Casa Ana Dominican Republic Team: Allison, Lillian, Carolyn
by Kimberly Andino
The Casa Ana team “meets” online–everyone has their assigned duties that they are working on.
Giulia seems very enthusiastic and was very interested in helping to create the summer program since she will have a teaching certificate in June and wants to volunteer in Azua.
Allison has been moved from general research to head of the medical committee- she has med student friends who would be interested in traveling to DR for a doctors without borders type of program. She is very interested in developing this idea so I put her together with Rex- they are working on creating the draft and doing the research in terms of grants, agencies, foundations, organizations, community outreach, etc and any and all contacts in the medical field who could help them. She also contacted someone about a possible event.
Carolyne is working on outreach and an event – (a salsa dance contest “Dancing with the Stars”). She could probably use help in terms of a marketing package (“applicable raffle and prize items (dance or music related), what could be offered to the person allowing the studio space to be used, i.e. free advertising, etc.) Dylan just sent you the pictures (we didn’t have Erica’s email) for Picasa- I expect more pictures of kids after the trip. He is also working his way through the list of Dominican baseball players we should contact. My mother is translating the brochure into Spanish (she is also doing the final proofreading for the website translation–so you should have it shortly).
I engaged a licensed nutritionist to create a daily menu for the kids based on foods found in DR- so we can know what we’ll be buying and calculate the cost for the budget.
I have to get the bank account opened for which I need the letter of incorporation. I am working with Ms. Marchena on other details and loose ends. Oh- and the guys who did the first kick-off event at La Pregunta have agreed to do a send-off event in May/June- prior to the grand opening (we still have time so we are not planning anything yet- plus they are busy with other events in between- I will touch base with them in April).
And that’s pretty much where we are for now. Now that you are back I can keep you in the loop on copy.