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At the recent USFW Spring Conference in Wilmington, on Saturday April 14, Libbie Curry announced the kickoff of a year-long fundraising effort by Wilmington Friends Yearly Meeting to help Puerto Padre Friends rebuild Wilmington School.
In 1906, Friends from Wilmington Yearly Meeting built a school and meetinghouse in Puerto Padre, Cuba. The Friends school was named (and remains named) "Wilmington School." The Cuban government recently returned the property to Puerto Padre Friends, but in need of many repairs.
Watch the WYM website and Facebook page for continued updates.
Puerto Padre is located on the east coast of the island of Cuba.
Below is a 2013 letter from from Cuba Yearly Meeting:
Dear Friends of Wilmington Yearly Meeting.
Receive our greetings and love in Jesus Christ. We are sending this letter from the Section of the Americas FWCC Annual Meeting. Many brothers and sisters share our joy because we have recovered the buildings/ruins of the former Quaker School, “Colegio Wilmington” in Puerto Padre, Cuba. We trust that God will help us in the reconstruction with the contribution of many Friends. Here, with the theme “Let the Living Waters flow”, we are rejoicing with the love of Friends from many countries and Yearly Meetings.
In Love and Peace,
Kenya Casanova Sales, Ramon Gonzalez Longoria Escalona and Yanet Velazquez Hernandez, Recording Clerk, Assistant Clerk and treasurer of Cuba Yearly Meeting
Below: Iglesia de los AMIGOS cuaqueros (Quaker Friends Church); the Wilmington School building is located on the other side of this building.