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Phone: 809-261-5537
1291 Valley Mill Rd.
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.

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.
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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I became aware of Project Esperanza when I consulted with Caitlin in regards to another organization. Her dedication to the success of this project is immeasurable. As a member of the community she works in, she is able to assess the groups basic needs and knows how to address them. I would ... more »
I officially met Caitlin of Project Esperanza in January 2014. I had been following her progress and general school happenings for well over a year before meeting.... knowing many of her students from the streets of Puerto Plata for many years now. I felt Caitlin's passion immediately upon meeting ... more »
Dear Board, I had the pleasure of visiting Project Esperanza lately for 8 days, and just arrived back less than a week ago. Caitlin and my daughter started PE back in about 2005, and I visited it then when they were just beginning. My daughter has gradually become more involved here ... more »
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