On behalf of Magdelena and the staff of Centro Educativo Shalom, I would like to say thanks to the thousands who have
"GIVEN A LITTLE...AND CHANGED A LOT".
Over the past 11 years the little project that Magdelena started with the goal of providing quality education to those the world forgot, has blossomed into a project of success!
This is mainly due to the many of you who have visited with me and provided support for the project through educational materials and cash donations.
The school has gone from 35 students in our initial year to approximately 165 students this year! A simple look through the photos above show the difference this little school has made to the local community.
Over the past few years we have been able to open a computer lab, outfit a soccer team, start a baseball program, added an activities pad, teach basic English, and offer the independent support to a few students whose families have fallen on very tough times with the loss of a parent or other hardships beyond the meager life most live in the first place..
The school remains the focal point of a very low income part of Bavaro.
Your visit to the school is much more than the supplies and financial support you offer...it is much more than that.
For many in Bavaro, the future will be a community of people from around the world. A melting pot of different cultures and beliefs...different languages and habits. Through your visit, the students are better prepared for the future integration into a "world" community! Those who have visited before, understand the "two-way" impact of meeting with the students and members of the surrounding community.
Once more...a huge thank you to the many who have visited the school and to those who in the future, will also share the experience of watching a dream grow.
The following items are always in need at Centro Educativo Shalom!!!
back packs - folders - plastic report covers - lined notebooks - pencils - erasers - chalk - markers and highlighters - water colours and paint brushes - craft supplies - craft paper - balloons - world maps - protractor sets (the kind in metal tins) - rulers - glue sticks - sports balls - frisbees - skipping ropes - educational games - rain coats - umbrellas (kid's sizes) - flip flops - general summer weight kids clothing
These are but a few ideas. Every piece of everything makes it to the schools and is greatly appreciated. I have a storage area dedicated to this endeavor and distribute the items on an as-needed basis, as the schools have very little in the way of storage facilities.
I am able to make pick ups at most local resorts only with advanced notice. Please email me with your details.
Thank you for your continued support and concern for the education of the Dominican Republic's youth!