Community leaders from La Moca in Peñuelas, a community devastated by the recent earthquakes in the south, developed a community center so that students who have not been able to take classes since January can resume their studies virtually this semester.
This was explained today by Obie Quiñones, community leader.
“We need to open this educational center soon, since our children and young people have not studied since January. Many of the schools near the La Moca community in Peñuelas were closed by the Department of Education in 2017-2018. Those that remained open were severely affected by the earthquakes. So our boys and girls in the community do not have schools available for their education, “said Quiñones in written statements.
The community leader added that “unfortunately, many children in our community do not have access to the Internet. The La Moca Educational Center comes to offer, free of charge, high quality Internet, in a safe and community place ”.
The leaders already have a protection plan against COVID-19, so they are only waiting to receive the materials they need so that the center can open. To do this, they have created an account through Go Fund Me With which they hope to reach sufficient funds to benefit up to 3,000 children and young people from the community, which is located outside the urban area. The money raised will be used to buy chairs, tables, printing ink, headphones, fans, masks, alcohol, disinfectant, thermometers, toilet paper, paper towels, water, snacks, among other materials.
“Today, we have a 40 x 12 foot office-style trailer equipped with air conditioning, 12 computers, printer, internet, and solar panels. However, due to the pandemic, we have enabled the basketball court in the La Moca sector in Peñuelas to maintain the safety of students with physical distancing and a safe environment, ”explained Elvin Joel Estrada, who is part of of the Board of Directors of the center.
According to the leaders, whoever wishes to contribute materials directly can do so by coordinating the delivery in advance. For this, interested parties can contact (939) 271-8006. To make your monetary contribution, you can access the following link: https://gf.me/u/yuxdcg