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Learning Journey: ACUTAS
For the last Learning Journey of 2022 and in the month we commemorate philanthropy, Filantropía Puerto Rico and its membership visited the Asociación de Comunidades Unidas Tomando Acción Solidaria (ACUTAS) in Toa Baja. This organization is dedicated to providing its four communities (Villa Calma I, Villa Calma II, Ingenio and Villa del Sol) with tools to create a self-sustainable and self-sufficient system both personally and collectively. One of FiPR’s main priorities is to continue to bring philanthropic organizations into the ground and hear first-hand communities’ needs and realities.
Waldemiro, Milly, Migdalia and Carmen, all community leaders of the communities that have helped ACUTAS become what it is today, welcomed us early in the morning, eager to provide a tour of their facilities. The tour started in their Community Library, a resource recognized by the Department of Education as an official municipal library. In it, kids from the four communities receive workshops and classes, with access to computers and internet connection. Throughout the walk, members of Fundación Intellectus, Fundación Ángel Ramos, Fundación Segarra Boerman, Fundación Puertorriqueña para las Humanidades and Filantropía Puerto Rico were able to explore how ACUTAS takes action with an emphasis on the most vulnerable within the groups they serve
Before concluding, we were all asked what we took away from the experience of this visit. The whole member network agreed that ACUTAS was a great community model that had achieved a lot in a very small period of time. Also, they all appreciated the opportunity of receiving this tour, acknowledging once again the importance of learning and seeing first hand the amazing work being done by these communities.
For FiPR, these journeys are the heart of the work that philanthropy does every day. It’s the space where we support capacity building and learn about new ways and perspectives so future “funder – grantee” relationships can be more effective and efficient. We are happy to say that all of this year’s Learning Journeys were a complete success, and we look forward to continuing them in 2023!