Project Esperanza

Project Esperanza is a non-profit organization that began as and remains a Virginia Tech student organization. Project Esperanza serves to connect the Blacksburg, Virginia community and the Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic community through service. Our programs are designed to work toward breaking the cycle of poverty present among the lower social classes in these two communities, as well toward breaking the cycle of apathy present among the upper classes.

Project Esperanza
1291 Valley Mill Rd.
Winchester, VA 22602
United States
(809) 361-8193
http://www.esperanzameanshope.org

Director

Caitlin McHale

Management Team

Garry Jacques, Fernise Monpremiere, Willy Previl, Alicia Harman, Emilie Richardson, Wanbert Elie-Tireus, Judith Cadet, Augustine Sonel, Francois Oreste

Board of Directors

Alison A Smith, Joseph Wilder, Alexis W Carpenter, Joe Hunnings, Caitlin A McHale, Larissa Mihalisko, Michele J Deramo, Stacy Boyer, Kay Hunnings, Garry Jacques, Fernise Monpremiere, Willy Previl, Alicia Harman, Emilie Richardson, Wanbert Elie-Tireus, Judith Cadet, Augustine Sonel, Francois Oreste

Project Leaders

Caitlin McHale
Edna May Hermosillo

Mission

Project Esperanza is a non-profit organization that began as and remains a Virginia Tech student organization. Project Esperanza serves to connect the Blacksburg, Virginia community and the Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic community through service. Our programs are designed to work toward breaking the cycle of poverty present among the lower social classes in these two communities, as well toward breaking the cycle of apathy present among the upper classes.

Programs

We began our work with a street census, collecting information on the hundreds of Haitian immigrant boys who walk the streets shining shoes, selling sweets, and street vending of other sorts. This led us to create a day program for these boys which turned into a residential program. It includes schooling, housing, meals, recreation through a soccer team and other things, and some vocational training. Some boys have not been a part of the residential program but received parts of the services. The majority of the boys we collected information on during the census lived in a ghetto community called Padre Granero. We soon met a pastor and a teacher in that area who had started a school. They had just started the school to serve the Haitian immigrant children who, for varying reasons, were not in school. We took responsibility over this school, paying teachers, rent, buying materials, uniforms for students, etc. We soon took over responsibility of another similar school in a nearby rural "batey" area called Munoz. We call these schools grassroots schools. Then in 2011 we began a fair trade art shop where we sell items made by community members, and an English immersion camp and scholarship program, called Change My Stars. We have been solicited dozens of other schools hoping to gain funding. We have begun providing limited funding for one in Kampala, Uganda called the Christian Upliftment School, and another in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, called the Maranatha School.

Statistics on Project Esperanza

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2009: $26,300
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $70,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $100,000
  • Other funding sources: Other funding sources include individual donors and monthly sponsors, volunteer led fundraisers of various sorts, and merchandise sales. We have not yet received funding from grants.
  • Religious Affiliation: non-denominational Christian

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