Part of the continuing efforts of Fundación Tropicalia’s School Renovation and Maintenance Program (PRyME) is to carry out small maintenance projects throughout the year to ensure that schools maintain environments conducive to learning. Most recently a five day maintenance project took place at El Guaco, a primary school located in El Cedro, where members of the community volunteered hours to execute this project with the help of Fundación Tropicalia. El Cedro is a community known for its artisanal fishing in Laguna Redonda and El Guaco is home to nearly 40 of its students. Some of the project’s goals included the construction of three bathrooms, drainage repair and construction, and landscaping.
PRyME at El Guaco
UNESCO statistics reveal that only 30% of women around the world choose higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Globally, female student enrollment is particularly low in with a mere 3% in data sciences and technology, 5% in natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, and 8% in engineering, manufacturing and construction.
I’m a big fan of giving back and making a difference, especially when it is for children in need. I also believe that making a difference has no boundaries. So sit back and let me take you on a trip to the Dominican Republic. That’s right — the D.R., a place where many residents of our valley head to hit the beach, windsurf, kite surf and let the good times roll.