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HELP ELIJAH GET TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!

Over 1/3 of the population lives below the poverty line in the Dominican Republic. Our 16 yr old son is doing a youth humanitarian trip there to help build a school this summer, and he will be completing his Eagle Scout project in the process . Help him reach his goal of $2,500 in contributions to HEFY so all the costs of his trip will be discounted. Donate at www.HEFY.org/donate and put Elijah Manning down as the “fundraiser.”

Every little bit helps!! Your contributions are tax deductible and he will provide you with a receipt for your taxes. Also, for any donation $20 or greater you will receive a trip bracelet along with your receipt. :)

Project Description

The Dominican Republic has a difficult challenge providing school facilities for the rapidly growing population in the city of Santo Domingo.  The government has not been able to allocate the needed resources and many of the local schools are extremely overcrowded.  Some schools have been forced to turn away many of the local students, forcing them to attend distant schools.  Parents who can’t afford the transportation costs to send their children to the remote schools have no way to educate them.

Faced with this problem the parents of the Eastern Breezes neighborhood of Santo Domingo have come together to construct a makeshift elementary school.  They have built eight classrooms out of plywood sheeting and tin roofs that service 700 students.  Only one outhouse is available for the entire school.

The HEFY volunteers will build the first phase of a permanent school facility which will include two desperately needed additional classrooms and a bathroom block for the students.  This new facility will have a cement roof which will also provide a hurricane shelter for the students as any major storm could easily destroy the current fragile plywood structure.  Without the help of HEFY, this humble community has no way to build a better school.