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Feb 11, 2020

Imaginacion Post-Maria: Moving Forward

Humacao: Searching for Water Springs
Humacao: Searching for Water Springs

Dear GlobalGiving community,

It is with great enthusiasm that we share with you some of the strides made with La Maraña's community participatory recovery model, Imaginación Post-María. As mentioned in our GlobalGiving project, these funds are being channeled directly to bringing the Imaginación Post-María model to life in three communities across Puerto Rico. In this quarter, we have successfully transitioned to the implementation of each community's commonly elected social impact project, which has been made possible through the offering of a 50-75k grant in each community and active participatory construction processes.

Here is a quick highlight to what has been achieved in each community in this past quarter: 

La Vuelta del Dos, Los Guaretos and Los Padillas, Comerío

  • Having been left in the dark for over 9 months after the passing of hurricanes Irma and María, the youth-led leadership of La Vuelta del Dos, Los Guaretos and Los Padillas has focused their recovery efforts on the creation, advocacy and execution of a solar energy social impact project for their community. With the the first allotment of La Maraña's 50k grant in hand, the community has already installed over a dozen solar posts that illuminate public and pedestrian spaces in their community. This month, we hope to offer the second allotment of the 50k grant, which will launch the construction phases of a diversity of solar energy equipment (including a microgrid!) to further illuminate the community and the exciting construction of public infrastructure (domino tables, benches, railings, etc.) to accompany these newly lit areas.

San Antón and Saint Just, Carolina

  • As part of community organizing and planning efforts, the black and women-led San Antón and Saint Just community in Carolina has taken on the exciting task of transforming their abandoned school into a community hub that offers alternative schooling, small-business development and sustainable agriculture. In this quarter, we successfully handed the first allotment of La Maraña's 50-75k grant in order to officially catapult the social impact project they elected: the creation of a public space and fruit forest in the green areas that surround the abandoned school, coupled by avante-garde artistic programming and a culinary space. These funds have propelled the beginning construction stages of preparing and cleaning the soil for the future construction of the public space and fruit forest!

Mariana and Jagüeyes, Humacao

  • Due to the dire need to find local-based solutions to disaster recovery, the Mariana and Jagüeyes community in Humacao is mapping, designing and executing a Community-Driven Emergency Plan based on their most abundant resource: natural water springs. Together with La Maraña’s team, the community has designed a network of water hubs and wells that stretch across the lush mountains of their community. With the first allotment of the 50k grant already offered, two of the three community water stations have been built and the terrain has been prepared for an additional community water well. In this upcoming month, the final allotment of the grant will be offered to ensure full project completion. 

Bringing all of these designs to life has been a brave journey, where collective imagination has emerged to demonstrate that communities have the innate power to dream and materialize their ideas for change. We are only in the beginning stages of construction in all three communities, so stay tuned to see full project completion in the upcoming months!

Finally, in addition to these great strides in Imaginación Post-María’s original three community allies, this year we are excited to announce the integration of a fourth community in La Maraña's work: Malecón de Naguabo. Collaborating with the community fishermen cooperative, we will be working hand-in-hand with this coastal community in order to create a Community-Driven Master Plan that will help decipher new alternatives to strengthen their local fishing cooperative model and further spur community engagement.

It is such an honor to continue receiving your support and have you accompany us on this just recovery journey.

With so much care,
La Maraña's Team
Humacao: Water Station
Humacao: Water Station
Comerio: Community Lighting Workshop
Comerio: Community Lighting Workshop
Comerio: Community Light Post
Comerio: Community Light Post
Carolina: Public Space and Fruit Forest Design
Carolina: Public Space and Fruit Forest Design
Carolina: School Brigade
Carolina: School Brigade
Nov 13, 2019

THANK YOU, we finally inaugurated Iris Home!!

Iris Trinidad's Home Inauguration
Iris Trinidad's Home Inauguration

Dear all, 

Guess what!?!? Iris home was finally inaugurated on October 16th!!! On the day of the inauguration, we wrapped up final painting details and all shared a wonderful home-cooked meal (dominican mangú!) prepared by Iris herself. Since many of you were not able to make it to this joyous day, and yet were a pivotal part of making this dream a reality, we wanted to share with you this beautiful video that captures the collaborative essence of this house reconstruction

Thank you for being a part of this process (no matter how far or close you may be in the world!)

So grateful,

La Maraña's Team

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Nov 11, 2019

Imaginacion Post-Maria Updates

Dear all, 

It is with great enthusiasm that we share with you some of the exciting new updates in La Maraña's community participatory recovery model, Imaginación Post-María. As mentioned in our GlobalGiving project, these funds are being channeled directly to bringing the Imaginación Post-María model to life in three communities across Puerto Rico. This year, neighbors in each community have been using participatory design and planning skills in order to collaboratively design a community-driven master plan and implement a commonly elected social impact project in their community through the offering of a 50-75k grant and capacity-building collaboration with La Maraña. Additionally, this year we have wrapped up two full house reconstructions that were part of our initial hurricane relief efforts (see videos below!)

Here is a quick highlight to what has been achieved in each community in the past few months:

San Antón and Saint Just, Carolina

  • We successfully inaugurated Iris' home! Having been supported by the GlobalGiving crowdfunding community, we were finally able to construct Iris’ home after it was destroyed by hurricanes Irma and María. Check out the video of her journey back home!
  • As part of community organizing and planning efforts, the black and woman-led San Antón and Saint Just community in Carolina has taken on the exciting task of transforming their abandoned school into a community hub that offers alternative schooling, small-business development and sustainable agriculture. Through Imaginación Post-María, La Maraña will offer the community a 50-75k grant to catapult the social impact project they elected: the creation of a public space and fruit forest in the green areas that surround the abandoned school, coupled by avante-garde artistic programming and culinary and holistic health spaces. We are currently active in the participatory design phase of this social impact project and hope to soon launch full implementation.

La Vuelta del Dos, Los Guaretos and Los Padillas, Comerío

  • As part of hurricane relief efforts, we achieved the full construction of Luis’s home in Comerío! Like all of La Maraña’s participatory design projects, the community was embedded in every step of the process - from design imagination workshops to community construction workers leading the building efforts. Check out this beautiful video of the full home reconstruction process
  • Having been left in the dark for over 9 months after the passing of hurricanes Irma and María, the youth-led leadership of La Vuelta del Dos, Los Guaretos and Los Padillas have focused their recovery efforts on the creation, advocacy and execution of a solar energy social impact project for their community. The design process integrated community feedback at every turn and today this community will use a diversity of solar energy equipment (including a microgrid!) to illuminate all public and pedestrian spaces in their community. In late October, we were proud to sign our grant agreement and offer the community the first allotment of their 50k grant for their solar energy initiative! 

Mariana and Jagüeyes, Humacao

  • Due to the dire need to find local-based solutions to disaster recovery, the Mariana and Jagüeyes community in Humacao is mapping, designing and executing a Community-Driven Water Plan based on their most abundant resource: natural water springs. Together with La Maraña’s team, the community has designed a network of water hubs and wells that stretch across the neighborhood. La Maraña will soon be handing in a 50k grant to bring this design to life!

Finally, in addition to these great strides in Imaginación Post-María’s implementation, we wanted to share a wonderful victory in our organization. La Maraña’s women co-leadership, Alexandra Llegus and Sofía Unanue, have been awarded the Open Society Foundation’s New Executives Fellowship, now becoming part of a 60+ cohort of international leaders hoping to harness their leadership skills in order to spur their organization’s growth.

It is such an honor to continue receiving your support and have you accompany us on this just recovery journey.

With so much love,

La Maraña's Team

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