From the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Dear Waldorf Community Members,
Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for our schools in Puerto Rico and Mexico. As you can imagine, the affected communities are still picking up the pieces, grappling with immediate necessities, and trying to understand the long-term needs of their students, teachers, families, and facilities.
In Puerto Rico, our member school and other initiatives do not yet have electricity or clean water and report damage to schoolyards, but thankfully no injuries, and their facilities are intact. In Mexico, Escuela Waldorf de Cuernavaca is not yet operational as they work through government processes and rebuild classrooms. In both Puerto Rico and Mexico our colleagues are physically exhausted and their communities are fragile.
As you may know, Escuela Micael, our member school, reached out for support in obtaining some very basic supplies like a generator and a water purification system. Washington Waldorf School, on behalf of the Southeast region, led a fundraising campaign last week and met the goal needed to supply the basic needs identified by the school. Thank you, Washington Waldorf School, for organizing this effort!
Many of you have asked how you can continue to help our sister schools as they work to open their doors to the children in their care, and care for the families in their communities. Thus, we wanted to share the following fundraising links with you. We invite you to share them with your communities.
(Scroll down to the donations section for information on where and how to send funds)
Additionally, if your school is interested in temporarily hosting a displaced student by waiving tuition or providing housing for families please communicate with Beverly who will connect you with the school.
We will continue to keep you in the loop and report back on how our schools in Puerto Rico and Mexico are doing and what other needs might exist. In the meantime, please keep our colleagues in your thoughts.
Beverly, Melanie and Stephanie