With the aim to keep you updated on our progress, hereby we inform to you that our foundation still is involved in the diligence process.
Specifically we are engaged in the following:
• We still are waiting for the City Hall approval of the design and budget of the school
• We still are waiting for the land use permission from the aforementioned institution.
The delay in the beginning of the construction is due to the state bureaucracy, meanwhile we are taking advantage of this time-out to review and update the budget of the project.
In the upcoming months, we plan to keep you updated! If you have any comments or questions please do not hesitate to contact to us and we will try to answer as best we can.
Thank you very much again for your generosity
Dec 4, 2012
By Margarita Pilier - Project Coordinator
We would like to start our report by expressing our sincere gratitude again, to our generous donors. Your donation is already benefiting 390 students, 11 teachers and more than 100 young adults in need, through the improvement of the educational quality and infrastructure of the Ann & Ted Kheel Polytechnic School in Veron community.
This and all the reports to follow will update you periodically on our progress and your donation money at work here in the Dominican Republic.
We are in the developing stages of our project, specifically we are engaged in the following:
We have purchased 20 desktop computers for the Ann & Ted Kheel, which were gladly received by the principal Father Jose E. Toro, the students and teachers.
We renewed the infrastructure of the computer lab, it includes the indoor painting, the new furniture and the improvement of the windows, please see attached pictures.
The architects have made the design of the expansion of the outdoor cafeteria and new storage-unit building. Please see attached design.
Seeking an expert consultant in education issues who fulfill our requirements, to improve the skills and knowledge of our teachers.
Evaluating together with our staff the best training proposal to improve the teaching and learning of English language.
In the upcoming months, we plan to keep updated. If you have any comments, advice or questions please do not hesitate to contact to us and we will try to answer them as best we can.
Since the last report in August, 2012, the last hawk that occasionally returned to the hack site to feed has since become completely independent. Volunteer Carlos Cruz left in the beginning of September and in his absence interested local volunteers assumed responsibility for tracking the hawks as they disperse throughout the Punta Cana area and establish their home ranges. On November 15th, Chris Clark, a new volunteer with the Peregrine Fund arrived to assume full time responsibilities for observing the hawks and distributing the recently created educational brochures mentioned in the last report. Chris will be staying at the Puntacana Ecological Foundation until mid-January, when other members of the Peregrine Fund arrive to begin the 2013 reintroduction program.
On August 28th one of the hawks, AW was injured near one of the neighboring tourism developments, located south of Puntacana Resort & Club. Although the veterinarian was unable to determine exactly what injured the hawk the wound appeared to be the result of a small rock which struck the bird just under its right wing. This injury highlights the need for conservation programs to incorporate extensive and long term educational components as part of their goals. The silver lining of this story is that representatives from the adjacent resort recognized the bird and contacted the Ecological Foundation immediately. Carlos Cruz retrieved AW and took it to a local veterinarian, who was able to treat the wound and monitor the hawk’s progress as it healed. In less than two weeks AW made a full recovery and is once again completely independent. After this incident, the Ecological Foundation helped organize educational talks for supervisors and managers of the various departments that may come in contact with these birds including the engineering departments, grounds keepers, maintenance, etc. This talk was well received and regular educational initiatives continue throughout the area.
As the 2013 high tourist season approaches we have made efforts to further publicize this initiative as a unique bird watching opportunity. By marketing the opportunity to see the Ridgeway’s Hawk to interested tourists we will simultaneously raise awareness about the plight of this critically endangered species and thus incentivize its conservation. Visitors to the Ecological Foundation can speak with the staff and volunteers working on this project and potentially accompany them while they track the hawks. Recently, two visiting members of the Montana Audubon Society were able to join our volunteer to track the hawks. Finally, from December 21st – January 4th, tourists and interested persons will once again have the opportunity to take a bird watching tour and potentially see the Hawk with Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology professor Dr. Andre Dhondt as he makes his annual winter visit to Punta Cana.
Audubon Society Visitors
Educational talk to gardeners & maintenance worker