Flood Relief in Cabarete

Many people have reached out to ask how they can help DREAM Project provide support to the victims of the floods in abarete, Sosúa, and surrounding areas. After almost 10 days of operating a refuge shelter at the DREAM Center and hosting close to 200 families, we are concentrating our efforts on relaunching educational activities at the school while helping support families who have been affected. On Monday November 21st, the DREAM Project established a temporary logistics center in Cabarete with staff and volunteers assigned to receive, sort, and distribute donations.

Now that the sun is out, we aim to help displaced families return to a certain level of normalcy by giving them the tools necessary to reintegrate in their homes as soon as possible. Due to the floods, many people have lost what little they had, and we would like to help them in this critical time.  
 
We aim to equip the largest number of families possible with a “Relief Kit”  that will include:
 
- Mattresses or mats
- Sheets
- Towels
- Mosquito nets
- Repellents
- Cleaning material (bucket, mop, chlorine, detergent and garbage bags)
- Personal hygiene materials (soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet paper, disinfectant soap)
- 5 liters of water
 
The value of this basket is more than RD $18,000, and we are trying to buy most of it at cost (with a per basket budget of RD $ 9,000). Any items on this list that can be donated will help us lower the average cost of the baskets and thus help more families. We are also in contact withmanufacturers and large distributors of these items to receive quotes for bulk prices so that we can get greater impact from cash donations.
 
Residents or visitors in the Dominican Republic can help by contributing these essential items, dropping them off at our main office in Plaza Novus Mare in Cabarete, or sending them via Metro or Caribe Tours to the attention of DREAM PROJECT CABARETE, telephone 809-571-0497.
 
If you would like to make a cash donation, you can do so through our website: www.dominicandream.org or via direct deposit into the account of D.R.E.A.M (RNC 430041612) at Banco Popular (current account in pesos # 777992579).
 
A formal tax receipt will be sent to you if you provide us with the necessary information (email address, RNC number and full name of your company).
 
If you wish to send your contribution from abroad, the easiest way to do so is through our donation link.  Thank you in advance for your support and concern for our communities in Sosúa and Cabarete.

We will keep you updated on our progress. Thank you for your support!

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MY VERY OWN LIBRARY DREAM BOOK FAIR 2016

A Historic Collaboration of North Coast Communities Working to Build Home Libraries for Students in the Dominican Republic

For Immediate Release:

November 23, 2016

Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic- November 23, 2016, The Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project is hosting their third annual My Very Own Library DREAM Book Fair today in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs, supported by the family and friends of My Very Own Library (MVOL) founder, Anne Feeley (1958-2012) and the Bailey Tuvell Family. DREAM is pleased to welcome actor and National Head Start Literacy Ambassador Taye Diggs, along with partner and co-author of the Book Series Mixed Me, Shane Evans. Both authors will present to participating youth and serve as Honorary Guests.

The MVOL book fair events will afford more than 2,000 students in the Dominican Republic the opportunity to select 10 free new Spanish Language books, over the course of the school year, to take home and build their own home libraries. The events will also be paired with motivational literacy activities, inspiring visits from authors such as Geraldine de Santis, winner of the Premio Dominicano de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil awarded by the Fundación SM, and will include a variety of literacy workshops that will be offered to families, so that they can learn how to better support reading in the home.

Since 2014, DREAM and MVOL have been partnering in 6 Public Schools and 5 DREAM Schools along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Each year these young readers choose more than 20,000 books from the Scholastic Book Fair to create libraries in their own homes. Allowing the participating students to choose their own books at the book fairs is a critical component of the program, based on research in the Kids & Family Reading Report™ from Scholastic, in which 90% of children ages 6-17 agreed that “I am more likely to finish a book I have picked out myself.” Parents support the program through reading the books at home with their children and as one parent declared, “My son loves to read. He feels marvelous when he reads and feels like he is inside of the book as the main character…Thank you for this opportunity.”

The first book fair for 2016-17 will take place at The DREAM Education Center in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, followed by two additional book fairs in Ausberto Luna Lagombra School in La Unión, the Salomé Ureña School in La Ciénaga and Máximo Acosta in Abreu. The three book fairs will highlight the importance of reading and its role in providing high quality education to the children of the Dominican Republic. These books will provide countless hours of reading, critical thinking and motivational activities in the homes of the underserved communities of Abreu, Islabón, Cabarete, Sosúa, Villa Liberación, Sabaneta and Caraballo.

The 2,000 students participating in this program will be selected from DREAM’s Early Childhood and High Quality Primary Education: Montessori Preschools, Young Stars, DREAM Summer Schools and Camps, DREAM Con Libros (The DREAM Mobile Library Program) and The DREAM Public Library Program, in addition to five area public schools. The goal of the DREAM Book Fairs is to improve literacy rates and ensure that all youth in the country have access to books and a brighter tomorrow, free from the cycle of poverty. DREAM strives to support and partner with the Dominican Ministry of Education, reversing the trend of low performing academic results and creating a shared culture of reading and high quality education.  To learn more about the DREAM Project and to support this memorable event, please visit: www.dominicandream.org, or http://www.myveryownlibrary.org.

For more information about Scholastic and Scholastic Book Fairs, visit the newsroom at: http://newsroom.scholastic.com

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For Press inquires: Contact The DREAM Project – info@dominicandream.org or 607 216-4697

 

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Scholastic Blog

Scholastic Newsroom

Children's Book Council

 

Exclusive: 'DREAMer of the Year' Dascha Polanco Talks Giving Back to Her Community

Giving back to your community can be very fulfilling, something Dascha Polanco understands very well. It was a huge week for her as she was honored at both the K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers annual gala and The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) for her activist contributions. Polanco was one of many who helped The K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers annual gala rise over $1.7 million to help children and families challenged by poverty and natural disaster Wednesday night. Click here to read more at latina.com.

Dascha Polanco of Orange is the New Black Visits The DREAM Project

Actress Dascha Polanco from Orange is the New Black recently visited The DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic to learn more about their music and education programs for at-risk youth. Dascha will be hosting Sueños 2016, DREAM’s annual fundraiser in NYC on November 10, 2016 at the 40/40 Club. Click here to purchase tickets. View Dascha’s Instagram and press from the visit below.

HEADLINES Variety Latino – http://varietylatino.com/2016/gente/noticias/foto-video-dascha-polanco-ayuda-ninos-escasos-recursos-republica-dominicana-266180/ El Recorte (Pick up of Variety Latino above) – http://www.elrecorte.com/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-escasos-recursos-de-su-natal-republica-dominicana/ Pop Sugar – http://www.popsugar.com/latina/Dascha-Polanco-Dominican-Republic-August-2016-42244611#photo-42244611 Telemundo – https://www.telemundo.com/entretenimiento/2016/08/18/dascha-polanco-responde-los-que-la-critican-por-su-peso-con-estas-fotos People En Español – http://www.peopleenespanol.com/article/dascha-polanco-muestra-su-figura-republica-dominicana-aqua-millenium-playa-cabarete Gerente (Pick up of People En Español above) – http://gerente.com/es/rss-article/dascha-polanco-muestra-su-figura-en-las-playas-de-republica-dominicana/ Venue Magazine – http://www.venuemagazine.com/2016/08/17/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-escasos-recursos-de-republica-dominicana/ Remolacha – https://remolacha.net/fotos-fuifuiu-dascha-polanco-bikineando-en-rd/ Vivala – http://www.vivala.com/entertainment/dascha-polanco-dominican-republic/5831 But it’s New – https://butisitnew.info/2016/08/18/dascha-polanco-servin-bawdy/ Que Mas – http://quemas.mamaslatinas.com/inspiration/143944/dascha_polanco_proudly_shows_off 20 Minutos – http://www.20minutos.com.mx/noticia/124654/0/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-bajos-recursos-de-republica-dominicana/ Fuego Alalata – http://fuegoalalata.do/2016/08/17/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-su-natal-rd/ Terra – https://entretenimiento.terra.com/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-bajos-recursos-de-republica-dominicana,fa5138241e00a8ada3bc91c8101124d5ajmjmhpy.html Tras Los Famosos – http://www.multimedios.com/telediario/tras-los-famosos/ayuda-paisanos-cumplir-suenos.html ABILK – http://abilk.com/dascha-polanco-mixes-in-a-little-swimsuit-time-with-her-humanitarian-work-in-dominican-republic/ Yahoo! Noticias – https://es-us.noticias.yahoo.com/dascha-polanco-ayuda-niños-bajos-recursos-república-dominicana-174258907.html Mas Flow Team – http://www.masflowteam.net/tour/fotos-fuifuiu-dascha-polanco-bikineando-en-rd/


HEADLINES

Variety Latino – http://varietylatino.com/2016/gente/noticias/foto-video-dascha-polanco-ayuda-ninos-escasos-recursos-republica-dominicana-266180/
El Recorte (Pick up of Variety Latino above) – http://www.elrecorte.com/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-escasos-recursos-de-su-natal-republica-dominicana/
Pop Sugar – http://www.popsugar.com/latina/Dascha-Polanco-Dominican-Republic-August-2016-42244611#photo-42244611
Telemundo – https://www.telemundo.com/entretenimiento/2016/08/18/dascha-polanco-responde-los-que-la-critican-por-su-peso-con-estas-fotos
People En Español – http://www.peopleenespanol.com/article/dascha-polanco-muestra-su-figura-republica-dominicana-aqua-millenium-playa-cabarete
Gerente (Pick up of People En Español above) – http://gerente.com/es/rss-article/dascha-polanco-muestra-su-figura-en-las-playas-de-republica-dominicana/
Venue Magazine – http://www.venuemagazine.com/2016/08/17/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-escasos-recursos-de-republica-dominicana/
Remolacha – https://remolacha.net/fotos-fuifuiu-dascha-polanco-bikineando-en-rd/
Vivala – http://www.vivala.com/entertainment/dascha-polanco-dominican-republic/5831
But it’s New – https://butisitnew.info/2016/08/18/dascha-polanco-servin-bawdy/
Que Mas – http://quemas.mamaslatinas.com/inspiration/143944/dascha_polanco_proudly_shows_off
20 Minutos – http://www.20minutos.com.mx/noticia/124654/0/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-bajos-recursos-de-republica-dominicana/
Fuego Alalata – http://fuegoalalata.do/2016/08/17/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-su-natal-rd/
Terra – https://entretenimiento.terra.com/dascha-polanco-ayuda-a-ninos-de-bajos-recursos-de-republica-dominicana,fa5138241e00a8ada3bc91c8101124d5ajmjmhpy.html
Tras Los Famosos – http://www.multimedios.com/telediario/tras-los-famosos/ayuda-paisanos-cumplir-suenos.html
ABILK – http://abilk.com/dascha-polanco-mixes-in-a-little-swimsuit-time-with-her-humanitarian-work-in-dominican-republic/
Yahoo! Noticias – https://es-us.noticias.yahoo.com/dascha-polanco-ayuda-niños-bajos-recursos-república-dominicana-174258907.html
Mas Flow Team – http://www.masflowteam.net/tour/fotos-fuifuiu-dascha-polanco-bikineando-en-rd/

Rethinking Service, by Nicki Fleischner

Rethinking Service

by Nicki Fleischner

One, two, three, GO!”
The whistle blew and the first round of campers was off. Half-walking, half running, they carefully balanced a Ping-Pong ball atop a paddle in their hands, eyes glued down in concentration. From the sidelines teammates cheered. “Faster!” “Almost there!” Members of the “Yellow Fish” jumped up and down. The “Green Snakes” crouched in nervous excitement.

The Ping-Pong Relay was a familiar Color War event for the Camp Scatico Counselors in Training (CITs). Summer after summer, the group of boys and girls had participated in countless Color War relays and races, soccer matches, and softball games. Like campers throughout the United States, they shared the unique bond of growing up while spending seven weeks each summer at Rethinking Service… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE (PDF).

Un proyecto para realizar los sueños

La educación cambia vidas, como dijo Paulo Freire, “La Educación no cambia el mundo, cambia a las personas que van a cambiar el mundo”. Pese a esa realidad,  la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO),  estipuló en un informe que la República Dominicana se encuentra en la posición 146 de 148 países con baja calidad en la educación.

Con esta premisa, existe una organización que ha trabajado para… Haga clíc aquí para leer más.

DREAM Continues to Grow Innovative Reading Campaign

For Immediate Release:

February 10, 2016

Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic- February 9th, 2016, The Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project is hosting its second annual My Very Own Library DREAM Book Fair in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs. This groundbreaking event is possible because of unprecedented support by the family and friends of My Very Own Library (MVOL) founder, Anne Feeley (1958-2012), the Bailey Tuvell Family and thousands of young, inspired Dominican readers.

Literacy is the cornerstone of a quality education and DREAM believes there is no better way to promote this than reading at home. A recent study of 70,000 students from 27 countries found, surprisingly, that having books in the home was a good predictor of children’s educational attainment. In fact, access to books was more predictive than the father’s occupation or family’s standard of living.

The second installment of the MVOL book fair will allow more than 2,000 students to select 4 free new Spanish Language books, to take home and add to their own DREAM home libraries. The event will be paired with motivational literacy activities, including a special visit and workshop by Dominican illustrator Emma Nice Grullon Balaguer.

In 2014-15, more than 2,000 students in 7 Public Schools and 5 DREAM Schools along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic participated in the fair. These young readers chose more than 20,000 books, who then created libraries in their own homes. This year, MVOL and DREAM will distribute 20,000 more books to our same network of readers. Allowing the participating students to choose their own books at the book fairs is a critical component of the program, based on research in the Kids & Family Reading Report™ from Scholastic, in which 90% of children ages 6-17 agreed that “I am more likely to finish a book I have picked out myself.”

The 2,000 students participating in this program have been selected from DREAM’s High quality Basic Education and Holistic Youth Development programs: Young Stars, DREAM Summer Schools and Camps, DREAM Con Libros (The DREAM Mobile Library Program) and The DREAM Public Library Program, in addition to eight area public schools. The goal of the DREAM Book Fairs is to improve literacy rates and ensure that all youth in the country have access to books and a brighter tomorrow, free from the cycle of poverty. DREAM strives to support and partner with the Dominican Ministry of Education, reversing the trend of low performing academic results and creating a shared culture of reading and high quality education. To learn more about the DREAM Project and to support this memorable event, please visit: www.dominicandream.org, or http://www.myveryownlibrary.org.

For more information about Scholastic and Scholastic Book Fairs, visit the newsroom at: http://newsroom.scholastic.com.

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For Press inquires: Contact The DREAM Project – info@dominicandream.org or 809-571-0497

 

Robinson Cano Graces the November Cover of LatinTRENDS Magazine

 

Major League Baseball super star Robinson Cano, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, has been fortunate in life and now he is giving back in a big way. This month LatinTRENDS celebrates the benevolent efforts of this outstanding Dominican athlete. In his latest philanthropic endeavor, Cano and his non-profit organization RC22 teamed up with The Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project, DREAM, to build a high quality Montessori Preschool and Education Center in Cano’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris. LatinTRENDS longtime partner of The DREAM Project recognizes Robinson Cano’s humanitarian commitment on November 12 at the 40/40 Club in New York. The Sueños 2015 The DREAM Project Annual Benefit will be co-hosted by past LatinTRENDS Magazine cover stars Leslie Grace and Henry Santos. Visit dominicandream.org  for tickets and donations. Click here to continue reading…

The DREAM Holiday Brunch, December 6th, 2015

Come be part of the most effective solution for our shared community, high quality education for all! Signature drinks will be served, with a full North American Brunch Buffet, along with our silent auction tailored for you, with incredible deals on DR weekend escapes, holiday gifts and more. After you get your holiday shopping done, relax and let DREAM handle the kids through our different activities, including a human Foosball court, our always popular balloon giveaway (where everyone wins) and a series of very special performances by Doug Wimbish (Sugar Hill, Rolling Stones, Living Colour), our best local musicians and the DREAM Band.

Friends of the DREAM Project Online and Live Auction Fundraiser

All monies raised go to the DREAM Project to support bringing music to the lives of impoverished children in the Dominican Republic.

Live Auction: A limited number of tickets are available for the Live Auction. Purchase tickets below or a Friends of the DREAM Project Fundraiser! Tickets may also be available at the door.

Live Auction Location: Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto on October 15th, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.

Online Auction:Check out our auction and pre-bid before the live auction. Bidding opens on Sept 25th at 12 p.m. EST and closes October 15th at 2 PM EST. Please note that once bidding closes online the items in this auction will transition to our live auction and you maybe outbid if you are not in attendance at the live auction.  

Tickets are $100CAN/person ($75USD). Once purchased, your name will be added to our guest list at the front door and you will receive a digital ticket by email.

The DREAM Project is a 501(c)3 US-based tax-exempt organization. Donations are 100% tax-deductible for the full amount allowed by US law. Many thanks for your support —  and don’t forget to invite your friends!

About the event:

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

6 – 9 PM

Hard Rock Cafe
279 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON Canada

Cocktail Reception, Live Auction with Door Prizes and Entertainment

Sueños 2015

 

 

OUR GUESTS
The Sueños 2015 NYC Benefit will take place at the exclusive 40/40 Club on November 12th, 2015 in Manhattan and will be presented by our co-hosts, Grammy Award Winner Henry Santos and Grammy Nominated Singer Leslie Grace.

OUR HONOREE
The DREAM Project is extremely proud to honor Robinson Cano, for his exceptional work supporting Dominican youth through his RC22 Foundation. Mr. Cano will be presented with a very special award recognizing the positive impact he has had on the lives of underserved children and communities both locally and globally. The Foundation has established and engaged in various initiatives that expand opportunities for improved outcomes in the areas of youth development and community healthcare. In particular, The RC22 DREAM School is scheduled to open in Fall 2015. This Montessori school will serve 100 youth ages 3-8 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, and will offer holistic community and employment training programs for residents.

OUR BENEFIT
The Sueños 2015 NYC Benefit will take place at the exclusive 40/40 Club in Manhattan and will be presented by our co-hosts, Grammy Award Winner Henry Santos of Aventura and Grammy Nominated Singer Leslie Grace. They will be joined by New York’s most prominent philanthropists, celebrities and invited guests, Mr. and Miss Dominican Republic US, and many more. Join our Facebook Event and invite your friends!

 

Event Committee

Karla Farach de Athanasopoulos, Carmen Collado, Darlene Cordero, Catherine DeLaura, Benjamin de Menil, Maria Luna, Marlene Parron, Donald Rabinovitch, Scott Siegel, Jonathan Wunderlich, Emily W. MacDowell, Michel Zaleski, and support from the DREAM Executive Board

 

Event Sponsors

 

Proceeds from Sueños 2015 support The DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic. The DREAM Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides quality education for over 5,500 children annually. We offer the hope of a better quality of life for present and future generation of Dominican children by greatly improving their educational opportunities.

DREAM has a 100% model, which means 100% of donations go towards programs and our Board covers all operational expenses. Ambassador contributions will go towards one of DREAM’s 4 categories of education:
Early Childhood Education
High Quality Primary Education
Holistic Youth Development
Arts, Culture and Community Enrichment

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. All donations are tax-deductible.

If you would like to contribute, but are not able to attend the event, please make your donation by clicking the button below.

Donate Today!

Follow Your Dreams – Henry Santos & Leslie Grace Visit The DREAM Project

Published on Friday, 24 July 2015 14:24

Written by Claudia Avila-Batchelor

“Music is a language that everyone can connect to because we are rhythmic beings. We have a beat and a tone in the way we breathe, when we laugh, when we cry, in our walk, when we make love, our pulse and our heartbeat. When I was producing international events for the Ministry of Sound I would travel all over the world and communicate with anyone through our shared passion for music. We didn’t need a common tongue to bond. So when the chance to spend the day witnessing…” Click here to read more.

Leslie Grace & Henry Santos Visit The DREAM Project

http://arteymedio.com.do/leslie-grace-y-henry-santos-primeros-artistas-en-apoyar-programa-de-bachata-en-rd/

Los jóvenes intérpretes de Bachata, Leslie Grace y Henry Santos estuvieron recientemente en Cabarete, Puerto Plata, apoyando la causa sin fines de lucro DREAM PROJECT, quienes a parte de proveer un sistema de educación de calidad para niños de escasos recursos en algunas localidades de República Dominicana, tienen la primera escuela de bachata del país y de toda Latinoamérica. Grace y Santos fueron los primeros artistas internacionales en apoyar el programa de bachata. Los artistas visitaron la escuela, hablaron con los estudiantes sobre sus experiencias, los aconsejaron y cantaron con ellos.

En las Noticias:

Lo sucedido en el Cabarete Jazz Festival

 

Con el ritmo y tumbao de morning un añejo y hermoso standar de Latin Jazz se dio inicio al Concierto por el Dia Internacional del Jazz en cabarete.

Músicosos entre 8 a 15 años conformaron los distintos ensambles donde composiciones de Jaco Pastorius,Billy Cobham,Herbie Hancock,Louis Amstrong sonaron en la calle principal de este hermoso balneario  a la vista de asistentes como transeuntes que detenían su agitado camino para disfrutar de la musica de los músicos: Jazz. Haz clic aquí para leer mas…