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Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria

by Programa de Educacion Comunal de Entrega y Servicio, Inc.
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Natural disaster preparedness workshop
Natural disaster preparedness workshop
   Resilience is better achieved when you are able to assess your risks and when you feel confident about your skills to manage them. That is why we established preparedness workshops in our alternative high school.
   Seventy students and 15 teachers have benefited from workshops, drills and other preparedness education for dealing with natural disasters.
   These teenagers now feel empowered about their skills and they can become key resources to their families and neighborhoods in situations like hurricanes or earthquakes. Not to mention their overall emotional resilience as they grow into healthy and confident adults.
   We are grateful to all donors and allies who have made these workshops possible. Please continue to donate so we can continue this effort and address other topics of emotional and community resilience with children and teenagers in our neighborhoods.
   Thank you! 
                           
 
Natural disaster preparedness workshop
Natural disaster preparedness workshop
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Dear friends:

As we approach the Holidays and children get ready to spend more time with family and friends, we look back to all the growth that we have seen in our participants and their parents. 

The students have shown academic progress, and families are demonstrating emotional strength. So we see them go into the new year with hope.

After doing a program assessment, we are planning to shift the project to serve a new population: teenagers from our alternative high school.  

In the next weeks, you will see this campaign transformed into a new one -- with a revised title and new objectives. The main goal will be the same: to provide participants with emotional resilience tools so they can face the future with confidence. Of course, some adaptations will be made according to the characteristics and needs of high school students. We will share more details soon!

Stay tuned for more information on our educational model and how we plan to insert these tools into our curriculum.

We wish you all a blessed New Year and hope to have your support for this new endeavour.

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We just got the numbers from our report for the 2018-2019 school year, with great results -- thanks to all our donors and allies!

The project managed to provide tutoring services in the areas of English, Spanish, Mathematics, and Science, as well as offering workshops, counseling, therapies, and recreational activities. For the Monday to Thursday extended hours, we had an attendance of of 116 participants from 77 families of the Municipality of Humacao.

63% of participants invested at least eight hours per week in mentoring activities that encouraged positive behavior, academic enrichment activities linked to multiple intelligences, sports activities and personal enrichment activities.

The Program reached out to  students and their families to help strengthen family relationships. Academic enrichment activities were offered with different learning opportunities, integrating recreational activities, sports, fine arts, technology, educational trips, plays, etc. As part of coping with the trauma of a natural disaster, children and youth participated on daily activities during the year in maintaining the school spaces clean, such as classrooms, surroundings, and interior and exterior courtyards. This activity allowed the children to become aware of the importance of keeping their school and community clean in order to live in environments that are pleasing to all and to be protagonists in the creation of the future from their own hands.

As for academic achievements:

  • 100% was promoted to the next grade level.
  • 60% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of Spanish
  • 53% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of English
  • 30% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of Mathematics
  • 48% of the participants demonstrated progress in the subject of Science

The children have shown improvement with better academic achievements, and also contagious enthusiasm. We have seen positive relationship developments among  the children, parents and the group of young mentors.

Again, this is only possible because of your help. So please continue to support this project so we can celebrate another successful school year. 

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The arrival of summer means it is time to measure how we are doing. We can say it has been a busy semester: our Social Work team carried out  27 individual, 5 group and 6 family interventions. The Psychology team performed 9 interventions with parents individually, 3 workshops with parents and 20 individual sessions with participants. 

Topics discussed with parents included: 

1. Promoting good mental health in our children. 

2. Managing my emotions. 

3. Preparing our Emergency Backpack before, during and after a natural disaster. 

4. How to teach resilience to our children. 

5. Identifying the location of rainwater drains in my community. 

Additional topics covered 

  1.  How to maintain rainwater drains in my community. 

2. Values. 

3. Fostering affective relationships. 

4. Fire Prevention. 

 

We have noticed that combining practical topics related to preparedness with more personal topics on emotional resilience is a good practice that allows us to address resilience in a more holistic way.

Again, thanks to all who have contributed to this effort. We look forward to taking the project to the next level. Have a happy summer!!

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Children flying their kites by the ocean
Children flying their kites by the ocean

The beginning of 2019 has been very active in the process providing resilience tools to Punta Santiago's children. Our goal is for participants to have a better understanding of what it means to take care of themselves and of each other, and how that helps them become a more resilient person and community. We want to reach as many children and families as possible before the next hurricane season, so there is a lot of work still to be done!

Some of the tools we have used:

-116 children, aged 6 to 14, have received psychosocial services related to their family situation after Hurricane Maria;

-67 families benefited from different services, including group workshops about resilience and support regarding their children's academic progress; 

-Our Social Work and Psychology Services teams have served both adults and children through individual interventions and group counseling;

-Families have engaged in community service events as an experience on how to express solidarity with their neighbors;

-Children have also enjoyed several recreational activities, like kite flying by the ocean (the same ocean that flooded their neighborhood more than a year ago); book readings; theater and others.

-Preparedness has also been a topic discussed with families and children, with visits from first responders (like the local firestation); and workshops on how to prepare an emergency backpack.

The combined effect of these tools, and other we have put in place, is that the children in our community appear to be calmer, happier, and more willing to participate in preparedness processes that are part of community life. We believe that this transformation will carry them to a better future for them, their families and Punta Santiago.

Firemen visited the community's elementary school
Firemen visited the community's elementary school
Art is one of the tools for healing and resilience
Art is one of the tools for healing and resilience
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Programa de Educacion Comunal de Entrega y Servicio, Inc.

Location: Humacao - Puerto Rico
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Twitter: @pecesinc
Project Leader:
Nancy Madden
Punta Stgo, Puerto Rico

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