Para Nuestra Gente! Puerto Rico Empowerment Initiative Lead By Angie Rose
An initiative of unity, encouragement, engagement, resourcefulness and self-sufficiency. Inspired by the strength and resilience of our Boriken people, we aim to mend the broken, restore the destroyed and rebuild the drained strength that comes from the result of endured loss, neglect and abuse.
Through educational workshops and entertainment via free performances we aim to inspire and empower residents to work together in harmony to help sustain their homes; their communities.
Our strategy is to join forces with every individual willing to lend their talent and time. In collaboration with other organizations and businesses we strive to replenish depleted crops and restore proper infrastructure; all while keeping up spirits, building strength and having fun.
Due to the devastation from recent hurricanes impacted on the islands of Puerto Rico and its many children and families, we only see it fit to unite those willing to lend their talent and time to help empower those in need, As a movement for "Our People", we decided to call this unification of humanitarians; and efforts to provide service to others, "Para Nuestra Gente!".
With help from many partners and volunteers, we have taken it upon ourselves to do what we can to assist with inspiring, uniting and empowering our children and families of Boriken.
In our efforts to help replenish crops lost in the island's devastation we are raising funds to contract local gardeners and chefs. Through an initiative we call CHEF and KIDS we will teach children and families in their local communities how to grow and cook their own food. We have joined efforts to assist companies like Gastro Arte PR(a founding partner of CHEF and KIDS Puerto Rico), Fundacion El Plato Caliente and others to cook for and serve 2,000 hot meals daily to families in the most devastated communities. Fundacion El Plato Caliente is an Initiative Chef Raphael Rodriguez began as soon as hurricanes Irma and Maria unleashed their fury on the island; leaving 80% of the population without food or water till this very day. Unable to generate funds on the island to keep this very important mission as strong as it needs to be, initiatives like Fundacion El Plato Caliente desperately need our support. Together we fuel and strengthen the "Para Nuestra Gente" movement and help empower our beautiful valiant and noble people; enabling them to feed their families and rebuild all that has been lost.
Angie Rose and the Angie Rose Musik team made a week long trip to Puerto Rico early this December with 1,000 solar lights and 20 solar cookers.
In addition, we are also raising funds to contract local barbers to initiate our BUZZITFORWARD - DO BETTER PROJECT, designed to help our youth LOOK BETTER, FEEL BETTER, and in-turn, DO BETTER.
The purpose is to encourage kids in our communities to do better or continue doing better by awarding them with complimentary haircuts and mentoring services (any haircut or hairstyle of their choosing) throughout the school year.
The service of the haircut helps our kids Look Better and Feel Better while our mentors provide one-on-one bonding, words of encouragement, and the follow-up needed to help them Do Better.
Local schools and youth organizations in our communities can sign up to participate in the BUZZ BOXX Mobile route where we will visit their location periodically to administer the Do Better Project curriculum.
In an effort to help improve and build local businesses we aim to hire stylists from barbershops and beauty shops within the communities we serve. Each stylist undergoes a background check and receives at least 10 hours of mentorship training provided before meeting with the children, as well as ongoing training throughout the year.
Students’ progress (and our success) is monitored through surveys and reports from the kids and the participating youth organizations and schools.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS We are currently working to raise $60,000 to purchase and fabricate a Buzz Boxx Mobile that will allow us to serve our communities more efficiently. This will help us reach more children as we are able to add to and expand community routes. We ask that donors and or sponsors contribute what they can and encourage others to help make this program a success. The Buzz Boxx Mobile will park and provide weekly grooming and mentoring services to youth of the local community providing up 960 grooming and mentoring sessions per year. Buzz Boxx Mobile will operate for 48 weeks servicing community youth at a rate of 20 plus youth per week.
Teaming up with local barbers and barbershops, together with the support of local sponsors, gives us the potential to service over 600 kids per month and over 7,200 kids of multiple communities per year.