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:, or

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For Press inquires: Contact The DREAM Project – 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  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



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.

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.

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

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…

“Top Dominican Cigar” en beneficio de la educación dominicana

Publicado en Bohío News


David Savona, editor de Cigar Aficionado, dijo en el marco de la celebración de la primera edición del premio “Top Dominican Cigar” a beneficio de la organización Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM Project), en el JW Marriott Santo Domingo, que cada año se premiará al mejor cigarro producido en República Dominicana y, en esta primera edición, el galardón lo obtuvo la Tabacalera La Alianza debido a que durante tres años consecutivos fue considerado por la editorial como uno de los 25 mejores puros a nivel internacional.

El presidente de La Alianza, Ernesto Pérez Carrillo, presentó el cigarro con el cual obtuvo este importante reconocimiento, “La Historia EIII”, y explicó sobre el honor, así como la importancia de la industria dominicana y su papel en el mercado de los cigarros.

Durante el desarrollo del evento se llevó a cabo una subasta exclusiva de viajes internacionales, nacionales, cajas de cigarros y humidores.

Los asistentes a la premiación vivieron una experiencia única en la que pudieron colaborar económicamente con el programa de Educación Temprana Montessori, el cual maneja y gestiona DREAM Project.

“Hoy celebramos todo lo mejor de la República Dominicana, con el ultimo enfoque sobre nuestro recurso más valioso, la próxima generación de Dominicanos y su educación. El concepto de este premio se fundió con un deseo de la industria a usar su fama para promover educación y el trabajo que hace DREAM. Gracias a ellos, podemos llegar a cientos de niños y ofrecer aulas adicionales de Montessori para ofrecer un futuro mejor”, expresó Jonathan Wunderlich, director de desarrollo de DREAM Project.


El proyecto Dream Project es una organización que trabaja en el desarrollo de 15 programas educativos para unos 5,000 jóvenes en edades entre los 2 y 24 años. La organización sin fines de lucro está conformada por más de 8.000 miembros a nivel nacional, quienes combaten los efectos de la pobreza ofertando una educación de calidad con iguales oportunidades de aprender y desarrollar todo su potencial.

DREAM Volunteer Brenda Hernandez to share A Ganar Impact Evaluation at CIES


Clinton School Student Shares Program Impact Evaluation Findings with Key Stakeholders

Brenda Hernandez of Pomona, Calif. spent six months in Cabarete, Dominican Republic completing her University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Capstone Project with The DREAM Project, a local NGO focused on helping all children and youth have equal opportunities to learn and realize their full potential through transformative education programs that combat the effects of poverty. Hernandez will share her findings of the impact evaluation of DREAM Project’s A Ganar youth workforce development program with key donors and partners at Comparative International Education Society Annual Conference on March 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

The CIES Annual Conference gives educators and practitioners from around the globe an opportunity to convene and further the goals of CIES of increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives. The conference offers… Click here to read more

Cigar Country Night Presenta Cigar Aficionado Top Dominican 2014

Jueves 16 de Abril, 2015, 7 pm – JW Marriott, Santo Domingo

Cigar Aficionado celebra su primer evento anual “Top Dominican Cigar” en la Republica Dominicana, a beneficio de la fundación DREAM Project. Cigar Aficionado reconoce al fabricante del mejor cigarro dominicano del 2014, La Historia EIII hecho por Tabacalera La Alianza y representada por Su Presidente Ernesto Perez Carrillo. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de disfrutar de una gran noche, entre fabricantes y conocedores de puros. La entrada de US $100 incluye una caja firmada por Ernesto, degustación de lo mejor de Tabacalera La Alianza, bebidas premium, picadera y acceso a una subasta exclusiva. Nuestros patrocinadores serán solo las mejores marcas del país, así que nuestras visitas tendrán el “Top” de todo Dominicano: ambiente, gente, bebida, música, comida, conversación y, por supuesto, cigarro. En el transcurso de la noche, se estarán llevando una subasta exclusiva para viajes internacionales, nacionales, experiencias únicas, cajas de cigarros y humidores exclusivos para este gran evento. El dinero recaudado será destinado 100% para el programa de Educación Temprana Montessori. Haga clic abajo o aquí para comprar su boleto o donar. Cada entrada de $100USD recibirá una caja de E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III firmado, el “Top Dominican Cigar” de 2014.

Queremos tomar un momento para agradacer nuestros patrocinadores increíbles, EP Carrillo, Cigar Aficionado, ProCigar, JW Marriott, InHouse Productions, Pernod Ricard, Brugal, Alvarez y Sanchez, Arte Tamboril, y Presidente.

Sin ellos, este Sueño no seria posible!

DREAM on HBO Latin America


DREAM is honored to be featured in the HBO Latin America Documentary, Sembradores de Optimismo | DREAM Project, which is being shown throughout the holidays on all their channels. Please, take a moment if you are reading this anywhere in Latin America (the US link will be enabled soon!) to learn about our beautiful kids, dedicated teachers and community. DREAM Big everyone!

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