The Casa Ana Team

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.

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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.

Kimberly

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Trip to the Dominican Republic – Summary

by Maria Marchena

To initiate the realization of “Casa Ana”, I travelled to Azua, Dominican Republic on September 12, 2008. The duration of my trip was two weeks. I spent a great deal of time visiting the homes of poverty-stricken families and assessing their needs. I visited 31 homes from the poorest neighborhoods of the city.

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These families live in the most deplorable conditions; their dire financial situation does not even allow provisions for their basic needs of food, clothing and medical services to be met. Many of the children do not attend school because the care-takers do not have the funds to acquire a birth certificate. The Dominican government does not provide any type of assistance to help these families with their needs. The consensus amongst some care-takers is that when they manage to get some money, they rather feed their children than obtain a piece of paper for them to attend school. I was overwhelmed by the feeling of powerlessness and hopelessness that these families expressed. Although they are willing to work to improve their current condition, they have resigned themselves to the fact that without outside help, they do not have the means or access to the crucial support system necessary to initiate a change for themselves or their children.

These families do not receive any form of medical benefits therefore they have no access whatsoever to any type of medical services, even basic. They feel as if nobody cares for them. Some of these children are very gifted and if given the right opportunity, they would excell in school and in their community.

The following is the total number of homes visited and children assessed:

  • total homes: 31
  • total number of children assessed: 83
  • total number of orphans: 62
  • total number of needy children (non orphans) 21

There are a great deal more children in the area- orphans as well as non-orphans, but unfortunately the assessment was limited due to the fact that Casa Ana is projected to begin with 20 children and increase the number as the program expands. Families which participated in the assessment attended a meeting with their children where they received information about Casa Ana ‘s future role within the community.

In regards to the house where “Casa Ana” will be located, upon further evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that the house itself is not in the condition to house the project as previously believed. We need to secure the place and provide safety for the children. Instead of reconditioning the house, it is better to rebuild. The building project is estimated to last three months and will cost approximately $10,000.00 dollars, which will be raised amongst family and friends.

The attached pictures depict the condition of the community where these families live. Most of the adults are unemployed or underemployed and they survive by helping each other with their needs. Most of the homes are fatherless. 

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Donation site in “Changing the Present”

We have a giving site at Changing the Present. Please click on http://media.causes.com/ribbon/124125 to access the donation site.

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Casa Ana’s June 2010 Fundraiser

The following slide shows pictures from the 2010 Casa Ana’s Fundraiser part 1:

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2008 Casa Ana begins in Azua

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Donations!

We need your donations to help the children!
Please click here to Donate. This link will take you to the “Better Future International” official website donation page…Thanks a lot for your donations in advance!..the children deserve it.

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Fund Raiser — June 26th

Buy a $15 dinner ticket today to support Casa Ana’s Summer Program.
Make a $15 donation here and print the receipt for your admission ticket.

Make a $15 donation by clicking the above link

NY supporters are invited to the
1st Anniversary Dinner for Casa Ana
Sat. June 26, 7 PM
Church of the Living God
1921 Walton Ave.
Bronx, NY 10453

Come join us in celebration of our first year of helping the orphaned and disadvantaged children of Azua, Dominican Republic. We also welcome donated school supplies and educational computer programs at this event.

Call Hannah 917-400-0775, e-mail: casaana.dr@gmail.com

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What is “Family Care”?

Please click on this link to read all about the “What is Family Care?” program in this (pdf) brochure.
What is “Family Care”?…read information on this brochure.

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Casa Ana 61 pictures photo album

Click here for Casa Ana’s Photo Album
Pictures are on Facebook Album. Login and password required.

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