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Dominican Starfish Foundation overview 2023.pdf

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This is a brief overview of the activities of Dominican Starfish Foundation working to help those suffering in poverty in the Dominican Republic. We work in 5 areas, Shelter, Food and Clothing, Health and Wellness, Education and Employment.

This is a brief overview of the activities of Dominican Starfish Foundation working to help those suffering in poverty in the Dominican Republic. We work in 5 areas, Shelter, Food and Clothing, Health and Wellness, Education and Employment.

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  1. 1. Dominican Starfish Foundation • Our charity was started by a small group of family and friends traveling to the Dominican Republic to vacation. After eventually going beyond the beach, we became aware of how the real people live and started bringing school supplies, clothing and household items to members the community in attempt to improve their living conditions. We created the foundation in 2012.
  2. 2. Our foundation is named after the famous “Starfish Story”. Though the need is tremendous, we focus on helping one person, one family at a time.
  3. 3. Food and Clothing Though our foundation has grown to include more lasting and substantial capital projects, we still and will continue to help the impoverished with these very basic needs. In 2020 during the pandemic, we raised over $250,000 for food with a focus on hungry children.
  4. 4. This is our distribution area in the community center in Javillar. Volunteers arriving from the USA and Canada bring donations. From here leaders in many communities in Puerto Plata take things to distribute among those in need.
  5. 5. Health and Wellness Our charity focuses specifically in the areas of emergency medical assistance and facilitating volunteer groups. In our center, we have hosted dentists, doctors, chiropractors, optometrists and more.
  6. 6. Before and after dental care
  7. 7. Education A key to reducing poverty
  8. 8. We are currently sponsoring 120 children to attend school and helping 7 university students! One recently graduated as a doctor.
  9. 9. Every fall we have a school uniform drive. We help in the communities of Javillar, Baraguana, Munoz, Loma Blanca, La Grua, Perez, Barrio Angela, La Seiba and more. Over 200 children are blessed to be able to attend school because of this!
  10. 10. We have sponsored courses in manicure, pedicures and hair dressing. We are helping people to help themselves and their families.
  11. 11. We collaborated with another foundation called Hip-hop Heals to build this employment and education center in the community of La Seiba. Women are now working there using the skills they have received through our donations for courses.
  12. 12. Shelter—Home Building In 2013 we raised funds to build our first home in the Dominican Republic. Our goal was to build one home each year. Now 10 years later, we are working on home #205! We raise the funds in Canada and the USA and provide employment to local workers to build these homes. 100% of donations given go directly to the projects.
  13. 13. At 17, Leonida already had 3 children. She was living in great poverty and abuse. Zoe and Gemma Palmer, age 12 years and 9 years from Edmonton, Canada raised the money to build her a new home. Her life has changed dramatically.
  14. 14. Before and After one of our earlier homes This is Abyani pictured left by their shack and right 6 years later with her baby brother. Lives have been changed!!
  15. 15. Ramon, Luz and family From Squalor to Scholar! With the help of Dominican Starfish Foundation, Luz has now graduated with an education degree. We are building a small addition to their home so that she can have a place to tutor children. Though she hasn’t yet found employment, she has created her own!!
  16. 16. You can feel the joy they had upon hearing that they will receive a new home. Marianyi has now graduated from university and is assisting the foundation!
  17. 17. We asked the mom how she felt about her new home. Her answer blew us away!! “I feel human.”
  18. 18. Bringing hope and joy to the sorrowful. Little Jose Luis lost his mother to a great tragedy. Dominican Starfish Foundation bought and rebuilt a home for his grandma to have a place to care for him. We also found him a monthly sponsor
  19. 19. The Jimenez family have two special needs children. The baby has developmental delays mentally and physically. The oldest is deaf and mute. She cried so badly when our workers tore down her home because no one could explain to her what was happening.
  20. 20. Dominican Starfish Foundation would like to thank all our donors! You are helping us to change lives, one child and one family at a time—changes that could last for generations!!

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