Help To Change a Life
Organized by: Debbie McCullar
EVENT DATE Oct 22, 2014
Our mission in the Dominican Republic's North Coast town of Puerto Plata is to assist poverty stricken Dominicans and their children by providing the resources needed to help lift families out of poverty. We believe one of the primary ways to do this is thru financial assistance for private school facilities construction projects including operating expenses to include teachers, school supplies, and food. We also believe in assisting where we can with costs of construction of single family homes and higher education scholarships.
But, when it comes to education, unfortunately, there is a shortage of teachers, facilities and funds. Many poor Dominicans are not trained for different types of work which makes it difficult for them to provide their children with an education that will allow them to compete in the local work market. Those who are educated and receive specific training get the most desirable jobs. Therefore, providing their children with a quality education is one of the most desired goals for parents, but the high costs of education often make this goal impossible.
Meet José Fernandez. He is the director of two elementary schools in Puerto Plata which he built using his own funds. About 290 poor Dominican and Haitian children attend his schools for free and children at both schools receive one small meal each school day. Due to an additional 150 children expected in the new school year, Jose needs to hire additional full-time classroom teachers (including two full-time English teachers), pay for additional school supplies and provide additional food for school meal programs. Jose's schools and the children desperately need help.
Having the opportunity to go to school for free and also to learn a second language, such as English, is one of the surest ways for a child to get ahead. But even so, a child cannot learn when hungry. In order to assist Jose’s two elementary schools, we are currently raising funds to help pay for additional teachers plus school supplies and food needed for the 2014/15 school year. Remarkably, the new teacher salaries are expected to be less than $250 USD each per month.