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Causes: Education, Educational Services, International, International Migration & Refugee Issues, Residential Care & Adult Day 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.

Target demographics: Haitian immigrant youth and adults in the Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700

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.

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amy_310

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went there for their summer camp teaching English emergence. It was such a good learning experience for me as well as them I will try to get down there again. Loved the group and the kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing Organizacion! Really special community! Very motivated and eager to learn! Project Esperanza is doing something incredible for an extremely vulnerable population! They have a lot of merit for that!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Caitlin and Project Esperanza for many years now. Her dedication to the project is immeasurable and the difference she makes on the children and community is obvious. If you are considering donating or helping this cause in any way you can be guaranteed that your dollar will go as far as possible and that you've put your trust in the right place.

Ann_146

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Esperanza had bever wavered from their mission. Caitlin and her team serve the Haitian children with humility and love. It is an honor to be associated with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Project Esperanza was an unforgettable experience. Everyone involved made me feel safe and welcomed into the community. I felt like I was working with the locals, not for the locals. It was an amazing feeling getting to see the direct effect my efforts had on the project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here last Spring Break and had such a great experience. The people were all so amazing and the leaders of Project Esperanza really go out into the community to see what people need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Project Esperanza and college students in spring 2016. Project Esperanza is doing amazing work with local immigrant groups. They are very caring and professional. They arranged everything for our group and everyone had a wonderful experience. I look forward to working with Project Esperanza in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved serving with Project Esperanza last March and am hoping to go back soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on a trip to help small businesses involved with Project Esperanza last Spring, and I had one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. The local people know those involved with Project Esperanza by name it is so personal and changing. I have kept in contact with people I met during my trip!

reedkennedy2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I took 19 students from Virginia Tech to Puerto Plata over spring break 2016 for 9 days. Project Esperanza set up our lodging and meals and 4 project for my students to work on. As a business professor, my 4 student teams each had a local Haitian entrepreneur "client" to help with a business plan to get their business started.

My students had a tremendous experience. They got to know a number of Haitians and Dominicans, and learned first hand about severe poverty. They felt they had significant impact and had a lot of fun at the same time.

Caitlin is a saint, the " Mother Teresa" of Puerto Plata!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caitlin is the Mother Teresa of Puerto Plata!! It is amazing what this small organization has done in a few years, while giving volunteers and college students a remarkable opportunity to serve and grow. We took 19 university students there over spring break 2016 and they had an extremely meaningful time, with many wanting to return.