ARECMA, INC SOLAR LIGHT PROJECT
Who they are:
La Asociación Recreativa y Educativa Comunal del Barrio Mariana de Humacao, Inc. (ARECMA)(The Recreational and Educational Community Association of Barrio Mariana de Humacao, Inc.) is a non-profit community-based organization registered under the laws of Puerto Rico since 1982. Its mission is to work and ensure the welfare and integral development of the neighborhood and its people. through the organization and active participation of its residents.
ARECMA aspires to be an entity that integrates and mobilizes residents and other collaborators in the efforts to have a community that develops to the maximum its human and socio-cultural potential; conserving and protecting a healthy and sustainable environment; that promotes the social integration, the sense of belonging and of own identity; that assumes as values community participation, cooperativism, solidarity, aesthetics and diversity. Self-management and individual and collective social responsibility are valued pillars on which the community we want is built and we will leave others as an inheritance.
Among its objectives are the planning and development of facilities, projects and activities that respond to the interests, needs and situations of the community in the educational, recreational, cultural areas, improvement of basic services and healthy social coexistence.
Among the most significant projects, activities and achievements achieved by ARECMA for the benefit of the entire community, we can mention:
1. Initiate and achieve signage of all neighborhood roads along Highway 909 and other sectors with the participation of residents in determining the names of each sector.
2. To assume the leadership and perform the rehabilitation work of the old Juan De Dios López elementary school and request the Department of Education to allocate resources for its reopening as the first intermediate school in the Mariana neighborhood.
3. Achieve that the Barrio Mariana was the first neighborhood of Humacao to receive the garbage collection service by the municipal government.
4. Achieve the school transportation service for Mariana students who study at the Andrés Soto de Jagüeyes school.
5. Achieve the installation of the telephone service and improvements to the potable water service in the upper parts of the neighborhood.
6. The acquisition of 11 acres of land where a community project is developed. It has the basic structure of water, electricity, road, gate and parking. There, sanitary services, access ramps for the disabled, sidewalks, stairs, retaining walls, service area, offices and meeting room have been built.
7. The celebration of twenty-seven Panamerican Festivals, as a cultural event that transcends the neighborhood and is recognized throughout the country and outside of Puerto Rico. The production of a book of Recipes of Pana contributes to the best use and enjoyment of corduroy. As part of this three editions of the Marathon of the Pana were organized.
8. Summer camps for children and youth since 1983.
9. Offering pastry courses, cooking, Christmas arrangements for the home, music workshops, computer repair, modeling, computer programs.
10. He has carried out health clinics, sports tournaments, educational talks, family days, outdoor concerts, clean-up campaigns and the Journey for a happy community denouncing and guiding the problem of the use and transfer of illicit drugs in the community.
11. The promotion of the celebration of our cultural values with the Community Festival of Kings, Day of the Candlemas, traditional children's games, shooting and domino tournaments; tributes to graduates, mothers and fathers, and others
12. During the past seven years the Mariana Celebrate Christmas activity has been organized by integrating the participation of music ministries of various Christian churches in a Christmas concert open to the whole community.
13. He has contributed to the development of community leaders and reaffirms that the most valuable resource of the community is his people. The Communal University project was aimed at training leaders. As well as the strategic planning workshops and other workshops offered.
14. He presented and was approved by the municipal legislature of Humacao, his project so that the Nana a la Niña Mariana, composed by the singer from Humaca, Mario Enrique Velázquez, is today the official anthem of our neighborhood. Mariana is the third neighborhood in Puerto Rico to have its own anthem.
15. Co-sponsoring the fumigation of the entire community against the dengue mosquito on two occasions.
16. Recently held a referendum with the participation of approximately 500 residents to select the flag and shield symbols of the neighborhood. This project was submitted to the municipal legislature for official recognition.
We aspire to be a catalytic agent that integrates and mobilizes residents and collaborators in the efforts to have a community that develops to the maximum its human and socio-cultural potential; preserving and protecting a healthy and sustainable environment that promotes social integration, a sense of belonging and self-identity, community participation, cooperativism, solidarity, aesthetics and diversity. Self-management and individual and collective social responsibility are valued pillars on which the community we want is built and we will leave others as an inheritance.
How we are supporting them:
Partnering with Abi worked with ARECMA, Inc to host a skill share in January of 2019. Additionally they received a Mini-Grant Award from PWA to help provide 15 solar lights on their property. The lights are to illuminate the two main locations of ARECMA with solar energy for the night. This project will support the creation of educational and community activities, events and other activities during the night hours. The lights will also provide security to the space. With access to more lights, that are sustainable and affordable, ARECMA will be able to expand their services to the people of Mariana, during the night hours. This project will serve a population of 3,200 in Mariana in Puerto Rico.