The children of Rancho Arriba, Dominican Republic have every excuse to not go to school. Every day, they face challenges that the average child does not need to face. A good example is the condition of the roads in this community. Some of the toughest terrains can be found in Rancho Arriba. When it rains, the unpaved, uneven surface roads get so muddy that not even the tough 4x4 trucks can drive through them. Needless to say, it is very difficult to walk on them. Yet, the kids still attend school, some of them even with perfect attendance.
The schools of Rancho Arriba are not equipped with books and most of the students cannot afford to buy them. They don’t have computers, iPads or fancy technology to compliment their learning. Some of these students will be adults before they perform their first Google search, if ever. They do not have knowledge at their fingertips as most people with access to internet do. Still, that does not unmotivate them from being in class Monday through Friday.
Moreover, schools in the Dominican Republic don’t have government-funded meal programs, including those in Rancho Arriba. Some families can only afford to have a glass of hot chocolate (without milk) for breakfast – not very much to feed their brain cells. They do not own a closet-full of clothes. Some of them have to wear the same clothes every day – the same worn, faded and overgrown clothes. Their shoes are also worn, scratched and have soles that have been glued back together multiple times. Nevertheless, they are grateful for what they have and make it to school however they can. They have every excuse to say “No, I’m not going to school”, but they don’t say “No” to an education. For this, they are worthy of admiration.
Our goal at The Mencia Foundation is to help these and many other children in similar situation get an education by providing some of the basic items they need. We provide school supplies, uniforms, shoes and many other things to children in need. By doing this, we hope to alleviate some of their burdens so they can focus more on learning. It is our hope that these children will grow up to be successful individuals. Please help us.
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