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Claire’s Donor Letter Summar…
Claire’s Donor Letter Summary-
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Dear Family, Friends, and Crowdrise Community,
First- THANK YOU ALL again for making my summer volunteer journey possible! The summer is drawing to a close and I’ll be leaving Batey Libertad and Yspaniola on August 20th. Wow it’s been an amazing time, I wish I could stay longer! Thanks to your support, I was able to provide valuable research and administrative duties support to Yspaniola full-time staff, including administering literacy tests, labelling and organizing library books, paying the bills, data entry, and serving as sub-director for the summer camp! You all sponsored my room and board, my transportation, and Yspaniola’s two-week summer camp supplies and meals for all the kids (over 100!!!). Any trips, ice cream or other extras that I talk about in the blog I paid for with my own savings ;) Your overwhelming, generous donations went straight to helping Yspaniola and I serve real children and real families. From my experience on the ground, I can say that their lives have been changed for the better and they have a positive view of Americans because of the change they see taking place in their community.
Second- the summer’s not quite over yet- I’m planning on giving teacher trainings and helping with a newly formed girls’ group, plus continuing to work on a Wikipedia page for Batey Libertad, plus more. If you haven’t checked out my blog yet- here it is:
and the password that keeps the blog entries just for you all:
In addition to me working you’ll find descriptions of my daily life, travels, meals, and lots of photos (sorry the camera lens is blurry!) as well as information on the documentation issue going on right now in the DR and how it affects people in Batey Libertad.
Finally- please send me a mailing address so I can send you a handwritten Thank-you note from me, plus a drawing done by one of the students here at Yspaniola’s Learning Center. I went home for 4 days for a McManus family reunion, and you can see in my blog photos that I was already able to hand out student drawings to some of you donors . Along with your mailing address, please feel free to email me with questions or concerns. Thank you, muchas gracias and mèsi anpil!
3 years ago
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Claire Matsunaga
Potomac, MD United States
Stuff About Me:

My name is Claire Matsunaga (nee McManus), and I am currently a graduate student at American University. I am a proud Board Member of AHEAD, Inc., based in Rockville, Maryland. AHEAD stands for Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development, and they have been working in Africa for over three decades to help Africans help themselves. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served as an Education Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and I plan on continuing a career in education and professional international development work. I would like to thank my past donors and Crowdrise for enabling me to spend the summer of 2015 as a volunteer with Yspaniola in Batey Libertad, working with children on literacy and life skills. 



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