Hello friends, supporters, and volunteers!
Thank you for at least opening this link and reading what this fundraiser is all about. You may already know that December 3, 2019 is Giving Tuesday, which is a special day geared toward charity giving. It comes at a great time because here in the Dominican Republic, we are required to pay all employees an extra month at Christmastime! We also are hoping to fundraise to meet some of the other following needs:
- some roof repair work over the office of the school in Muñoz
- contribution toward the construction of a basketball court at the group home (Morehouse College is donating the majority of the funds and providing volunteers for manual labor as well)
- some legal work to protect the title for the school in Padre Granero
- plumbing work needed in both schools
- and much more!
We have more students than ever. This may be due to the fact that schools are still not running in Haiti due to the unstable political situation there. However, we currently have less than half of these students sponsored. You may consider sponsoring a student in the name of a loved one as a Christmas gift. You can find out more here (http://esperanzameanshope.org/student-sponsorship).
Ironically, while our student numbers are higher than previous years, our volunteer groups coming are less. This is likely due to the scare against traveling to the Dominican Republic that took place during the summer, as groups are reporting not being able to recruit enough volunteers to travel here to make the trip. You can see here (http://media.virbcdn.com/files/79/dcb7a4925c1e8f13-Oct2017-Sept2018PEFinancialSummary.pdf) how revenue from volunteer trip fees is our largest source of revenue. Therefore, we need to step it up in other areas this year!
In keeping with tradition, every $10 donated will get your name entered once in our art raffle. First place wins $100 worth of purchases from this online shop (http://esperanzameanshope.storenvy.com/) or this one (http://goodfruitdesigns.com). Second place wins $50, and third place wins $25.
Thank you sincerely for your support! May God bless you and yours.
-The Project Esperanza Team