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May Updates
New product features, partners and countries!
Executive Summary
  • New Partners: Comunidad Connect, DR Mission Team and Holy Family Cevicos will be licensing Puente's mobile data collection software and leveraging our volunteer network!
  • New Product Features: Mariana Suarez and Andy Walsh have created an interactive map and automated dashboard analytics.
  • Puente in the News: University of California Davis had an amazing write-up on our WASH Director, Tiven Buggy. Check it out below!
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Puente - Collect is Trending!
Left: Map  of Nicaragua | RIght: Highlights locations of new partners in the Dominican Republic
It has been an exciting month for our tech and sales department! We have signed on 3 new partners across Latin America. Our application is now being used by 250+ users, 10+ orgs and operating in 7 different countries.

Comunidad Connect: Over the past 15 years, Comunidad Connect (CC) has made a tremendous impact in Nicaragua and the DR. Focusing on improving general health and well-being, CC has implemented housing, floors, insect repellant paint, clean water projects, and job opportunities for 10,000+ local residents. We will be working with CC to help gather information pre, during and post project implementation to ensure all projects meet their desired outcome. Check out their website to see all their great work and buy some amazing coffee! 

Dominican Republic Mission Team: DR Mission Team (DRMT) has agreed to license Puente - Collect in La Romana. DRMT has been working in La Romana for 31 years, providing residents with housing, clean water solutions, hands-on medical care, new schools, churches and much more! This summer, DRMT will continue their great work and we are thrilled to play a small part! 

Holy Family Cevicos: This past week, Puente signed it's biggest partnership to date with Holy Family Cevicos. Puente will expand programming to Cevicos, where we will train, plan, and execute operations with local health promoters. Puente volunteers in the region will be responsible for pre-identifying communities / patients before medical missions, following-up with patients post missions, identifying general community health needs, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation--they will certainly have their hands full! This is particularly exciting for our WASH Director, Tiven Buggy, as he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the region for 2 years. Cevicos, here we come!
New Product Features
Interactive map created by recent Notre Dame graduate, Mariana Suarez.
As most of you know from our past newsletters, our tech team has been growing rapidly. Our new team members have been hard at work on our newest product--automated analytics and dashboards. 

Mariana Suarez completed an amazing interactive map for our users and partners (pictured above). Users now have the ability to scroll through the map and immediately identify needs and at-risk communities. Mariana also helped tidy up our data collection forms within the application through her data cleaning efforts. 


Andy Walsh is working tirelessly on automated dashboards for administrators. We are focusing on providing partners with analytics to streamline the development process for all stakeholders! 
Puente in the News
Tiven, Shanti and the team working in Constanza via a UC Davis Blum Center grant (2 years ago to date!) Photo taken from https://globalaffairs.ucdavis.edu.
Our very own, Tiven Buggy, was featured in an incredible article written by Global Affairs at the University California - Davis. Read the full article here!

UC Davis has provided Tiven with some amazing experiences, including several grants to the Dominican Republic and other Latin American Countries to focus on WASH initiatives. Tiven embodies what it means to be a global citizen and having him onboard has been a real game-changer for our organization! 
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