Help Us Rebuild Schools in Puerto Rico

We are asking for the community’s help in providing access to education for the children of Puerto Rico by assisting with the repair and resourcing of local schools in need. The Foundation has begun a partnership with the Puerto Rican Secretary of Education’s office headed by Julia Keleher to assist in the rebuilding and rehabilitation of a local school. The office has identified a school in need in a rural area of Bayamon that caters to many economically disadvantaged kids, many of whom have special needs.

Click here to read about the details of our PR Relief Effort

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Boricuafest 2017

Attend our first fundraising event in support of this initiative. Free food and drinks provided by the best restaurants in the Bronx. All funds raised are dedicated to the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Location: Port Morris Distillery

Address: 780 E 133rd St, Bronx, New York, 10454, United States

Date: Sunday, November 12 2017, 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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PR Relief Efforts - Details

Below you’ll find specific information on our first target school and what we will provide:

The selected school is SU Cacique Majagua located in a rural area in the town of Bayamon. The school is located at Carr 167 Bo Buena Vista Bayamón, PR. The school has provided uninterrupted educational instruction to the whole community for over 100 years. The school shares the vision and mission of the Department of Education; It believes in the continuous pursuit of academic excellence. It aims to provide a variety of high quality services that meets the educational, social and emotional needs of the student.

Student Enrollment: 216 students from K-8. The majority of students are under the poverty level and 90 students are part of the Special Education Program.

Needs list:

  • Provide technological equipment such as computers, printers, photocopiers
  • Re-establish electrical and internet connections, including power generators since power disruptions are common particularly in Kindergarten classrooms
  • Repair HVAC Systems and provide air conditioning units for entire school
  • Reconstruct outside fences, walls, doors, windows, bathrooms
  • Provide urgent improvements to the school library like air conditioning and ceiling replacement

Today in Puerto Rico, schools remain closed more than month after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20th. The biggest problem is lack of electricity, a problem that is slated to take months, if not years, to fix. Many schools are inaccessible, have no running water, and have extensive water damage.

Because of this void, families have begun sending their children, often alone, to waiting family members on the mainland in order to continue their education. While families may find this necessary, the continued exodus slows down the recovery of the island, both from an ever-dwindling tax and consumer base, but also because as more families move, native investment to rebuild communities decreases. It is expected that there will be a massive influx of Puerto Ricans to the mainland. For those children left behind, the access to education, a fundamental human right, is slowly diminishing.

Along with immediate survival assistance, La Unidad Latina Foundation believes that we must also prioritize the renovation and resourcing of schools on the island.

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La Unidad Latina Foundation
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