Education Forward: Bani, Dominican Republic

$1,565 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 9 months
Created August 3, 2018
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As in many third world countries, the Dominican Republic is currently facing an educational disparity. The disparity, a direct cause of 46% of Dominicans living in poverty. Our founder, Hector Castillo Carvajal, lived in Provincia Bani, Dominican Republic for the first eight years of his life, his family often faced many obstacles. Being fortunate enough to have bigger and better opportunities in the U.S., he always felt inclined to assist those abroad who aren’t as well resourced as many folks in the U.S.

Our aim is to serve students from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade since 55% of the student population is within that range. Out of the entire possible student population (ranging from Pre-K to college, and never attended school) in Provincia Bani, 55% are enrolled in elementary school, however, by the time high school comes around, there is only a total of 22% continuing their education, meaning 33% of students drop out. Out of the 22% of students that graduate with a high school diploma, only 6% continue their education in college.

The average income in the Dominican Republic is approximately, USD $130/per month, barely enough to make ends meet for any family. Through your donations, we aim to build a fully furnished kitchen at Escuela Basica Graciosa Elvira Cueves (Elementary/Middle School in Bani) since they currently do not have a sustainable source of food for a total of 188 students. Additionally, we plan to deliver school supplies, and a smile to a child in Las Barias, Bani, Dominican Republic.

The expected time of completion of this project is mid-August 2019. We hope you can contribute to this cause, if you already have, we sincerely thank you. If not, please share and follow our social media handles to remain informed in real-time.

Facebook: CarvajalCares 
Instagram: Carvajal Cares 

For questions, comments, or concerns please email us at: Carvajalcares@gmail.com
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Carvajal Cares has collaborated with photographer and documentary producer, Harry Montas, to bring you Las Barias, Bani! A documentary and photo gallery representing the everyday life of students in Las Barias.

Harry Montas offers a look into the academic pursuits and struggles of children who live in Las Barias, Bani, one of the many impoverished towns within the Dominican Republic. Spending a few days in this community Harry explored how students learn, play, and struggle as they navigate the limited resources available to them and their educators. Escuela Básica Graciosa Elvira Cuevas is one of the schools in the area dealing with issues of limited resources and funding; the school serves students of pre-K to eighth grade.

“Bringing awareness to these issues of limited resources in the education system means a lot to me. My mother grew up in a town very similar to this, where she learned to value her education and I see the same value that's put into education from these students.” - Harry Montas

Please join us to raise funds for Carvajal Cares' mission to improve education within disenfranchised communities. Enjoy your Saturday with a showcase of a documentary, photo gallery, workshop stations, and food and drinks.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harry-montas-las-barias-bani-registration-51770492938
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Hi Donors,

Thank you so much for the donations, truly means a lot to our team. But, certainly, your donations mean much more to the kids that will benefit in the Dominican Republic and their families. Please follow us on social media to see our daily updates.

Instagram: @CarvajalCares
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarvajalCares/

Please be on the lookout for our upcoming event: Free Admission Art Gallery Benefit. At this event, we will showcase a documentary and photos of the school and kids who will benefit from this fundraiser.

Thank you!

Much love,

The Carvajal Cares Team
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$1,565 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 62 people in 9 months
Created August 3, 2018
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