The passing of Hurricanes Irma and Maria taught us about the importance of preparation, and that our resilient spirit must be accompanied by adequate safety and prevention plans. That is why day by day, in the process of rebuilding the school, we integrate all the necessary measures so that our children and our youth are in spaces prepared for possible atmospheric or natural events. One can never be sufficiently prepared for a disaster and its consequences, but still, safer places can be built.
As we advanced in the reconstruction of our educational center in Caguas, to have an increasingly beautiful and functional school, as well as the school that our community deserves, a series of earthquakes occurred and caused damage throughout the South region of the Island. It was then that we invested in replacing the glasses of Nuestra Escuela in Caguas, to ensure that in the event of an earthquake, no boy or girl is injured by the breaking of it. This was possible thanks to many small donations that trusted on Nuestra Escuela again. We continue to rely on our ability to undertake the day-to-day challenges to rebuilding our school, and allow ourselves to be a safe space for hundreds of lives of children and young people to rebuild themselves in a space of love, beauty and healing. .
The school continues to grow and advance in the reconstruction of the last area still without remodeling in the building. It was necessary to conduct environmental studies, to ensure that the old building was not affected by asbestos. Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving we were able to hire a specialized company to carry out this study. We now have the certification to continue advancing in the last steps of our great dream!
With our spirit full of strength, love and desire to be the Puerto Rico we dream of, we acquired materials to create an outdoor recreational space in the public square of Caguas. This outdoor space is for boys and girls to grow by educating themselves in a service model that addresses their interests and that is designed based on their needs, but above all, that respects their own rhythm. We are clear that Our Mission of Love is to continue creating spaces where joy, play and challenges are a significant part of learning in Nuestra Escuela.
A month after Hurricanes Irma and María, our students decided on an assembly to work providing services to the community, fundamentally cleaning areas devastated by the hurricanes, and offering hot food for the nearby communities. In the collection of waste, tree trunks that had been uprooted by the strong winds were recovered: these trees were turned into work tables, where our young people study to build day by day the future they dream; They share dreams of building a stronger, fairer and more supportive Puerto Rico.
The power of beauty
Every time a family arrives at Nuestra Escuela looking for a way out of the difficult circumstances they live in; every time a visit gets to know of our work; Each time a staff member joins to serve with us, the reaction is the same "This is beautiful". Thanks to the support of each of you, we continue to build the school we dreamt of. The mission of love of Nuestra Escuela is fulfilled every time a young person finds himself in a safe, clean and comfortable space; every time a child can grow in a space of love, where their growth and learning rhythm is respected.
Each of the spaces that we rebuild and equip become a corner of hope and healing. Nuestra Escuela exists so that those who grew up in vulnerable situations can rebuild their spirit and become the person they dreamt of. Being part of Global Giving means a lot to each of the lives that are transformed here. It has been a gateway towards quality of life and common well-being.
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Nuestra Escuela is celebrating its 19th anniversary. Thanks to the support of Global Giving after Hurricane María we inaugurated the building that today serves as the headquarters of educational services and biosocial support to youth and children of limited resources from Caguas and nearby communities. The semester began with the Esencia Vital Workshop, an experience through which young people recover their ability to dream and the power to believe in themselves.
In addition, Nuestra Escuela continues to educate based on love for nature and teach children and youth to develop agricultural skills. This initiative allows young people and children to acquire tools that will allow them to mitigate the problem of food security in Puerto Rico. In the same way, it supports the creation of social conscience to the new generations.
Finally, the building located in the urban center serves as a space at the service of the community. In which several activities have been carried out in benefit of the residents of Caguas and the bordering areas. For example, the Encuentro de Economía Social y Solidaria (Social and Solidarity Economy Meeting), an initiative that brought together people from different countries around the world. This event succeeded in generating an experience for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs to develop other forms of economy that help the recovery of the country.
We are committed to the recovery of our nation. Thanks to your donation and support we can work with children, youths, and adults in Puerto Rico. Thank you for supporting our Mission of Love! Gracias!
Thanks to your donations, Nuestra Escuela continues to offer services to the children and youth of Caguas and nearby communities. The construction of additional spaces to expand services is in its final stage. So, our kids and youth will have a better space for receiving academic and biopsychosocial services. In addition, it was possible to offer food, participate in sporting events and support families in the development of healthy relationships.
As part of the activities that have been possible we highlighted vocational exploration and preparation for employment. Participating in workshops in journalism, mechanics, agriculture and styling. Your donation has been essential in the transformation of the students, who are developing into responsible citizens, committed to their communities. Likewise, our children experienced activities that allowed them to experience contact with nature.
Thanks to your support, our students learn social and financial skills for their lives. Nuestra Escuela is committed to the development of children and young people and your donation makes our work possible. If you continue supporting us, we will be able to keep sharing our Mission of Love. ¡Gracias!
Our dream of recovering our garden was possible through the donations we received. We reopenedtheUrbanagroecological garden:“Calidad de Vida”aspace for recreation and educationalactivities. This isanagriculturalproposalinwhichyoungpeoplefulfillthepurposeofeducating themselvesintheartofcultivating theland by rescuing obsolete spacesinthecenterofthecityofCaguasandtransforming theminproductiveareas. Thisspacewillallowourstudents,as well asstudentsfromneighboringpublic schools, to have asafeplacetodevelopagriculturalskills.
As this new semester begins, students had Esencia Vital, our three-day workshop, return to their classes and participated in an assembly to define the school budget. In that activity, theyouthdiscussedhow Nuestra Escuela should expend the money. Students decided that this semester we need to focus on: humanresources,facilities, the rebuilding process,insurance,schoolmaterials,transportation, food,amongothers.
There is still a lot of work to be done in the building, but thanks to your kindness, our kids and youth have a place for having academic and biopsychosocial services. Thanks to your support, our students learn social and finance skills for their lives. As a result of your donation, Nuestra Escuela keeps dreaming and creating safe spaces for young and kids from Caguas and neighboring municipalities. We are committed to childhood, education and the rights of children and youth in Puerto Rico and around the world. We want to thank you for support us! Gracias!
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