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Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico

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Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
Students participating on educational services
Students participating on educational services

After the inauguration of our new headquarters, celebrated in August, the school semester began. Now, Nuestra Escuela has 8 equipped classrooms and open areas to offer educational services and biopsychosocial support. Also, the reconstruction of the new building allowed us to increase the number of students from 120 to 205. Our participants come from vulnerable communities in Caguas, Loíza and neighboring municipalities.

Thanks to your donations our staff continues to provide daily lunch to students and their families as well as to our neighbors. Students are being able to create spaces that allow them to share happiness and support their neighbors.

For example, the Jolliest Circle in Nuestra Escuela's students and staff disguised themselves to visit various areas in the town of Caguas sharing music, hugs, and joy. In the same way, the organization's urban gardens were rehabilitated so that both students and neighbors are training to develop agricultural skills. Thanks to your support, Nuestra Escuela is a safe place for the children and young people of Caguas and neighboring communities.

Nuestra Escuela is committed to children and youth in Puerto Rico and around the world. If you continue supporting us, we will be able to keep sharing our Mission of Love.


Thank you for your support! ¡Gracias por su apoyo!  

Students and Staff at the rehabilitated Gardens
Students and Staff at the rehabilitated Gardens
Students and Staff of the Jolliest Circle
Students and Staff of the Jolliest Circle
Students dancing for the public
Students dancing for the public
Students in the new classrooms
Students in the new classrooms

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Students, families and staff  in the inaguration
Students, families and staff in the inaguration

This past August 11th, we got to celebrate a most beautiful and intimate ceremony. Our community rejoiced in the inauguration of our new facilities in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Our dream was possible through the donations we received. There is still a lot of work to be done in the building, but thanks to your kindness, our students have a place where they can receive academic and biopsychosocial services.    

 With the donations we received from you, we have equipped classrooms, service designated areas and the purchase of a refrigerator to continue offering meals for our students and community. The school supplies and educational materials that were acquired will allow children and youths to have the necessary elements for a first quality education.

 Also, with these new headquarters, Nuestra Escuela can now serve more than 120 young people from vulnerable communities. This will allow us to expand our offers with music, arts, sports, and crafts. This opportunity opens a window, so students can develop different skills through projects designed and created by them.

As this new semester begins, students participated in Esencia Vital, our three-day workshop, where they learned how to cope with the pain and loss that Hurricane Maria brought to their lives. Thanks to your support, our family recovered their self-esteem and developed resilience. As a result of your donation, Nuestra Escuela will offer a safe place for young people from Caguas and neighboring municipalities.

Thank you for your donation and support for the work we do helping children, youths, and adults in our beloved Puerto Rico.

Receive a warm hug! 

Nuestra Escuela
Nuestra Escuela's new building
One of Nuestra Escuela
One of Nuestra Escuela's classrooms
Students showing the new facilities
Students showing the new facilities
Nuestra Escuela students in the workshop
Nuestra Escuela students in the workshop
Nuestra Escuela
Nuestra Escuela's students in their first day

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Having lunch together
Having lunch together

Nuestra Escuela’s building in Caguas, Puerto Rico is being transformed little by little. Our dream is to finish rebuilding its structure and be able to keep on offering academic and biopsychosocial services to the more than 120 young people from vulnerable communities in Caguas and neighboring municipalities. After Hurricane María, the young people that we serve and their families were severely affected by lack of power in their homes, no water, shortage of food or supplies and even not having a roof over their heads because they lost it during the natural disaster. Nuestra Escuela has been there to give them a hand during these difficult times. 

Our staff continues providing lunch daily to students and their families as well as to neighbors from the sorrounding communities. Also, our post-traumatic stress initiative has been successful! Our students have been enjoying their mornings by practicing yoga, circus activities and music therapy with experts. These practices are very helpful for mental health and trauma related experiences, specially after a hurricane or any other natural event.

Your donations have been amazing! We have been able to get food, utensils and equipment for our kitchen. Thanks to your help our staff and students have strength and motivation to keep on helping each other and the rest of the community. Our students and teachers are building tables for the next school semester with different kinds of wood from trees that fell during the hurricane. So as you can see, your donations have helped us buy the tools and equipment to transform these tree trunks into an important part of our school furniture.

Nuestra Escuela is committed to children and youth in Puerto Rico and around the world. If you continue supporting us, we are sure that we will be able to keep on sharing our Mission of Love.

Thank you so much for your help! Gracias por tu ayuda!  

Kitchen staff
Kitchen staff
We are making our own tables
We are making our own tables
Yoga session for students
Yoga session for students
Yoga session. Building confidence.
Yoga session. Building confidence.

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After Hurricane Maria on September 2017, the population of Puerto Rico was affected in many ways. One of them was the supply of water and food in the country. Another was having no power or water at home and schools. The vast majority of children and young people in Nuestra Escuela come from severely affected communities. That is why we decided that a community kitchen had to be made in order to meet these needs.

Your help has been of vital importance for the young people whom our institution serves. Not being able to cook in their own homes due to not having power or water or even for not having the economic resources to buy food or other basic needs, has given the strength and motivation to our team to keep on helping each member of our community the best way possible.

Nuestra Escuela has been providing one hot meal a day to students and their families as well as to neighbors from the sorrounding communities. We are aware that more than 50% of our students' parents or guardians have lost their jobs after the natural disaster and as an act of empathy and solidarity we have decided that we will offer all of our support during these difficult moments. That is why we have also started to work with post-traumatic stress in members of our community through playful activities like circus or psychodrama which are very helpful for mental health and trauma related experiences.

The school's building is being transformed little by little. Our dream is to finish it during the next 6 months and be able to keep on offering academic and biopsychosocial services to the more than 120 young people from vulnerable communities that we serve on the island. The lack of electricity does not prevent us from pursuing our dream!

We are committed to childhood, education and the rights of children and youth in Puerto Rico and around the world. If you support us, we are sure that we will be able to continue our Mission of Love. Thank you! Gracias!  

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Nuestra Escuela, Inc

Location: Caguas - Puerto Rico
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Project Leader:
Ana Yris Guzman Torres
Caguas, Puerto Rico
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