Proyecto Matria, Miraflores

Even before Hurricane Maria, many of the children at Hogar Cuna San Cristobal had already lived through traumatic events. Many were taken from their families, often on multiple occasions, because of abuse or neglect, and placed in foster care by the Department of Family of Puerto Rico. For them Hogar Cuna is their fourth or fifth stop in the system, and hopefully their last.

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During the 51 days following Hurricane Maria, the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR), located in Santurce, remained closed to the public. Meanwhile, on the inside the museum's personnel worked tirelessly to safeguard the permanent collection. A generator kept the humidity levels and temperature of the museum stable protecting the artworks, some of which date back to the seventeenth century.

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Inside a small classroom in a church located in the Miraflores sector of Orocovis, about 20 people, mostly women, graduated from the first empowerment workshops of the Casa Solidaria program, created by the non-profit organization Proyecto Matria. They stepped outside to pose for a photo -- smiling and enthusiastically holding up their certificates with the mountains as the backdrop -- which is later published on social media with the hashtag: #MirafloresEsElFuturo. Miraflores is the Future.

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During the crisis that followed hurricanes Irma and Maria, one of the biggest challenges was effective communication, particularly between people with the resources and ability to help and communities in urgent need of supplies and assistance. Responding to this situation, the non-profit organization Caras con Causa, led by executive director Michael Fernández, recruited programmers from the technology company Propel BI to create ConnectRelief, a digital platform for collecting data after natural disasters.

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Since 2000, the nonprofit organization Nuestra Escuela has tackled the issue of school dropouts  through alternative education. Their model doesn't just focus on academic and intellectual development, it also addresses the emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs of the students.

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