El Pueblo Unido
By Savannah Lira, Program Officer
In 2018, El Pueblo Unido was founded as a charitable project whose mission is to create sustainable, enriching exchange programs between public school students and educators on the United States mainland and in Puerto Rico.
This past December and January, Puerto Rico faced non-stop earthquakes, including eleven that were 5.0 or higher on the ricter scale. El Pueblo Unido’s partner school, Asuncion Rodriguez de Sala, was in the heavily damaged city of Guayanilla and five of the school’s families were rendered homeless.
El Pueblo Unido immediately started planning a relief trip to help these families get back on their feet. In the following weeks, they collected donations to help these families find new housing, and buy necessary supplies so that they can return to their normal lives.
“As an organization, our commitment has always been dedicated to support public school students. When the earthquakes hit Guayanilla, we rushed to support our students through donations, providing exploration classes and emotional support.
In our efforts, we were able to provide support to the teachers and reach young adults in a collaboration with the Municipality Museum. For us, education is the axis of our mission, no matter where and how, we will be there.”
El Pueblo Unido is a great example of the responsive, community-focused organizations that we at PVF love to work with.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF) serves as the fiscal depository for the El Pueblo Unido Program to support its mission for educational relief in Puerto Rico.