Melissa Aybar via Crowdrise
October 23, 2012
BENEFITING: READER TO READER INC
EVENT DATE: May 31, 2013
My aunt is a teacher in the Dominican Republic who over the years was given more and more students with learning disabilities because her school felt she would be the best person there to help them. These students were put in classrooms with other students who did not face their same issues, and therefore felt like their needs were being ignored -- which they were. My aunt made the decision to help these students after school and for over a decade she has been helping these students out of her home because she knows they need it.
I was inspired and I wanted to help them in a more concrete, substantial manner. This project aims to help students that have been dealt an unlucky card in life: a learning disability. Esperanza is a project that will provide students in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by providing them with a previously non-existant special education program.
These students need SO much:
- notebooks and pencils
- BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! and more books
AND SO MUCH MORE!
I need your help in order to make this happen (and we WILL make this happen.)
I will be working with Reader to Reader. Reader to Reader is based on the campus of Amherst College. It is a public charity that dedicates itself to bringing books that are free of charge to under-resourced schools and libraries across the United States, and now the world. Reader to Reader serves the nation’s poorest communities, including inner city schools, and believes that educational facilities that are well-stocked with books is a necessity, not a luxury. This is where donations will go.
I named my project Esperanza because it means hope. I have hope that this project will succeed and that these students will never lose the Esperanza that they can learn and they can also succeed. That they can believe in the powere of their education as much as I do.
Summer 2012 meant phase 1 of my implementation. Last year we acquired a new space for the students. This summer I brought down over 100 books, painted murals, built bookshelves, got educational games, bought new white boards, reorganized messy classrooms, tutored students, met with teachers and parents, and did a super helpful needs assessment.
Next steps include: putting together a curriculum, fundraising for computers, getting new desks, bringing even MORE books, recruiting more volunteer staff, and involving more of the Amherst College campus!