managed by D. Matthesius (Communication)
Sun, beach and sea, a fantastic nature, comfortable hotels, smart restaurants and bars, makes Las Terrenas on the Samana peninsula in the Dominican Republic the popular tourist destination. But away from the "bright side of life" the reality looks completely different: according to the latest estimates, approximately 40% of the population live under the poverty border.
The non-profit project "Los Ninos de Leonardo y Meredith" founded in September 2006, offers to 15 children a chance of an education and thus a promising future. The 15 students are divided into 2 groups to ensure that each child receives adequate personal attention, a necessity when so many of the students have learning disabilities and other social and behavioral problems.
With a 6 hours school day, a small building with 2 "classrooms", an office and a kitchen, was rented and renovated in 2006, thanks to generous donations. Two uniforms, backpacks, school supplies and text books are supplied to each student by the organization. To ensure that no child is learning on an empty stomach, the students receive a daily breakfast and a hot lunch cooked on the premises by the schools’ full time chef.
With completion of the 5th grade, the children will continue at a private local sister school to pursue the upper classes and graduation, of course, still supported by the organization „Los Niños de Leonardo y Meredith“. Everything has its price: The expenses are about US$ 36.000 per year.
And there are already plans for the future: the acquisition of a piece of land and the construction of a school building with several classrooms to include grade kindergarten-5. With the hopes of 75 children can having the opportunity to attend school
Donations are always welcome; monetary donations, food and school supplies are most helpful and 100% of every donation is spent to support the costs of the school.
For further information or contacts:: www.schoolforchildrendr.org