Nov 3, 2020

Breaking Barriers

Exterior picture of our facilities
Exterior picture of our facilities

We would like to start our report by thanking our Donors for their support and wishing them good health during these difficult times of COVID-19. 

On October 13th the Board of Directors approved the development of an Accessibility Plan where a comprehensive assessment on structural barriers will be conducted with the purpose of becoming ADA compliant.  It is our commitment and responsibility to provide equal access for people with disability into our institution.  

Currently, we are working on an internal survey that covers the parking spaces, door clear width measurements, doors opening force and accessible slopes, among others.  Once we complete the survey that has already started, a barrier list solution will be completed to take on the action plan. Approval for structural engineering services have been granted by the Board of Director.  

On another note, because of Huracan Maria, many damages were caused to our facility and thank you to all our supporters we have been able to complete the following repairs:

1. Light bulbs at the outside of the main house.

2. Painting (exterior)

3. Small exterior light bulbs

4. All air conditioners were repaired

5. Orchid Garden

6. Cistern pipes

7. Light panels in the study room

8. Residency gate

9. Clinical Office roof

10. Chapel roof shingles 

11. Alarm System

We still have more repairs to complete and those will be done as financial resources are available.  Thank you again to all our donors who believe in our project and continue supporting us throughout these difficult COVID times. 

Oct 8, 2020

Halfway Thru!

New Fridge
New Fridge

Greetings to all our donors and thank you very much for your support.  We hope that you all are doing well during these difficult times.  It is with great pleasure that we announce that we have been able to buy the industrial fridge thanks to the donations received thru GlobalGiving as well as other private ones.  We have increased the food storage capability ensuring all food safety measures.  It is our responsibility to offer a balanced and nutritional meal to all our participants and having the necessary storage equipment is definitively part of the process. 

We are still in need to buy the industrial refrigerator.  Meanwhile, we continue storing the frozen food into two small refrigerators that we use temporarily until we raise the funds to buy the industrial one.  Several challenges are present as we have to make more trips to the supermarket exposing the staff to now the community spread Corona Virus.  We hope that we can get the equipment soon to avoid the staff exposure to the COVID-19.  This way we assure the safety of our participants as well.  

Thank you very much for continuing with us along the way.  We have faith that better times will come soon.  Take care, stay healthy and God bless you and you family.

Small freezer - 1
Small freezer - 1
Small freezer - 2
Small freezer - 2
Aug 31, 2020

They made it!

When a caring and loving environment is provided to a child in need, adversity is handled more effectively and resilience is possible. The girls at Hogares Teresa Toda has shown great deal of strength during this year amid the challenges presented: earthquakes, pandemic, distanced education along with the other emotional baggage that they are dealing with related to their exposure to traumatic experiences. Hogares Teresa Toda is proud to say that our participants have raised to the occasion and have being able to complete the school year with an excellent academic performance.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Hogares Teresa Toda served a total of seventeen girls of which fourteen completed their academic year at the facility. The fourteen residents who completed their academic year at the facility passed, seven of them with an overall average of 90% or higher and the other seven with averages of 80% or more. Three girls graduated from the eighth grade and participated in the graduation ceremonies following the security measures adopted in leu of the COVID-19 pandemic. A resident graduated from High School and was accepted to the Universidad del Este, Carolina Campus. This student was admitted to the Social Work program. Another participant was admitted to her school's honor roll.

 Every residents benefited from supervised study and tutoring at the facility Monday through Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. In this space the residents completed their assignments, special projects and studied for their exams.

A total of 396 hours of supervised study was offered.

Due to the situation of the pandemic, during this academic year (2019-2020) all residents took their classes online through different social platforms from March 2020 (Teams, Google Classroom, Zoom and WhatsApp) . The facility provided each resident access to the internet, computers, and tablets. The participants were offered computer classes at the facility where basic skills of the WORD, POWER POINT programs, among others, were taught. 

Hogares had the pleasure of celebrating their achievements in an Award Ceremony taking into account all needed COVID-19 measures. 

Along with the educational plan executed to address the pandemic times, the girls continued to have other therapeutic activities like cooking classes, nails workshops and Games activities among others.  

We thank our donors for their support and wish them good health in these times of adversity.  Thank you fo being present in the life of these girls. You are helping us make the difference.

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