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Phone: 809-261-5537
1291 Valley Mill Rd.
Winchester
Virginia 22602
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Target demographics: Haitian immigrant youth and adults in the Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: advocate our efforts to free and transform child slaves in the Dominican Republic.

Geographic areas served: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Programs: Home and School for Haitian street kids living and working in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

2 Grassroots Schools which educate Haitian immigrant children who face many difficulties attending school otherwise.

International Volunteer program which leads hundreds of expats to serve in the area and receive great insight into the societal problems and successful solutions.

Small business endeavors that employ locals who were without work otherwise and raise to support our other service programs.

Mission:
The mission of Project Esperanza is to create positive change in the city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and in the New River Valley of Virginia. We do this by uniting the two communities in mutual support while providing innovative educational and social efforts in both. In the Dominican Republic we work with the Haitian refugee population through providing a home for boys and supporting several grassroot schools. In the U.S. we run an after-school program and engage our community in social awareness and involvement.
Results:
Since 2007 we have maintained two grassroots schools as well as a group home and school for kids from the streets. This past year (2012) we have worked hard to improve our international volunteer program and small business endeavors in order to create sustainability for our schools and group home over the long run.

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10/31/13
I've volunteered with Project Esperanza in both July of 2012 and 2013. I was very impressed with the program....I had been to the DR many times but only to the All Inclusive resorts. Having the opportunity to go off resort and to meet the people, talk with them and see how they live was life ... more »
10/31/13
I've volunteered with Project Esperanza before and I thought they've done excellent work so far. Their work in the Dominican is fantastic and though I haven't visited they go through great efforts to ensure that volunteers go and actually help out... more »
10/31/13
I had the privilege of spending a week volunteering with Project Esperanza last March with a group of students from my university. I was impressed by how punctual, approachable and helpful Caitlin was during the planning and organizing of our trip. She was organized, answered all of my questions and... more »
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