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.
May 12, 2014

Still hopeful

David, at work in the DR
David, at work in the DR

While we have not been able to raise enough money to fully support this school's needs, we were able to send enough funds in February to give all of the teachers and staff a small stipend and a bit of hope and encourage them in their important work.  Recently, another group that works in Puerto Plata, DR contacted us inquiring if they could send school supplies this summer.  This greatly encourages us as before we started sending minimal aid, the school had nobody to help at all and now another group has also seen the need.  The more people who know about the school and who can talk about it, the better.  We are hoping that more funds will come in to Project Esperanza on the June 25th matching day as we are trying to raise money ahead of time in order to send our Director, David, back to oversee and report back regularly with photos during the 2014-2015 school year.  The goal is to raise enough to cover his salary so that he can remain in Haiti, and also support the school's basic needs.  We are planning to visit the school in July to talk more with the teachers and get photos of the students.  We are also thinking about starting a student sponsorship program for the school at the same time.  If anyone wants to donate school supplies, they could be delivered during the July visit.  Contact us at Project Esperanza for more details about how to send items.

Mesi anpil for your support!

Apr 21, 2014

Solar Energy, Passports, & More!

Working on About Me pages
Working on About Me pages

Teachers recently formed a committee among the older students in the school and have been teaching them about taking responsibility over some things in the school and learning to manage things as well. They led them each to make a small contribution of money, with one of them being the treasurer and money handler. They then used this money to purchase jugs of water so that water is always available for drinking in the school. This is an expense that the organization has not covered, but they found it to be a need that the school had. We also have some donated fortified rice and recently purchased a stove, pot, plates, and utensils. We have some oil as well. We mainly lack the ingredients to make a sauce to serve with the rice. We are very impressed that teachers are taking the initiative to teach students about collaborating and taking responsibility over some of the school's needs. This really shows their appreciation!

Last week was Holy Week here and there was no school. It marked the end of the second trimester, so we gave out report cards last Saturday. This trimester was truly a great one! Volunteers led students and teachers in learning about solar energy through constructing their very own shoe box solar ovens and a larger one made out of plywood to serve the entire school. We tried them out by baking cookies and hot dogs. After two hours, the cookies were hot goo, but some of the hot dogs bubbled and cooked! Other activities that took place this tremester include each student filling out an "About Me" page to share with their sponsors, and

Also, in February, a Delta Sigma Theta group from Chicago visited with the desire to learn about the documentation issues facing Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. We invited a representative from the Haitian consulate in Santiago to join them on their visit to answer their questions. They also raised funds to help 4 of our students, 3 parents, and one teacher to get passports! The passports have not yet come in, but they were paid for the day of the visit and should be arriving any day.

The four students who are receiving passports are 4 of our 5 sixth grade students, (the 5th received his passport from his sponsor). All will be traveling to Haiti in late May or early June (the exact date has unfortunately not yet been announced and has been moved up from late June due to the World Cup taking place in late June) to take the national exam. So they are in their final month preparing for that! And then everyone is looking forward to Change My Stars summer English camp!

Thank you for your support!

community bingo
community bingo
shoe box solar oven construction
shoe box solar oven construction
Getting passports
Getting passports
shoe box solar oven testing day
shoe box solar oven testing day

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Apr 21, 2014

Cleats on their Way!

Supesta fan group!
Supesta fan group!

Thanks to KitsforCauses in Great Britain, as well as donors who contributed to the shipping, we have 40 pairs of cleats and shin guards on their way! This will be a great start to the summer program. Since the last report, we have had a few games and practices on Saturdays as well as lots of scrimmaging in the small school yard, but have not had a consistent program. But in the summer, we are preparing to return to 3 days a week, plus games. Players are reminded of this constantly, as they are constantly asking when we will play, and asking to borrow the school's soccer ball. We hope to raise enough funds again this year to be able to bus kids from two locations to the soccer field three days a week, plus game days, and to provide snacks. We should actually provide a half a pound of rice to some kids who work on the streets and can't participate, so that they will be allowed to participate.

All of this comes out to about $850 we will need to raise for the summer. And attached is a picture of our fan group of volunteers at the last game!

Thank you for your support!

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