Updates on the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund

Solidarity and trust are the values that donors who contributed to the COVID Relief and Recovery Fund for Family showed us last April. Through this campaign, we raised $28,030.99, to exclusively alleviate the most pressing needs that our participants are experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis.  For most families, their main source of income comes […]

6 ways PV works to implements a trauma-informed care approach

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that has emerged to work with those who have gone through difficult or traumatizing situations. Through this approach, it is important to create an environment focused on an individual’s comfort.  The goal of TIC is for participants to feel safe and secure. Author Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., says […]

Thank You! – 2020 Giving Day Reflections

Since July 2016, Programa Velasco (PV) has celebrated its annual Giving Day. Organized out of our headquarters in El Salvador but held online, Giving Day brings together supporters from various different countries and is our largest annual fundraising event each year.  Through the years we have learned a great deal about how to best facilitate […]

The invisible effects in mental health that will show sooner than later

COVID-19 shook the health and economy of the modern world. Without an end in sight, there is more talk of a “new normal,” than returning to the life we had five months ago. It has become evident that we may have to live with the virus for many more months and, perhaps, even years. Encouragingly […]