Puerto Rico School Repair: Luis Muñoz Marin

In Projectsby Brother's Brother Foundation


Luis Muñoz Marin is a secondary school located in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. It serves approximately 227 students, 80% of whom are primarily low-income. Furthermore, over 25% of students are special education. In addition to serving children in the area, the school serves as a community space for adults, offering education services to those living nearby.

As a result of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and Hurricane Beryl in 2018, the school’s outdoor basketball court area requires restoration. Among other thing, this includes painting, bird netting, and lighting. The current estimate is based on quotes procured by Drogueria Betances, one of two of BBF’s primary partners on the ground. Ponce Medical Foundation, the group responsible for BBF’s solar installation program in Puerto Rico, will be assisting in the repair process.
Proposal: Fund reconstruction costs for Escuela Margarita Rivera, a special education school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

Request Amount: $45,000. BBF staff suggests funding $30,000 of this amount.

Background: During the January visit of Luke Hingson, Phil Jones, and Ron Alvarado to Puerto Rico, Drogueria Betances - one of BBF’s partners – conducted a tour of Escuela Margarita Rivera in the township of Gurabo. Following the site visit, Drogueria Betances sent a request to BBF for funding for the school.

BBF has previously funded the reconstruction efforts of two other schools in Puerto Rico – Agustin Stahl High School and Republica de Costa Rica Vocational School. BBF selected these previous schools through local partnerships with Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances.

Escuela Margarita Rivera was hit hard by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The buildings were heavily affected by damage, and as a result the classroom experience of children has been affected.

The school has a focus on special needs children. In addition, many of the students enrolled are affected by poverty - last year the school enrolled 397 students, 87% of whom were eligible for free or reduced lunch.

All previous Puerto Rican schools funded by BBF have been completing their reconstruction work on schedule.

BBF Cost: The school has requested $60,714 total. Of this amount, Raul Rodriguez, the head of both Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances, has offered to pay $15,000. BBF staff recommends paying $30,000 of the remaining $45,714. The funds would be used to fix the air conditioning units, to rebuild roofing, installation of a specialized playground, building of an indoor play area, and handy man services. Everything other than the indoor play area would be bought in Puerto Rico, which means the funds would further go towards boosting the local economy. The quote was received on February 19th (See attached budget here.)

Funding the school would bring BBF’s total hurricane money for 2017 to approximately $180,000.

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Current State of the Basketball Court

Proposal: Fund reconstruction costs for Escuela Margarita Rivera, a special education school in Gurabo, Puerto Rico.

Request Amount: $45,000. BBF staff suggests funding $30,000 of this amount.

Background: During the January visit of Luke Hingson, Phil Jones, and Ron Alvarado to Puerto Rico, Drogueria Betances - one of BBF’s partners – conducted a tour of Escuela Margarita Rivera in the township of Gurabo. Following the site visit, Drogueria Betances sent a request to BBF for funding for the school.

BBF has previously funded the reconstruction efforts of two other schools in Puerto Rico – Agustin Stahl High School and Republica de Costa Rica Vocational School. BBF selected these previous schools through local partnerships with Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances.

Escuela Margarita Rivera was hit hard by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The buildings were heavily affected by damage, and as a result the classroom experience of children has been affected.

The school has a focus on special needs children. In addition, many of the students enrolled are affected by poverty - last year the school enrolled 397 students, 87% of whom were eligible for free or reduced lunch.

All previous Puerto Rican schools funded by BBF have been completing their reconstruction work on schedule.

BBF Cost: The school has requested $60,714 total. Of this amount, Raul Rodriguez, the head of both Luis Garraton and Drogueria Betances, has offered to pay $15,000. BBF staff recommends paying $30,000 of the remaining $45,714. The funds would be used to fix the air conditioning units, to rebuild roofing, installation of a specialized playground, building of an indoor play area, and handy man services. Everything other than the indoor play area would be bought in Puerto Rico, which means the funds would further go towards boosting the local economy. The quote was received on February 19th (See attached budget here.)

Funding the school would bring BBF’s total hurricane money for 2017 to approximately $180,000.
Luis Muñoz Marin is a secondary school located in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. It serves approximately 227 students, 80% of whom are primarily low-income. Furthermore, over 25% of students are special education. In addition to serving children in the area, the school serves as a community space for adults, offering education services to those living nearby.

As a result of Hurricane Maria in 2017 and Hurricane Beryl in 2018, the school’s outdoor basketball court area requires restoration. Among other thing, this includes painting, bird netting, and lighting. The current estimate is based on quotes procured by Drogueria Betances, one of two of BBF’s primary partners on the ground. Ponce Medical Foundation, the group responsible for BBF’s solar installation program in Puerto Rico, will be assisting in the repair process.

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Current Ceiling Situation
Current State of the Basketball Court

Current Sidewalk Situation