Puerto Rico School Supplies

In Projects by Brother's Brother Foundation

Proposal: Reimburse or partially reimburse Luis Garraton for their donation to Fortaleza Para Ti, a program started by Puerto Rico’s First Lady, aimed at providing school supplies for children on the island.

Request Amount: Between $15,000 and $25,000. BBF staff recommends $20,000.

Background: Luis Garraton is one of BBF’s primary partners in Puerto Rico. We were initially put in contact with them six weeks after Hurricane Maria, and since then they have been assisting with both high-level recommendations for support, and with detailed logistics work on the island. They were the group that introduced us to the school reconstruction efforts, and we have had several in-person meetings with their team to discuss paths forward in Puerto Rico. In the past they have also contributed funds towards several of our projects.

Their suggestion of funding to Fortaleza Para Ti is based on Luis Garraton’s assessment of need. It is an official initiative of the First Lady of Puerto Rico’s office. This past year it helped 45,000 children with school supplies and equipment. For the upcoming school year in August of 2019, it aims to reach even more children. The attached brochure has more information on the program. Luis Garraton has already made a $30,000 donation to Fortaleza Para Ti, and has asked BBF to contribute as well.
Proposal: Reimburse or partially reimburse Luis Garraton for their donation to Fortaleza Para Ti, a program started by Puerto Rico’s First Lady, aimed at providing school supplies for children on the island.

Request Amount: Between $15,000 and $25,000. BBF staff recommends $20,000.

Background: Luis Garraton is one of BBF’s primary partners in Puerto Rico. We were initially put in contact with them six weeks after Hurricane Maria, and since then they have been assisting with both high-level recommendations for support, and with detailed logistics work on the island. They were the group that introduced us to the school reconstruction efforts, and we have had several in-person meetings with their team to discuss paths forward in Puerto Rico. In the past they have also contributed funds towards several of our projects.

Their suggestion of funding to Fortaleza Para Ti is based on Luis Garraton’s assessment of need. It is an official initiative of the First Lady of Puerto Rico’s office. This past year it helped 45,000 children with school supplies and equipment. For the upcoming school year in August of 2019, it aims to reach even more children. The attached brochure has more information on the program. Luis Garraton has already made a $30,000 donation to Fortaleza Para Ti, and has asked BBF to contribute as well.

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Rationale: Previous suggestions from Luis Garraton have been targeted at what they see as high-need projects. Their local knowledge of the island’s recovery process has been exemplary to date, as our site visits to Puerto Rico have affirmed that all of our previous resource commitments have been well directed. This specific project is something they see as important, and we trust their ability to funnel aid. While we have been working on school reconstruction costs, there are still glaring gaps in student resources. Fortaleza Para Ti also takes a holistic approach to their activities, making sure that students also receive health checkups, know about emergency management in case of another hurricane, and are given an anti-bullying talk. All of this support is to be directed at children who are highest need.

This is also a good opportunity to widen the implementation of our project funding, as we will be contributing to an initiative that has already seen some early success, and has the full backing of an important department of the local government.

BBF Cost: There is approximately $145,000 remaining for hurricane response. If BBF were to match Luis Garraton’s donation of $20,000, this would leave $125,000 for all other projects.
Rationale: Previous suggestions from Luis Garraton have been targeted at what they see as high-need projects. Their local knowledge of the island’s recovery process has been exemplary to date, as our site visits to Puerto Rico have affirmed that all of our previous resource commitments have been well directed. This specific project is something they see as important, and we trust their ability to funnel aid. While we have been working on school reconstruction costs, there are still glaring gaps in student resources. Fortaleza Para Ti also takes a holistic approach to their activities, making sure that students also receive health checkups, know about emergency management in case of another hurricane, and are given an anti-bullying talk. All of this support is to be directed at children who are highest need.

This is also a good opportunity to widen the implementation of our project funding, as we will be contributing to an initiative that has already seen some early success, and has the full backing of an important department of the local government.

BBF Cost: There is approximately $145,000 remaining for hurricane response. If BBF were to match Luis Garraton’s donation of $20,000, this would leave $125,000 for all other projects.