This year's scholarship recipients & our Director!
School is now officially underway for the children in the Dominican Republic, and as part of our team, we would like to invite you to celebrate that all children in our program are enrolled in school! We had 37 children in need of scholarships, and we are happy to report that we have now received enough to cover all 37 scholarships. YOU played a huge role in making this possible, and on behalf of these children and their families, I want to thank you!
This is now our 4th year of providing scholarships, and in case you haven't already heard about why this is such an important function of the program, I want to take a moment to do so. Ever heard the saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?" Four years ago, it became apparent that if all we did was provide food for a child from ages 2 to 15, although we'd be doing a great service, we wouldn't be doing anything to prepare this child for life. Without being able to read or write, there would be little hope for a different future, and most likely we would end up with the next generation in the same place as their parents. Our goal, however, is to work towards breaking the cycle of poverty. Therefore, we made changes to mandate that all children who are a part of our program be enrolled in school, and we started the scholarship program to aid families who couldn't make this happen without aid. This offers hope for a different future!
Now that schooling is covered for the year, we will now be focusing on raising the needed funds for our feeding program. We are thrilled to share that in less than three months 25% of our current monthly food budget is now coming in through recurring donations made by YOU. We have been wowed by how quickly and generously you have respond to this need! If you are not already part of monthly support team, we'd like to extend an opportunity for you to do so on October 5th. On this day, we will be participating in a Bonus Day through GlobalGiving that will not only match your monthly donation 100% after 3 months, but also helps the project earn additional bonus funds. Joining our monthly support team on this day enables your donation to have an even greater impact, and help us reach our goal of being fully funded.
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