By Sheila Cruz Martinez - INE Community Relations Officer
At this time of the year, concluding a 2018 full of challenges, INE is pleased to inform that we have achieved to maintain all of our 194 Montessori Guides' Assistants in their classrooms during all year long. This year 2018 was very difficult by the passage of the Hurricane Maria though Puerto Rico, but we did it with your help and the effort of all those communities and persones comitted with our cause.
We made it through 2018, but we can't lower the guard as the long-term repercussions on the government and the ecnomy of Puerto Rico will continue affecting us and theatening our mission.
At this time INE has mantain all of the Montessori Guides' Assistant on their positions. They have been a key at this moment of crisis.
After Hurricane Maria it arose a communitarian organization through the Montessori Guides' Assistants to lift up an inventory of the students, their families and their immediate needs. The Montessori Guide Assistants lead the first communitarian response; they collaborate at the refugees, help to clean the schools, distributed supplies and supported the needs from the served families. The assistants give emotional support at each one of the schools that served as communitarian center, the fundamental help was attend the students and giving the caregivers the opportunity to look for help and solve home situations. The principal goal was back to normal as soon as possible, the kids through the school, achieved it.
Greysha Algarín, resident from Península de Cantera community have two kids and lost their home roof and all their belongings. As well as the scholar community (director, assistants and teachers) and Familiar House Program collaborate with this family and managed to get clothes for the kids, food hygiene articles as well as water filter and home furniture. Familiar House received the kids with the emotional help services they offered. All this happened thanks to the effort our Assistants in identifying the most pressing needs of the communities.