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.
Dec 21, 2010

Slow Progress..But Progress

community chicken coup
community chicken coup

There has been some progression with the Saman Internet Center since the last update, but not much. There has been some plumbing work done as well as a toilet installed in the apartment upstairs. I think this is okay because meanwhile the community development organization that is meant to manage this internet center is developing in the area of human resources and their ability to manage such a responsibility so perhaps things are occurring as they should. An intern that recently left the country stayed in the community center in this community of Saman for three months and did a wonderful job! Coming from a developed country, the United States, and being used to a different way of life as well as possessing necessary resources, this man set a great example for community members and gave support to Peralta, the founder and leader of the community organization. The College of Dartmouth is perhaps coming during their spring break in March and will hopefully be able to help in finishing the internet center, since they are the ones that constructed the building last year, which is still unfinished. It is always good to complete a work begun. This country has unfinished buildings all over the place because people start a project and are unable to finish or leave it for a time when they can finish. I am sure that this building will not be just another unfinished building but will be completed and used for what it was originally intended. Your support in this is highly appreciated. Thank you.


Dec 19, 2010

Big Potential but Need of Collaboration

We have not been able to return to Port-au-Prince since April. We have, however, been able to receive insight to the situation from our director of medical efforts who has passed through a few times since then and led medical efforts in a camp and an orphanage there.  We still believe that the plan outlined in previous updates of creating a sustainable kitchen as well as successfully organizing the camp and building a palm leaf shelter to serve each group of 25 shelters is a completely practical plan that will engage many people on the ground, provide work in areas that they are skilled in, and will be highly acceptable and understandable to those in need, putting them in the position of power to work toward pulling themselves out of this situation. We would absolutely love to execute this plan but we have faced danger in the past. We are sure that with the collaboration of others, this can be successfully executed. We are unsure, however, if we will be able to act without collaboration. I regret to report that we don't have any photos yet, but we do now have a camera, thankfully, and the possibility of a trip to Port-au-Prince within the upcoming months. Thank you for your support.  


Sep 13, 2010

Little by Little

There has not been much development with the Saman Internet Center over the past few months and it is mainly due to lack of funds. We just received the funds that were donated through GlobalGiving this past week. Peralta, the man in charge of the project, would rather wait until funds accumulate as well to take care of several needs rather than use the funds at first. However, he has used funds to take care of a few things. Electricity has been installed in the apartment above the internet center and a toilet has been installed as well. The apartment is almost ready to be rented, which will generate more funds which can go toward the needs of the internet center. However, accumulating funds this way will be slow and hard to actually accumulate. Therefore, this project still depends on donors.


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