Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic

by The Bienvenido Project (FUNFONAVI)
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic
Offer Hope for 300 Youth in the Dominican Republic

The Bienvenido Project Funfonavi and the Glasswing International Foundation delivered 20  water filters to a large number of families in the community of Bienvenido; they were also given a personal hygiene and filter maintenance talk.

In the month of July, we had a lot of rain in the Dominican Republic, due to Tropical Storm Elsa.

Meals served: 3,093, an average of 155 meals per day.

In August, together with Glasswing International, we taught 60 mothers how to make detergents (liquid soap for washing and washing, sanitizing, and softener for clothes).

Each woman received a kit with the products made and raw materials for the production of these products.

Meals served 4,285, an average of 205 per day.

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We wanted to thank the distinguished mothers of the project. Therefore, on Mother's Day, they were summoned, and we gave them a personalized mug from the institution, with their name and the insignia of BRAVE WOMAN.

We had the great opportunity to celebrate World Hygiene Day on May 5th, together with Fundación SANOFI, Enterogermina, and Fundación Glasswing International RD. The children were convened in compliance with the protocol of the Ministry of Public Health.

The children received Personal Hygiene Kits, which contained: Hand Gel, Bath Soap, Books, Watercolors and pencils for coloring, Pencils, Erasers, and Scissors. In the month of May, we served 4,120 meals, with an average of 206 dishes per day. In June, we served 4,065 meals with an average of 206 plates per day. For a total of 8,185 meals served in the months of May-June.

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First, we want to thank all of our supporters who are helping us reach new milestones as an organization. Your love allows us to move forward and face new challenges to support the community in Bienvenido.

We know that parents must support their children's education efforts if we want to see a positive and lasting change.

Do you know why many parents in Bienvenido can't support the educational journey of their child? Some of them have never been to school. They don't know how to read or write.

We wanted to change that.

We saw the need for literacy in the community, and we started to plan a way to create an adult literacy program for Bienvenido. With the support of the Frespon Foundation, our staff was trained to understand the foundation of a successful literacy program.

Today, we can say we have more than 8 adults ready to increase their educational/technical skills and would now be able to support and encourage their children to persevere in their studies.

Do you see how much can be done when different organizations unite on an excellent purpose? Well, the story is not over yet!

For World Hygiene Day, we got the chance to celebrate with Glasswing International RD Foundation. We want our children to know that we can have a better future if we take care of ourselves. After following all health protocols, we called the children from our community to provide them with cleaning and personal hygiene kits. Each kit contained: Shampoo, Mouthwash, Soaps, and Conditioner.

We delivered approximately 200 kits and educated our community about the benefits of practising self-care through hygiene.

We are doing more, and we are doing it better for the sake of the Bienvenido Community. Thank you for joining this mission to save children from poverty.

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The first few months of the new year have been a great challenge for The Bienvenido Project FUNFONAVI, our donors have been generous and our team has done very well.


  • We go to the kid's houses to help them with their homework.
  • Tutors teach children with Tablets to participate in their virtual classes.
  • The feeding program increased from 150 to 180 meals per day, which children take home-cooked.
  • A group of young people brought cakes, candies, and soda to the project's kids.
  • We have 2 new members in our volunteer's team.


Thanks to the GlobalGiving family, The Bienvenido Project FUNFONAVI keeps growing and serving our community... And we are going for more!

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Many of us started this year filled with excitement, looking forward to seeing our dreams fulfilled without having any idea that something so unexpected would change everything, everywhere, and for everyone. For the people in Bienvenido, this was no different. 

As soon as the Dominican government announced schools would need to use an online platform, we were genuinely concerned for the children in Bienvenido. Why? If you have been following our journey you know how important education is in preventing violence, drug use, and sexual abuse. It is also a vital piece in offering hope of a life beyond poverty. Therefore, we could not afford to let the kids in our program miss a year of school.

While an inner-city family might not struggle to have their kids attend online classes, this is not the reality of a child that lives on the outskirts in one of the most impoverished parts of Santo Domingo.  The instability of electricity and lack of internet, and devices to connect to it, are the norm in Bienvenido. Taking action to keep these kids in school was necessary, so we created a plan that would allow them to receive high-quality instruction while following all safety regulations.

First, we made arrangements to allow in-person and online tutoring for our youngest children which participate in the Early Education Program. These children visit our project for class two days a week; one group of six students come on Monday and Wednesday, and another group of six on Tuesday and Thursday. This program is vital because many of the participants have never attended school before. It is our privilege to be part of their journey as first-time students walking towards freedom and self-empowerment through learning.

The second part of our plan allows over 20 elementary students to attend their virtual classes using the internet and new computers and tablets available at The Bienvenido Project. Tutors are also available during this time to help assist any child who needs it.

And finally, children in both the Early Education Program and Elementary School receive breakfast and lunch every day without exception. Having a full stomach makes it so much easier to focus on learning! 

What we've been able to accomplish this year, on such short notice, could not have happened without YOU! We especially want to thank BNP Paribas (and specifically Susie, Berenice, and Patricia) who hosted a virtual fundraiser for our program, and Jodi and Aaron who also spearheaded raising funds for this year's educational programs. Enough funds were raised to provide 61 scholarships (11 more than our goal!), increase our internet speed and stability at the project, AND purchase 20 tablets. Your generosity this year blew us away and allowed us to offer hope to so many children who would otherwise never receive an education. THANK YOU!!!

We've been able to make such big strides in Bienvenido this year, but our work is not done. As children moved from the school building into their homes a new challenge has presented itself. Many parents are unable to read or write leaving them unable to support their children in their studies. So, in January 2021, we will be starting a brand new literacy program for the parents! This initiative will not only aid the children of Bienvenido in their studies, but also open up new opportunities to their parents. December 1st, #GivingTuesday, we'll be sharing more on how to amplify your support of this initiative through an opportunity to earn a portion of $1,000,000. Stay tuned!

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The Bienvenido Project (FUNFONAVI)

Location: Bienvenido - Dominican Republic
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Project Leader:
Laura Collazo
GREENWICH, CT United States
$168,360 raised of $200,000 goal
1,892 donations
$31,640 to go
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