March 2021 Newsletter


Land for Learning Center

Your contributions towards land purchase for a Strength for the Journey learning center have been generous.  We now have funds saved to buy an inexpensive piece of land.  Locating property has been ongoing.  We continue to search for the right location, size, and price.  Buying titled land in the Dominican Republic is not easy, but we are making some headway.  Hopefully, by the next newsletter, we will have good news.

The main story

While public schools remained closed in 2020-21, Strength for the Journey continues to teach. The great outdoors, churches, and community centers serve as our classrooms.  Although class sizes are more limited, we still accomplished much this past year.
  • We taught in 10 mountain communities
  • 130 students enrolled in our classes
  • Our teachers dedicated 600 hours educating children

Your Donations at Work

As we continue to help children and families, your contributions included

  • 2,000 face masks
  • school supplies for 200 children
  • 800 pairs of shoes for poor children
  • 6 barrels of clothing for donation center
  • classroom supplies
  • paint for police station
  • Christmas parties in 6 communities
  • 180 food and COVID prevention packets
  • transportation for medical personal to make home health visits
  • installation of water line in Arroyo Frio

Learning for All Children

Public schools in Jamao do not have teachers or classes to address special needs of some children, but Strength for the Journey is inclusive.  Our classes include adolescents who cannot read, children with learning disabilities, and those with physical limitations. We help each child, adjusting activities and objectives to meet the child's needs.  Yet, we also encourage, hold high expectations, and teach each child that that he/she has the potential to succeed. THAT is Strength for the Journey!

Who is Strength for the Journey?

YOU, of course!  And all the SFTJ kids throughout Jamao.  But also, our teachers make us the best option for learning, giving, and helping in Jamao.  Our results are the proof in the pudding!

A special thanks to our most recent donors: Cathy Greene, Diane and Harry Loso, Andrea Reichman, Andrea Kummero, Alice Cook, D'Arcy Wright, Michelle Fitzthum, Robert Valerius, The Dubois Foundation, Amazon Smile, and Network for the Good (Facebook birthday fundraisers.)

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