends,

What a difference your help has made in Loiza! As of this moment, we have helped more than 10 women go back to safe homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In the case of those that lost it all, your donations have made it possible for us to help to buy building materials to repair, rebuild or acquire residences that meet their needs.

It's been 19 months since Maria devastated Puerto Rico and left 3,000 families without a roof in Loiza. Your continuous support means everything to them and has helped Taller Salud's mission of empowering girls and women in the northeastern part of the island.

The latest news is that Rosa is building her new home; Anabella rebuilt hers and, in the case of Jomaris and Idalis, they bought new houses and have moved in. All of this has been possible because of you!

By the end of the year, our organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary. What better way to celebrate this milestone than with the knowledge that these women live and thrive in safe spaces?

This has been possible because you, our friends, keep supporting our organization. We're proud of the job we do, and humbled because, without you, it would not be possible. Again, thank you for your continuous support! Help us help women, and you'll be helping all of society.

Onward!

Jomaris' house
Jomaris' house
Rosa's house, still under construction
Rosa's house, still under construction
Dec 6, 2018

Stronger futures ahead!

Dalia
Dalia

Dear friends, 

As a feminist organization with 39 years of grassroots history in Puerto Rico, we know something to be true: women can do great things, but supported women can do ANYTHING!  In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, in our hometown Loiza, over 3,000 families lost their homes. As we in Taller Salud finished a census of our communities’ needs, it was clear that women were the backbone of recovery - specially long term recovery - of their communities. 

Right now we are helping 10 women leaders to repair, rebuild or acquire a safe home, and we have some good news to share! The latest news are that Elizabeth, Dalia and Modesta are receiving your help, along with 7 other families, whom we help in transition homes, rebuilding their current houses or even finding them other sites to build brand new homes for them and their families. Also, we are co-designing with them economic development plans so that we can support them into fulfilling their talents and dreams. 


After fourteen months of Hurricane Maria's destruction, we want to let you now that these women deeply appreciate your contribution and we want to thank you for trusting our 39 years of community work.

Thanks for all your generosity and support!

Modesta
Modesta

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