Dominican Republic Mission Trip February 16 – 23, 2013
WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE ALREADY RAISED 88% OF OUR GOAL. Our First Giving page shows one vehicle that we use for fundraising but it doesn't represent all funds raised. We already have over $13,000. PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL BY GIVING TOWARDS THE LAST $5K THAT WE NEED. Read on to learn more about our trip.
This February, sixteen youth and adult members of the Larchmont Avenue Church will be traveling to the Dominican Republic (DR) on LAC’s first ever mission trip to this country. A core belief of the LAC community is that all members will “serve with compassion and care for one another, for our neighbors and for the global community.” We will fulfill that mission under the leadership of Bridges to Community, a twenty year-old non-profit community development organization. TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT IN RAISING $15,000 THAT WILL BE USED TO FUND OUR SERVICE WORK IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
Where are we going and why?
Our group is travelling to the San Juan de la Maguana region of the DR and will be living in the community of Derrumbadero and working close by in Caimonial. These settlements are located near the Dominican/Haiti border, where poverty is the highest in the country. Our youth group, SHiFT, unanimously agreed that international mission trips are a top priority for our youth group. The students said that travelling to non-English speaking third world countries and working side-by-side with residents there expanded their knowledge of the world and their own self-awareness about their own life conditions in irreplaceable ways.
What will the LAC travelers be doing?
Our primary job will be working alongside Dominicans to dig and lay the foundation of a new multi-use school that will be Caimonial’s first 4th to 6th grade school house, offer adult literacy classes and serve as a community meeting house. This work is done by hand through sweat, labor and teamwork. Additionally, we will assist in an organic nursery farm that supports eco-initiatives such as critical reforestation efforts.
How will your donation be used?
We have a bold fundraising goal of $15,000. Your money will support:
• The materials needed to build the new school house
• A small portion of the trip fees for our travellers
IF WE ACHIEVE OUR FUNDRAISING GOALS, OUR CHURCH WILL HAVE PAID FOR HALF OF THE CAIMONIAL SCHOOL HOUSE – a truly worthy goal!
What are the education needs in the DR?
• In stark contrast to the large tourism industry in DR, one fifth of the population in DR is undernourished, lacks decent housing and has no access to running water.
• Currently, students in Caimonial have to walk over 5km to the nearest town to attend school.
• Drop out rates increase significantly as children get older – especially in rural areas – due to limited access to quality education and materials.
• Limited investment in rural education leads to a greater difference in learning conditions for urban versus rural students.
• Schools are overcrowded or nonexistent and infrastructure such as roads and bridges are impassible in the rural areas for much of the year.
• Girls are less likely than boys to continue with education beyond elementary school.
Who is involved in this project?
LAC’s youth group, Senior High Fellowship Time (SHiFT), oversees the majority of this project from fundraising, to learning about the DR, to educating our community about the importance of international mission work to disseminating real information about the specific needs in the DR. The trip is intergenerational and adult members always join the younger church members as active participants in the mission efforts. This year, our travelers are: Andrew & Patty Towle, Carina Allen, Caroline Sarkozi, Clare Camoiera, Clemence Wassen, Kelly & Tom Poleman, Rev. Julie Emery, Karen McGill, Karin Laager, Kimberly Flores, Liam Hanley, Chris & Scott Godwin, and Ryan Flynn.