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.

Jul 2, 2020

Quarantine and Stay Home Executive Orders

We would like to start our report by hoping good health to all of our donors and thanking them for their continued support.  This 2020 has been a very challenging year worldwide, but when it comes to  Puerto Rico, it has been a little bit more particular as we started the year with several earthquakes in the South of the Island.  Then, we were hit by a pandemic and now we are dealing with a severe drought.  But, no matter the difficulties, we strongly belief that together we raise stronger as the good resilient people that we have been proven to be. 

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Puerto Rico has been in Stay Home Executive Order since March 15, 2020.  This has put on hold all repairs projects in the program.  Our main focus these months has been keeping our participants in good health by following all hygiene and preventive methods against COVID-19.  Now that we are entering in a less restrictive executive order phase, in regards to the COVID-19, we will start resuming our repairing plans but with great caution to avoid any outbreak in the facility.  

Taking into account the budget limitations, we have established a set of priorities in the next several months. We will start by fixing the cover of the electric generator as Hurricane season is here. Then, we will fix the roof of one of the houses and then paint some areas of the facility. All these repairs will have to be made with all our residents in the facility as this year the resident will remain in the program during the month of July due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

Jun 10, 2020

Work in Progress

First of all, we want to thank all our donors for their kindness and support to our organization.  Your contribution makes the difference in the life of all our girls. 

Any progress is a good progress, so we are very grateful to announce that we are close to meet half of our goal in this this project.  We continue our fundraising efforts to acquire a new industrial fridge and freezer to fulfill the nutritional needs for our residents.  As of today, we have being able to raise $4,275 thru different fundraising campaigns including social media ones and GlobalGiving. We are very close to get the money to buy the refrigerator.   

We have being accommodating the food in a small fridge and a small refrigerator which force us to buy less amount of food and increase our trips to the supermarket increasing the exposure to the community in times of the COVID-19.  This has been a stressor but this is not going to keep us from providing all nutritional requirements to the girls and adolescents that we serve.

We have more work to do but we are certain that with the support of all our stakeholders, we will meet our goal.  Hogares Teresa Toda is fortunate to walk this pathway along with many people who believe in our mission and support every effort that we do on behalf of our girls and adolescents.  Thank you so much for being there when we need your support. 

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