History

Strength for the Journey DR did not always have a focus on self sufficiency and education. Our humble beginnings involved work with the most desperate populations. But as we worked, we learned, we grew, and transformed. Read our story and grow with us.

Long time, hands-on philanthropist, aid worker and teacher, Lindsey Kaufman, living in the Dominican Republic at the time, had the idea to take on an effort to rebuild an Earthquake-destroyed home in Haiti. She donated her earnings and recruited 15 others to chip in. The project took 6 months while the family lived in a tent city.

Six months later, the house was finished and some funds, left over. The group then decided to continue to do their part to help humanity on a small scale “one person at a time” basis. These 16 founding members started Strength For The Journey DR. Their focus shifted to the Dominican Republic and projects were chosen collaboratively to provide emergency needs to those in extreme poverty while looking for opportunities to provide individuals a path to self-sufficiency.

STFJ DR continued to help individuals with medical needs, food packets, and housing assistance, improving and saving many lives along the way. Since the focus was always to help without creating dependency, other projects included enabling individuals to start their own businesses and providing education, however possible, even in the cane fields.

From a grass roots beginning of emergency assistance to families in crises (2010), to providing necessary supplies and uniforms enabling 70 children to attend school (2013), to launching the “iPads Under Trees” educational project in the cane fields (2013), to help building a Community Learning Center (2014) in Sosua to the second center in Jamao (2016), and to also work and teach in eight campo schools (2019.) Strength for the Journey DR is now delivering assistance to provide a year-round menu of educational and social programs to the impoverished children in Jamao Al Norte.

We believe in

Education is the only true path out of poverty

Providing help without developing dependence builds strength

Problem solving abilities and life skills are critical to future success

Children must take responsibility for their own learning, growth, life goals and path to success

SFTJ is 501 c3 tax exempt in the US: EIN 81-2877406

Dominican Address

Parroquia Asunción de María Avenida Melia Jamao al Norte, Espaillat

1(849) 915-1581

US Mailing Address

P.O. Box 51, Port Clinton, Oh 43453