I have gone to Project Esperanza in Puerto Plata 7 times, most of the time taking a group of college or high school students. Caitlin and her organization are amazing. Her devotion to the Haitian community in Puerto Plata is admirable. The set up and and organization as a site for mission trips is perfect for providing Americans a truly educational and impactful experience.
I have been to Project Esperanza seven times now. It never fails how impressed I am with their accomplishments, and with the director, Caitlin. This year has been extremely tough operating two schools for Haitian children with the coronavirus pandemic, but PE has done a tremendous job!! They have started a computer lab and the children are learning coding!!! I commend PE for their extraordinary efforts!!
In 2015, my husband and I had the pleasure of learning about Caitlin McHale Floreal and the non-profit, Project Esperanza, through our church in Winchester, Virginia. Caitlin grew up in Winchester and found her passion for helping Haitian children during a mission trip while attending Virginia Tech. We met Caitlin in 2017 when she came to speak at our church. Her love and passion for helping the Haitian population in the Dominican Republic could be felt by all who heard her speak.
Our church began sponsoring children at Project Esperanza in 2015 and continue sponsoring children every year. In 2019, my husband and I took a trip to the DR to meet the children, the teachers and the staff at the two schools in the DR. Caitlin welcomed us into the classrooms so that we could interact with the children and do a small craft project with them. We were very impressed with what Caitlin was able to accomplish with the children with very limited resources as well as teaching them in Spanish, for most this is not their native language. The children were happy to be in school and the teachers were engaged in teaching the students.
Caitlin continues to stay in touch with us and let us know how the schools are doing. She is always seeking to improve the learning resources for the children, as well as helping other schools in the DR and in Haiti. She welcomes volunteers and especially appreciates volunteers in the summer to help with an English camp. I would strongly encourage anyone looking for a non-profit to support to choose Project Esperanza.
We were first made aware of this nonprofit about 7 years ago by Caitlin's father. We continued to learn more about Project Esperanza through our church and through friends of Caitlin. The women's group at our church began supporting them by sponsoring 16 children. They also sent cards and pictures throughout the year to show the children that they were in our prayers.
This past March, 2019, we had the pleasure of visiting Caitlin for 5 days. We stayed at the guest house, which also serves as an outdoor classroom, as well as visiting both of the schools. It was a joy to see firsthand how the children are benefiting from our sponsorship and through the unwavering efforts of Caitlin and her team of volunteers and teachers.
We had the privilege of working with the students and teachers at the school in Puerto Plata by making bracelets with them as well as doing some physical education activities and playing UNO one afternoon for English Club.
We look forward to bringing others from our church so that they may have the opportunity to see the good work that Caitlin is doing in the DR.
Tom and Penny Croll
Caitlin and the other leaders for this organization are doing wonderful things for the DR and Haiti immigrant communities. Investing in our children is investing in our future. God has blessed many through the work of this organization and the investment they're making into children's lives.
Project Esperanza has been my primary benevolent since 2015. Today I'm a donor, but I use yo be a volunteer.
I moved to Peurto Plata briefly in 2015 to volunteer with an honest community driven charity that primarily supports its Hatian communities. Project Esperanza fits that bill & they stood by their faith and devotion to the kids & families in that area. There's no other organization in all of Puerto plata like this one.
Caitlin is like a mother Teresa in the community and I see the love and passion her and her staff has for the kids. This organization is truly a blessing to the community, but as well as TO ME!
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with this non-profit in the Dominican Republic the two summers prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Project Esperanza does an incredible job of impacting the community of Haitians that reside in the area of Puerto Plata. I can’t wait to go back and work with them again!
As a former Board member and current student sponsor (of many!), it's inspiring to see the continued dedication that Project Esperanza exercises in full each and every day -- through its staff, volunteers, supporters, and advocates. PE improves the future of at-risk youths living in and around Puerto Plata, D.R., and now looks to do the same by supporting students who attend school in one of Haiti's most challenged neighborhoods. PE remains true to its Mission and continues to serve others through the gift of faith and a shared sense of compassion, with plenty of ol' fashioned effort and perseverance making positive change happen. Truly a force of good that multiplies itself in many ways. Keep up the great, great work! God bless you all and especially current and future donors!
I have been a long-time supporter of Project Esperanza, served briefly as a member of its Board, and know the organization to be truly dedicated to changing lives living in at-risk conditions for the better, primarily through education but certainly with heaping amounts of love and faith as well.
I have been blessed to be involved as a volunteer with Project Esperanza since 2013.
While working as a medical team in the Dominican Republic my teams were introduced to not 1 but 2 schools run by Caitlyn McHale for the Haitian children in Puerto Plata and Munoz.
We offered free medical drop in for the families at her schools and that has led to providing teaching of first aid, anatomy classes, and continued support of Project Esperanza and the community it influences.
In working with this group of people I and my teams have witnessed total commitment in changing lives through education and opportunities.
Caitlyn and her team of family, teachers and friends provide non profit schooling for an ever expanding group of children. Not only are they taught basic life skills, but also work in French, Spanish, and English languages. Computer skills have been offered which for the older students is a life changing chance to provide for job opportunities and expand futures.
What once was a dream of going to school past primary has become a reality through this non profit endeavors.
I have personally been influenced to give and give and give and be thankful knowing that my efforts are being used to create positive change.
There is an unending list of needs for this population as they are the backbone of Dominican Republic without the support of its population.
Again I am blessed to overflowing with the smiles, laughter, and gratitude I receive with my volunteer time.
As many have shared I have so many stories and not enough time or words to share on the great achievements being done by this organization
Project Esperanza =Project Hope
I am an RN who wished to use her emergency room background to aid others and have sustainability through education. Since 2013 I have gone 1-2 times a year with groups of medical and nonmedical people. We have had 6-30 people and have held medical clinics and done first aid and anatomy teaching which Caitlin and her team sponsored and interpreted for. In all my groups we are in awe of the daily needs of the Haitian population in this Dominican world. We relish in their enthusiasm and talents. Their hugs and smiles sustain our sometimes long dusty days. I have seen Caitlin on a personal level support this Haitian world of children and their families with the utmost positive skills of education, concern for health and welfare, money for transport to jobs, food deliveries, and petitioning others to cover extreme medical needs. She is entrenched daily with these needs and meets them to the best of her and her families abilities. Her and her husband have made Project Esperanza a well known source of true volunteerism and the community benefits with children who are able to obtain education, go into high school and trade schools, have jobs, and beyond that self esteem and appreciation for others. Her energy seems limitless and without her many families would be destitute. I have proudly contributed to needs requested by Project Esperanza monetarily and sponsor 2 children through this nonprofit. Unlike other nonprofits I have trust where my money goes and accountability for its use since 2013. The very interpretation of this nonprofit is HOPE and it is provided non stop with ones money and time
This is a wonderful charity which helps so many children in need. Caitlin works tirelessly to be sure everyone is helped.
I was introduced to Project Esperanza in 2009 and met Caitlin McHale and toured some of the Orgs projects in 2010. Since then I have volunteered with PE in the Dominican Republic, traveled with them to Haiti and regularly collaborate, network, donate and do what I can to help while I am back in Canada.
Project Esperanza has become an integral part of the Haitian community in the Puerto Plata area, providing education, community support and so much more. I can visit anywhere in the greater Puerto Plata area with a Haitian population and mention PE and the founder Caitlin McHale’s name, and you can be sure someone has heard of her and all she has done to help the people.
This org, those whom they help and many of the local workers have truly captured my heart and become like family to me.
I could fill pages upon pages of my experiences with Project Esperanza and will gladly share with anyone who would like more info… However, I suggest you get involved yourself. I’m sure you will see why this project has captured my heart like no other!
I have been volunteering with Project Esperanza since meeting Caitlin McHale, the co-founder and director in 2010. Visiting the North Coast of the DR twice a year, many of the people involved with the organization are like family to me now.
Over the years I’ve helped out with English camp, in the schools, with the boys at the boys home, taken students on field trips to the beach and to a local animal sanctuary, visited with families and much more.
I’ve traveled and volunteered in many countries but my heart always leads me back to Project Esperanza!!
I was lucky enough to be able to work with Project Esperanza my fourth year in college. This organization works so hard to make lives better through educating, volunteering, and advocating for those they work for. I always will donate to them and speak of their mission because I know they’re working for the betterment of peoples lives.
As a university professor, who has worked with multiple NGOs, I can attest to Project Esperanza being a fantastic collaborator! I've facilitated two student trips with the purpose of supporting Project Esperanza's ongoing initiatives. Both groups had wonderful learning experiences because they were able to work on meaningful projects with amazing people. Project Esperanza's efforts are incredibly unique in the Dominican Republic and so important for protecting Haitian immigrants' right to education.
I've collaborated with Project Esperanza since 2016 on three different occasions, and each time has been a wonderful experience. Project Esperanza helped to facilitate the daily logistics for my student groups, which allowed me as one of the faculty leaders to focus on the serving and learning experiences of the group. The organization's administrators, school staff, and the community members are incredible people, who have significant local knowledge to share. I strongly encourage others to support Project Esperanza and its goals because of its grassroots approach and relationship with the local community.
I have been visiting Caitlin and her family for 5 years. Being a part of this organization has taught me so much. The biggest thing that has changed my perspective is how important it is to live for the present more than preparing for the future. Life in the Dominican can change very quickly and being in the present is easier to roll with the changes. This is very important to know in Canada as we live so much in the future and try to control the now.
I am a fairly new christian and love how God is incorporated into the daily talk about how much God is loved and appreciated with what we have now.
The accommodations are very safe and private with easy access to any location you need to go.
Caitlin gave up her comfy life in the United States and is truly making a difference. She knows about the needs because she listens and acts. She is a godly woman and the fruit she bears is so noticeable. Spend some time with her and I am sure you will be changed for the better. See the reactions from the people when they see her and I know you will see the kind of results she can produce. From her family to the people she has encouraged over the years she has been there, she is greatly appreciated.
I first became aware of Project Esperanza when Caitlin was first starting her mission to educate. She had no money but all the will and determination in the world. And faith. I have watched this amaZing work flourish - and am constantly in awe and filled with gratitude for the work they are doing. God bless everyone involved. This is how every non-profit should operate.
Caitlin is an incredibly hard worker who has dedicated her life to the work of this nonprofit. Since I first met her in 2015, the organization has expanded and continued to display innovation in their growth. I highly recommend working with them.
We have been a couple of times now, and have really been impressed with this organization. They really have a heart for these children, and helping them get an education that can provide them with opportunities to get out of living in bates. The children are all so happy and friendly and loving even living in extremely poor surroundings. They have a Hope, and Project Espranza provides that for them.
Caitlin is very responsive to volunteer needs as well. We had a situation, and she adjusted to help us in the best way possible.
I have supported a child's education for 4 years now, and it is very fulfilling. They provide updates on the education the children are receiving and pictures of your child's progress.
Highly recommend them, and will be going back at some point.
Hands Down...Project Esperanza is genuinely an amazing volunteer opportunity that enriches the community it serves. I moved there 5 years ago to volunteer as an English Teacher for their "Change my Stars" program. Today, I continue to donate since I'm so far away.
The kids and students are filled with energy and a willingness TO LEARN every single day. Caitlin's passion for her school and project is heart touching to say the least. I have plans on going back in 2021 to further assist the kids in their learning journey and I look forward to working with Caitlin and the students.
I have been involved in direct donations for over 2 years and have spent time with the local Manager, Caitlin, and some boys she has raised over the years. They qre indeed wonderful professionals that have devoted their lives to this cause and organization. I will always be there to help them in any way I can.
Project Esperanza does incredible work for the children and for the community. Year to year they diligently work to make the community, the country, and the world a better place.
Project Esperanza is an amazing project which is continually striving to help the children and the community in Puerto Plata. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit with Caitlin and some of the children earlier in the year before Coronavirus hit and was shown the phenomenal work that they do. They are a credit to non-profit organisations as even in the hardest times they have found a way to educate and provide lifetime experiences to children and families that otherwise may not have had the chance. Not only that but Caitlin and the project also help others in the community and I have seen the work and effort that has been put in to ensuring another local college stays open. I’ve been able to help to provide educational supplies from a distance and can guarantee that as soon as the travel restrictions are better I’ll be back out in the Dominican Republic (hopefully helping at the English Summer Camp that is provided every year!). If anyone deserves praise for the work that they do it’s definitely Caitlin and the rest of the Project Esperanza team!
I am both a volunteer and a sponsor of Project Esperanza. The dedication they have and the hard work that this organization does is nothing short of exceptional. We spent a month in the DR and volunteered with PE and witnessed first hand the difference they are making in the lives of the children that they serve, their family members and the greater community that they belong to. It has been incredible to watch as they have grown from a tiny school in a rented building to purchasing their own building and growing into what they are today. I am very much looking forward to going back eventually and serving again. It was a life changing experience both for myself, but also for my three children who came with me. Being able to sponsor a child and know that every penny is being put to good use warms my heart.
I first learned of Project Esperanza when I was planning a volunteer vacation to the DR. We were planning on volunteering with another group but learned some not so nice things and someone told us about Caitlin and the work she was doing. From my very first conversation with Caitlin to the updates we have gotten since being home, she has been inspirational. The work that Project Esperanza does with the children (and really adults also) is amazing. We were able to stay in the neighborhood that we were serving in and truly get a small feel for what life is like on a day to day basis. We met, worked with and served. In the week that we served we got to spend time at two different schools doing art projects and making solar ovens. We also helped dig a composting toilet and had a bingo night and a movie night within the community. We were blessed enough to be staying on for a month and Caitlin allowed us to come and work in the schools as much as we wished. We really got to know some of the students and fell in love with many of them. The best part is even now that we are home, we are able to send support and know that Project Esperanza will be using it responsibly to support the boys who live in the home that Caitlin set up. If you want to truly experience life in the batey, and get a real feel for life in a developing country, Project Esperanza is a great place to start.
Although, I know there are very worthy foundations in my own country, USA, he Project Esperanza mission and efforts are clearly helping the children from
Haiti in the DR. Through education and a goal of equitable Access to opportunity their work is evident. With a wholehearted enthusiasm I donate my time, visit and help work with teachers and donate money whenever I can. As a volunteer who has been involved since 2015, I have visibly seen where the donation dollars go and how they change these Childrens’ lives for the better
Project Esperanza lives up to its name every day, offering Hope to Haitian children with very limited opportunities through quality education, language learning, and marketable skills training, aimed at giving them a future career and developing them as a whole child. The leadership works tirelessly to make the impossible possible and change lives one child at a time. Traveling to volunteer there was a life-changing event for my sons and me. I hope to take my daughter. A part of our hearts stays forever in the DR with the people and the mission of Project Esperanza. We are inspired by their indefatigable drive and compassion in practical action. Your support of this non-profit will go far, as Project Esperanza makes a little funding go a long way, and communicates frequently and specifically about how donor funds and sponsorships are put to use. I can't recommend PE highly enough!
I’ve worked with PE on two trips and was hoping to go this past summer as well. I have never seen a group work harder and do more for people. PE is bringing so much hope to so many people and reaching people who would not have other opportunities. It is the most blessed experience I have ever had to work with them.
Spent a lot of time working with Project Esperanza and can without a doubt say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life! Caitlin is amazing and works so hard on the various community projects that PE does around Puerto Plata.
Volunteering with PE allows you to have more than just an experience abroad but also a chance to learn about and become a part of the communities you’re serving. I would highly recommended this to people who want to come with friends, family, school, and even solo!
I spent a lot of time with Caitlin and Project Esperanza and absolutely loved my experience. Caitlin has dedicated her life to helping as many people as she can in these communities and it is clear the huge impact she has made on these children and their families. There are so many different ways to get involved with the organization, with many options for groups, families and individuals to use the skills they have and choose their own projects. Volunteering with Project Esperanza is a life changing experience that I cannot recommend highly enough!
This project was first brought to my attention by my daughter who spent time with Caitlin and saw the tremendous work that was being done. Unfortunately COVID-19 hit and any plans to go to visit were dashed by travel restrictions. Even without the usual volunteers and with limited funds the education of the children has been paramount and Caitlin has found innovative ways to keep the children learning. I was honoured to be able to help in a small way by translating and reformatting some reading books for the children to use at home. The achievements of this project are amazing despite the current hardships and the children and their thirst for learning are a credit to Caitlin who I hope to meet in person when travel is possible again.
I Volunteered with Project Esperanza in the Summer of 2010. It was the most inspiring time of growth and service I have ever had. Caitlin was Super Woman on a daily basis- organizing the chaos in 3 languages with a baby on her hip! To watch her vision grow over the past 9 years has been amazing.
I was there for 5 months and in that time we managed to build a chicken coop, a small plant nursery, and several rain barrels. I also taught English and PE. My personal goal for the trip was to test my optimistic view of the world in a place where I knew it was in short supply. I came away more inspired than ever that staying positive and working to make our situation better each day is not a great goal to strive for; but a necessary survival skill. This lesson has helped me many times since then.
The work that Project Esperanza is doing changes lives in a big way both on the volunteer side and of course in the communities they serve and are an integral part of.
Went a few years ago to volunteer with summer camp. Had alot of fun, the kids are great. I still donate and hope to get back some day.
I was grateful to learn about and visit Project Esperanza with a dear friend and colleague almost 10 years ago. It's the real deal and they continue to create positive change in the lives of everyone they work with.
Ever since 2016 I have brought students and colleagues to help with the Mission of Project Esperanza. I a m proud to be associated with the teachers of Project Esperanza as a support and fellow-educator. I have watched the children grown in confidence and skill in the few years I have been going to Puerto Plata. It is impressive that the foundation manages to put volunteers to work in a variety of meaningful ways. They have not only my support but my admiration and dedication as a volunteer.
I, along with students from my school, have worked with Project esperanza on three different occasions. We have worked both in Padre Granero as well as in Muñoz. The organization is doing great work in getting the local kids ready for school and educating many of them itself. The organization's head, Caitlin is a tireless advocate and force for progress in the area. Most recently we helped to prepare a teaching garden in Muñoz as well as getting a new classroom ready to accept some younger students.
I have travelled to many different countries teaching English and volunteering in an abundance of settings around the globe. Project Esperanza is one of my favourite organizations that I have been privileged to volunteer with. Caitlin, is truly dedicated to see these youths grow in every aspect of life. She strives day in and day out and just being in this environment for two weeks, one can truly see that she puts her mind, body, and soul into the organization. This nonprofit organization in my honest opinion elucidates the attitude in which all nonprofits should bring to the table. That being that all humans have a right to a fair opportunity at life. Caitlin makes sure to implant this in those young minds day in and day out.
For my son’s thirteenth birthday, I wanted to do something special. Instead of simply taking him to a resort, I wanted him to learn to give and see how others live. We found out about the Esperanza Project and I knew it would be perfect. We stayed with the Esperanza House in Munoz for a week to really get the idea and feeing of how the residents there live. To be honest, the cultural difference almost shocked us at first, contrasting from the privileged life we led in America. The poverty we saw there was life-changing. We also went at a time of a lot of controversy, and I’m so glad we didn’t buy into it. There was no sense whatsoever that we were unsafe, and we stayed in one of the most impoverished places in the country. From the moment we got off the plane, we felt welcomed by the Volunteer Coordinator, Cat’s hugs and welcoming words. Before we even saw the children we were going to volunteer with, we had the privilege to meet Caitlin, her family, and Cat. Caitlyn is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. She donates her entire lifestyle to help those in need. She’s spectacular and everyone in the community knows it and admires her. Additionally, one of the teachers in the area who helped out the group, Jerry, helped us so much throughout the process, such as when my son got an infected bee sting and it took us hours to find any help. The whole team really was living the life. Caitlin didn’t help out all the poor children and go back home to her massive mansion or something, she raised multiple children through the harshness of life there. Finally, when we did volunteer with the kids, we saw how poorly kept the school was, and also how much the children valued their education. The school’s conditions were very lackluster, but the children’s experience was still amazing! They appreciated every attempt to reach out, and my son got along perfectly with them. They teased him about being a Gringo and living in America, but in a friendly way. The children were so fun, tough, and easygoing. They grew very close over the time we were in the Dominican Republic, and we all cried when we were leaving. Lastly, the hospitality from the organization was really exceptional. We had a private cook, Rosa who cooked several meals a day of authentic Haitian delicacies just for us, and it was some of the best food we ever had. In general, the Esperanza Project is wonderful and life-changing. I’d recommend to everyone I know, especially families with teenage children. We are obviously going to do it again!
I had such a wonderful, truly rewarding Summer helping at the English Immersion Camp! We sang, we played, we created lots of arty things and most importantly we learned lots of new words! The children were so grateful and eager to learn, they taught me a lot! Hopefully this was not my last time working with the beautiful community Project Esperanza serves! I hope to return some day!
My teenage daughter and I volunteered with Project Esperanza last summer. We had the most amazing experience! The organization is doing amazing work to support the educational, social and emotional needs of Haitian refugee children living in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to the work of founder Caitlin McHale and her wonderful staff, Project Esperanza has been instrumental in providing housing and schools for dozens of children who were previously living and working on the streets around Puerto Plata. This is a very worthy, well run organization doing great things for children and families in need.
Project Esperanza is a top-notch grassroots organization that truly cares about the community it serves. I was lucky enough to spend a week down in the Puerto Plata region in a local, family-run hostel and work with some of the children. Caitlyn was absolutely amazing in her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of the community there.
I journeyed to the Dominican Republic to help Haitian immigrants start their own businesses last summer, and my group and I would've never been given the opportunity to help these people if not for Project Esperanza. They contact and care for the less fortunate within the impoverished country and do everything in their power to give them a better life. I witnessed first hand the difference being made in the children's lives, socially and academically , all thanks to Project Esperanza.
I had an amazing time with Project Esperanza. The people were so comforting, accommodating, and smart. My experience with this group gave me a new founded look on the world and I haven't looked back. Project Esperanza did a great job organizing our service trip, as their top management is very on top of their duties. Overall 10/10 and I would love to go on another trip with this group!
Project Esperenza's commitment to the Haitian people in the Dominican Republic is so genuine and unwavering in their efforts to create sustainable, community based improvement. They deserve all the recognition they can get for their work, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it as a college student volunteer.
A great nonprofit starts with the passion of the people leading it, and Caitlin definitely has a great passion for the work that she does. It's genuinely inspiring and motivating as a volunteer (even a short term volunteer) to see how committed everyone is to serving and loving the people of Puerto Plata. As busy as everyone is, people are putting their best efforts into everything they do and it shows in the kids that come out of their schools and programs. It would be extremely difficult to walk away from Puerto Plata after seeing their work without being changed.
Project Esperanza offered me one of the best experiences i have ever had! I am so grateful for the opportunity they provided for me and other VT students to go learn and experience the dominican and haitian culture. i hope to do work with them again in the future!
Project Esperanza truly provides hope and education to the youth in Puerto Plata. There is definite heart and soul in this organization, and it shines through the people whose lives are positively effected. I bring groups of college-aged students to the Dominican Republic to work with this organization, and they are met with challenges, friendships and growth opportunities. Awesome work providing hope and future for fabulous people.
In July 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to accompany a group of middle school students to volunteer with Project Esperanza. We served at their summer camp, Cambia Mis Estrellas, for one week and worked with children of all ages. We supervised activities including art, music, sport/games, and story time, all the while incorporating English vocabulary. Caitlin is the amazing, dedicated director of the school and summer camp and was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is organized, and along with her staff, provides an excellent support structure for the volunteers. I do not speak Spanish but the Project Esperanza staff was always available if I needed help translating and with their guidance, I felt that I was able to effectively work with the children. Caitlin has worked selflessly for many years to grow the school and to provide a loving, nurturing, and educational haven for the Haitian children. Observing the older students there, it is obvious that her efforts are paying off and that Project Esperanza is definitely making a difference in the lives of all it touches - the children as well as the volunteers!
Esperanza means hope. This truly embodies the experience Project Esperanza gives to all the people they work with. I co-led a group of 16 volunteers and the experience was unforgettable. We got to work at the Muñoz school where we taught lessons to the students. The opportunity was very eye-opening. There is so much that they still need but it is incredible how hard they work to provide the materials and an educational foundation. We also got to work with their local art shop and teach some skills to apply and later sell on the shop. These were some of the best times we had as a group. We were truly able to connect with the community and create that bond that made it hard saying good bye. We could not be more grateful to everyone within this organization and cannot wait to go back!
I have known Project Esperanza for 7 years but have brought Middle School students to volunteer at the Cambia Mis Estrellas (Change My Stars) summer camp for 3 years in a row. We also have been able to partner our students with older students from the camp (or community) to do activities in the afternoon so that the students will have a chance to interact in meaningful ways. Some of my students have returned three times and stay in touch with the students of Project Esperanza during the school year. It has been a marvelous experiment in Global Education, community building, and experiential learning. Project Esperanza has been welcoming and flexible enough for us to build an excellent program for our students and we know that the students of Project Esperanza have enjoyed getting to know American peers. It has also been wonderful to see the improvements over the years that the organization, with the leadership of Caitlin McHale, has made to both the physical infrastructure and the program. Caitlin has a heart of gold.
Project Esperanza is an amazing movement of bringing out full potential in those who are heavy with hopelessness. Caitlin and her team have given their all to provide safety, education, love, and hope to many. My husband and I have supported this movement from its beginning and we are proud to provide the aid we are able to such a wonderful organization.
I helped co-chaperone a group of Middle School students from Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, this past July for a week of working in the Project Esperanza "Cambia Mis Estrellas" summer camp. A dear friend of mine has been actively volunteering and working with Project Esperanza for years, and I was lucky enough to join her as she organized a group of students to work in the summer camp. To say that she has poured her heart and soul into the organization, would be an understatement, and I finally understand why. Along with the founder, Caitlin McHale, these inspiring women have helped turn around a lot of kids' lives. I was very glad to finally meet Caitlin and see firsthand, all the love and hard work that she has put into Project Esperanza. Caitlin has helped turn a sad situation for the kids at Project Esperanza into a story that truly has hope. The kids who come through the school are given a safe, happy and loving place to learn, and Caitlin is indeed changing their stars. Although our time at the camp lasted only a week, I was deeply moved by the kids I met - they all love to learn and love Caitlin and Project Esperanza! I also met other volunteers who have given months of their time to work with the school and the camp, because they believe so strongly in giving these kids a valuable education. I hope to continue my involvement with Project Esperanza by sponsoring a student for the duration of their schooling, by returning to volunteer in the summer and by continuing to help advocate for this charity.
For the past three years Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA has had a successful partnered with Project Esperanza. Our Bonner Scholars Program has their junior students participate in a international service trip with Project Esperanza in Puerto Plate, Dominican Republic. We utilize the service of Peacework, Inc for making the travel, accommodations and service projects appropriate for our group. Approximately 15 African- American males each year completed several service project which include renovations at the school and the group home. We also participated in a cultural exchange program that involved sports activities. This year our students sent backpacks, pens, pencils and other school supplies.
Although our program was only one week each year we have been able to see the impact on the school and the youth at Project Esperanza, but also the impact on our students, since many of them have never been outside of the United States. The program has motivated our student to continue their international service and several student have changes their major and now work in the foreign service office.
We are in the process of planning our fourth year service trip with Project Esperanza for December 2017. Several other Bonner program are also planning their service trips. Working with Project Esperanza and Caitlin has been a wonderful, valuable and rewarding experience for our students. We hope to continue working with Project Esperanza and letting pother program know that if you want a great program to support that is making the difference in the lives of others- this is the program!!
Dr. Wilbur (Monty) Whitney
Director, Bonner Program
Atlanta, GA 30314
I co-lead a group of university students to volunteer and conduct research with Project Esperanza. We were provided great support and wonderful opportunities to serve and learn. Project Esperanza is doing very meaningful work in the community, and I am grateful to have been able to contribute to its mission. I would highly recommend collaborating and working with this organization!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I co-Led a high school group last March and worked with Project Esperanza in three different venues. It was tremendously rewarding to be a very small part of the excellent work that Caitlin and her organization and school are doing. Can't wait to go back!!
We took a school trip to the Dominican Republic to work with Project Esperanza. It was an amazing experience! Caitlin and Katy were great leaders, the kids were wonderfully sweet, and we all learned so much! We are definitely coming back!
A group of college students and I traveled to the Dominican Republic to work with Project Esperanza for our Spring Break and returned to the US changed and inspired. Caitlin and Kati were wonderful hosts as well as the entire town of Muñoz. I would return to Project Esperanza in a heartbeat as the work they are doing is really making a difference in both the volunteers' lives as well as the students and community members' lives. If you have time to take a week (or longer) out of your hectic life to go help an organization, Project Esperanza should be at the top of your list!!!
An amazing organization lead by amazing people. They do great work for the community and are truly invested in helping support the lives of those living in it. Would definitely volunteer for this organization again. Great experience.
A great organization that's incredibly integrated with the community it serves! Caitlin is warm and intelligent, and clearly dedicated to her work.
This is quite an impressive organization. For being small they do great work with very positive outcomes. They now have 2 schools going for Haitian children, and help the adults with micro-businesses to support their families. The director, Caitlin, is extremely talented and devoted.
We took our family to Esperanza for a week. It was life changing. We are a family of 7. Our children are 24, 22, 19, 13, 11. We lived in the house all in one big bedroom, ate at the house, walked around the neighborhood and played soccer with the kids. During the day we worked with the children for half the day and then painted the school the second half of the day. Esperanza was a great host. They were warm, kind, and helped us participate in the community. We all came away changed. Strongly endorse participating with Esperanza.
I recently volunteered with Project Esperanza with 10 other college students and every one of us had a great time serving and getting to know the DR and Hatian community. It was a huge perspective changer for myself and I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world. The staff of Project Esperanza are doing great things over there. I would highly recommend this organization if you want to step out of your comfort zone and experience this great adventure of serving others and volunteering alongside these amazing people!
The experience i had in Project Esperanza will forever stay with me! Meeting the most amazing, charismatic, inspirational people. The way it opened many of my Group's eyes from the University of Central Florida to help our community and to work as a team to achieve a bigger goal. The way we met different individuals and shared their life stories and what had happen to them was very touching! If everyone had a chance to be apart of an organization like this it would change your life perspective completely. It is very clear that Caitlin is very special and she put many stuff asside to help these children and families in Muñoz! Thank you again Caitlin for a unforgettable experience with Project Esperanza 2015.