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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
One of Our Graduates from our Unusual 2020 Graduat
One of Our Graduates from our Unusual 2020 Graduat

After the January earthquake in PR and continuing to learn to live with constant earth movements, the lives of young people are shaken again with the COVID19 Pandemic. This new challenge broke the regular schemes of education and student care. Caring for health in all PR was a priority, youth and families faced a new reality of life due to the COVID19 Pandemic. The government in mid-March closed all schools in the country, depriving young people of education in person, as it was known. Physical, social distancing, curfew and lockdown were established that disrupted the reality of life of each of the young people. PECES High school did not stop the education process, it continued to offer all services, but this time virtually. Educational and psychosocial support services began to be carried out in various ways using technology. Calls, texts, email, classes by Google Classroom, calls and messages by WhatsApp, Messenger, were some of the modalities used for the continuity of the educational and psychosocial service. Workshops on nutrition, diabetes, health care, training to establish a microenterprise, psychological and social work services were part of the services offered using technology.

It was possible to celebrate the graduation of 52 young people, who overcame many obstacles to achieve this goal. The 2020 graduating class faced Hurricane Maria, earthquakes, and the COVID19 Pandemic in their educational time. These young people had thousands of reasons to drop out of school, to get discouraged and not complete the commitment they made when they arrived at the PECES High school. However, these obstacles were not enough, these 52 students managed to reach their goal, complete high school and graduate from PECES Accredited High School.

The Youth Project: Entrepreneuring with Hope managed to grant scholarships to 20 students who developed and planned their own micro-enterprise. The seed fund assigned to it will allow these 20 young people to generate an income and contribute to their family, the economy of their country and provide services to their community. It was possible to promote leadership, resilience and entrepreneurship in these young people who faced all the situations and the new reality of life and challenges with determination to achieve their goals.

A big thank you to all the donors who continue to make these dreams a reality for our youth. Please continue to donate so we can continue to help transform the lives of the children and teenagers through topics of emotional and community resilience among others.

Our 2020 Graduates that Overcame All Obstacles
Our 2020 Graduates that Overcame All Obstacles

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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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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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