All smiles here

DR projects - NCC joint venture to help students in the Dominican Republic. (Indoor Yard Sale to help defray travel costs will be held this Saturday see story for details)

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Your donation will help educate and promote community development.

Saturday, January 12, from 9:00 AM -12:00 Noon, there will be an indoor yard sale (You name the price!), at The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College to help defray costs for Upper Valley students who will be traveling on a service work trip to the Dominican Republic in February. 

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Parking is available on-site.

Proceeds from this Yard sale will help defray the costs of Upper Valley students who will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in February

And now the rest of the story:

This is a special story one of hope for all those that will benefit by your donations.

Elementary school in Cotui, Dominican Republic—451 students

School entrance

School opening day (Education is the antidote to violence) 

 ( photo credit belongs to Rita Severinghaus)

Children waiting to Enter the school  ( photo credit belongs to Rita Severinghaus)

Basket ball court  painting project

New Basketball Court at the school

No frowns here, just smiles

Photo credit to Mary Brownlow from last years trip

Suitcases heading for the door (There is excitement in the air)

Suitcases all packed and ready to go (photo from last years trip)

DR Projects has been changing lives in the Dominican Republic through community development for over 20 years. This year, They have the opportunity to affect the future of 300 public school children and their families through a new English language program.

Please see below for detailed information about how your donation would open up educational and social mobility options for disadvantaged students. Please consider a contribution to this effort.

DR Projects-NCC: Cotui, Dominican Republic Partnership

DR Projects-NCC, an initiative which promotes community development efforts in the Dominican Republic (DR), is seeking funding to support implementation of a program that teaches English to primary school children in Centro Educativo La Altagracia in the town of Cotui. This project will be carried out in collaboration with Professor Juan Valdez, an educator in the DR who directs the non-profit, Professional Training Systems (PTS), which addresses social injustice through their program, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Students in public schools in under-resourced communities in the Dominican Republic have no access to high quality English language education. A resulting social gap limits educational mobility and future employability.

In meeting with Prof. Valdez, we have learned about the serious economic and social inequities that exist for students in the Dominican Republic. We have explored the viability of implementing the PTS program in the town of Cotui, DR. We visited schools, met with educational leaders and teachers, and selected an elementary school as partner in this initiative.

The program will reach approximately 300 students in the 3rd-6th grades over the course of the next two years. This new initiative is a long term investment in the future educational opportunities for these students and their families. Prof. Valdez’s non-profit will provide all instructional materials, teacher training and supervision. In the classroom, they will also provide parent training and long-term monitoring.

In February 2019, DR Projects will bring a team of 18 volunteers (9 adults and 9 students) to Cotui. Our upcoming visit represents the 28th community development team trip to the DR over the last 20 years. While there, under the guidance of PTS, the group will work with students in third to sixth grade, facilitating English speaking practice during a week-long language immersion.

DR Projects aims to raise $30,000 to support the PTS program in Cotui. We have successfully raised $7,000 as seed funding towards the first year of instruction, and are looking to complete our commitment for the 2018-19 year by raising an additional $8,000 from two Upper Valley churches. We hope you will join us in funding the second year of instruction for the children of La Altagracia School.

The program cost is $15,000 per year for 300 students.

$100 funds one student for two years.

Would you consider sponsoring one student?

$150 funds one class of 30 students for one month.

Would you consider sponsoring one class?

$375 funds one grade level for one month.

$1,500 funds all students for one month.

Would you consider sponsoring students for one month?

Please consider a tax-deductible gift

Would you consider sponsoring one grade level?

Please make checks payable to DR Projects-NCC, PO Box 236, Norwich, VT 05055. Contact:

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