Visited Batey Libertad and witnessed students engaged in language arts, music and art lessons. This organization is providing a much needed service and giving hope to the children.
Review from Guidestar
Yspaniola provides scholarships to Dominican and Dominican of Haitian descent students in the DR to attend university. They also have a very successful summer camp and learning center for children in Batey Libertad that provides them with educational opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. I worked with them as an intern for 6 months and the experience changed my perspective on development and education. Their board members and directors are extremely committed individuals with lots of experience and passion. Development in Batey Libertad through Yspaniola is a participatory process with community leaders, which you don't usually see with NGOs here. They are very invested in the future of the community and train many local youth to serve as teachers in their center. Overall, I'm very happy with their work and recommend this organization to everyone.
For years, Haitian workers haved been toiling on Dominican Republic sugar plantations, called Bateys, without basic workers' rights allowed to native Dominicans. Generations of Haitians have been born on the bateys, but no one has been allowed to register as a Dominican national. Hence these workers and their families have no rights and are kept on these bateys, forced to pay some of their wages back as room and board . This organization is attempting to provide batey families with some sort of future, even as the Domincan government ignores its own constitution and UN findings that anyone born in the DR must be recognized as a citizens and afforder all rights thereof.