San Juan, PR – More than 8,000 people will benefit from projects led by the four non-profit organizations that we at Abarca collectively selected as partners of our Better Care Community Program. The innovative initiative supports the efforts of health-related nonprofits that work to improve the quality of life of communities island wide.
After evaluating proposals from 50 applicant organizations, we voted to select Consejo Renal de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Renal Council), Ciencia Puerto Rico (Science Puerto Rico), Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesús de Nazareth (Jesus of Nazareth Shelter and Home for Children) in Mayagüez and Hogar Infantil Jesús Nazareno (Nazarene Jesus Children’s Home) in Isabela, as beneficiaries of the program.
“At Abarca we are continuously challenging ourselves to do things differently and this program is no exception. These four organizations share our commitment to find a better way to deliver healthcare to communities and I believe we will do so together,” said Jason Borschow, President and CEO of Abarca.
We are excited to collaborate with Ciencia PR in their “Seeds of Success” initiative, a program that will give 100 high school girls the opportunity to explore STEM careers along with “Borinqueñas,” women with distinguished careers in science, technology, math and health. Through workshops and a scientific divulgation project they must conduct with a mentor, the girls will explore STEM and health disciplines, practice their leadership skills and help positively impact another 3,000 girls throughout the island.
With Consejo Renal de PR, Abarcans will support the update of an electronic platform that allows clinical laboratories to be interconnected so they can report renal function data obtained from the Glomerular Filtration index, as well as add a function to generate maps with the registered data for the benefit of epidemiology reports.
For Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesús de Nazareth of Mayagüez and Hogar Infantil Jesús Nazareno in Isabela, our BCCP will provide medical equipment for an onsite clinic, as well as allocate pediatrician’s fees to care for participating children, respectively.
Through the BCCP, which was designed and will be managed entirely by all of us at Abarca, the four organizations will receive funding and consistent volunteer support during the next three years. Our choosing of the organizations was based on their potential impact on the community, their alignment with our fundamental values, and the volunteering opportunities presented for Abarcans.
“The Better Care Community Program is a valuable opportunity for our company to place our resources and competencies at the service of projects with the potential to significantly improve the health and quality of life of many people. We are very impressed with these organizations’ commitment to their communities and we look forward to helping them exceed their goals,” Nayda Rivera, Abarcan pharmacist and President of the BCCP Committee.
The depth and breadth of projects, programs, campaigns and initiatives we evaluated was overwhelming and makes us hopeful for the future of healthcare on the island. To know that we will soon be helping even just a few of these organizations take their projects to the next level and directly impact the lives of so many people, is an unexplainable feelings. We are humbled to be a part of an an organization with the passion, vision, and the means to change lives.