Caras de las Americas, Puerto Rico

Puma Energy is present in the Guaynabo area of Puerto Rico and it is here that the Foundation contributes to an after-school study programme for children, run by local NGO Caras de las Americas.

The scheme, known as ‘Vietnam Estudia’ operates in the Vietnam, Sabana and Amelia neighbourhoods and is aimed at children aged between 5 and 12.

The programme provides tutoring, extracurricular activities and the right emotional and psychological support to encourage the children to remain in school and on a path to academic achievement. This kind of ‘soft’ support is particularly important as it helps the children deal with any later temptations of becoming involved in an illegal underground environment, which unfortunately, is prevalent in Puerto Rico. 

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The community in Guaynabo is one of the poorest and most neglected in Puerto Rico. Almost half of its students drop out of school before age 18. Vietnam Estudia is an after-school programme that offers children aged 5 to 12 tutoring, mental and emotional health services as well as extracurricular activities. Puma Energy Foundation’s dollars were put towards this volunteer-run programme that works with marginalised children and their families. In 2016, 75% of students improved grade average to B or higher. Personal growth workshops, arts and crafts and sports tuition were conducted. New mothers received leadership and computer training, and 5 jobs were created in the community.

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