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.
Project Esperanza - www.projectesperanzameanshope.org - delivers essential life services and support to children and young adults who live in the streets and poor communities of the northern Dominican Republic, with sister support operations in Blacksburgh, Virginia, U.S. They have Non-Government Organization status and are registered as a 501 c3 within the U.S., with a truly grassroots business model that’s built upon volunteers and in-country leadership who ensure every cent donated goes directly to programs and support. The organization began as a student-motivated effort at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) and continues - day by day, month-to-month, year-by-year - providing education, life skills and basic cottage-industry vocational training to poor Haitians and Dominicans (mostly children but up through teens) living in and around the city of Puerto Plata. PE epitomizes what supporters led by the heart as well as by the brain wish to encounter: a mission-driven, real, caring and 100% honestly-run and nonprofit making a difference each and every day of neighbors in need. I’m proud to the first to provide a review ... hope more will follow ... and invite you to check out their official site (or my, not-so-official site supporting PE -- where you can learn more about how I came to know PE - @ www.teamhandtohand.org).