Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children

by Baptist's Mission Abba's House of the Dominican Republic
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children
Educate and Nourish 100 Dominican Children

The children are continuing to enjoy spending time at their school. This month, many educational items were purchased and delivered to the school to include children's books, scissors, glue, crayons, and toys such as balls, jump ropes, and gloves. Math and science tools were also purchased and delivered. We are now serving 125 children from 76 families in the very poorest region of the Dominican Republic: Cienfuegos. Our children are learning personal hygiene, reading, writing, and mathematics. This week, they worked to make jewelry: bracelets, necklaces, and rings with pony beads. The children help to keep the school clean by sweeping and mopping the floors.

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We continue to purchase items as needed for the Center. In September, we received one $1000 donation, which went toward erecting lighting around the external perimeter of the center as a security measure. Smaller gifts received when toward food purchases for feeding our children. We continue to add to our educational program. The field coordinator will be visiting the Center in December, 2021. She will bring several teaching items including children's books, musical instruments, math manipulatives, science center items, playground equipment, expo markers, crayons, construction paper, scissors, small games, a microscope, an interactive calendar, bulletin board decor, and more and will present a pedagogical conference in science and mathematics for the tutors at the Center and area teachers.

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Older children undergoing testing
Older children undergoing testing

Children at Abba's House Children's Center are continuing to make use of the items purchased for their school during the GlobalGiving iniative. Each day, the older students spend one hour in the new library reading or watching educational videos; all books, television, tables, and chairs were purchased via GlobalGiving funds. 

At this time, the Center is testing the oldest students for their progress across several academic areas to include mathematics, natural sciences, language, writing, and social responsibilities. To do this most effectively, students are seated in their new desks provided by donors via GlobalGiving. Our students at the Center are served until age 16, when they are tested for progress and then participate in a graduation ceremony.

The cost of food has skyrocketed in the Dominican Republic, like it has in many other places across the world, but here in Cienfuegos, it has meant that many do not receive meals for several days of the month. To counteract this food shortage, the Center  purchases and delivers extra food boxes for those families whose children attend the Center and who are in greatest need.

For the first time ever in Cienfuegos, the Center has an area on the second floor where all villagers (whether associated with the Center or not) can seek health/medical treatment with no cost. In addition, individual donors are currently funding medicines for villagers until the state can begin to provide free medications to all via the Center.

The Center continues to help families of their children with housing improvements. One recet family, consisting of a mother and her two children, lost their rented home and were homeless. The Center intervened, found them another home, and paid their rent for an entire year. Most recently, one of our families received a new concrete floor to replace their dirt floor,

Family Receiving Receipt: Home Rent Free for Year
Family Receiving Receipt: Home Rent Free for Year
Food Box
Food Box
Food Box Ready for Delivery
Food Box Ready for Delivery
Children Reading in the Library
Children Reading in the Library
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New desks loaded for transport to the Center.
New desks loaded for transport to the Center.

Dear donors:

Thank you for radically changing the landscape at Abba’s House Children’s Center (AHCC) in the Dominican Republic with your donations. We were able to create a learning environment in AHCC that has never existed before. The children watched in wonder as their Center evolved and became a school. And when the desks arrived, the children could not contain their excitement! For the first time, the children at AHCC had access to books…over 1000 books where previously, not one book could be found, and had real school desks instead of small plastic chairs.  Each day, the children receive one hour of reading time in their library and for those who cannot read yet, curricular materials for teaching reading are now utilized by the AHCC tutors to help move the non-reading children toward literacy. Can you see the pride in the children’s faces? YOU did this!

Thank you,

Jose Rodriguez, Director

Sandy Watson, Field Coordinator

AHCC Children and Tutors

More desks!
More desks!
Books!
Books!
New library!
New library!
AHCC children sitting in their desks.
AHCC children sitting in their desks.
School is in session!
School is in session!
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Baptist's Mission Abba's House of the Dominican Republic

Location: Cien Fuegos, Santiago - Dominican Republic
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Project Leader:
Sandy Watson
Cienfuegos, Santiago Dominican Republic
$7,660 raised of $38,000 goal
 
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