We have taken 55 groups (as of July 2017), from over a dozen schools, universities, and parishes across the US, to the DR for a unique experience that changes their lives… and the lives of those they go to serve.
We currently support 38 students at university, technical school, and secondary levels from the communities of Batey Libertad and Franco Bidó. As of November 2017, 66 students have graduated from high school, 5 from technical school, and 10 from university– accomplishments that would have been impossible without the collaboration of EAB. Many other students eagerly await scholarships. Each academic year we provide school supplies to 25-50 primary school students. We also support an adult literacy program, and in June 2016 supported our 2nd annual summer school academic enrichment camp for primary school students, which is planned, organized, staffed, and directed entirely by our college and high school scholarship students.
Housing and Sanitation.
EAB has made possible the new construction or major repair of 101 homes (as of Sept 2017), and constructed 65 basic latrines (from 1998-2012) where there were previously none, as well as 36 composting latrines (from Jan 2013- Sept 2017).
We have erected a free-access community clinic in Franco Bidó, which now provides basic health care and medicine thanks to our collaboration with CrossLink International. Community leaders also conduct preventative health workshops. Our US service-learning immersion groups take thousands of dollars worth of life-saving medicines to the clinic every year.
Two community parks and hundreds of new trees now stand in Batey Libertad, providing shade, community meeting space, and recreational areas. We have supported reforestation in mountainous areas around Franco Bidó, especially with fruit trees which supplement income and food for coffee farmers experiencing depleted crops due to “rust” fungus. We have supported the building of low-emission wood-burning stoves in that same community, and have funded hen projects to provide families with more protein and income.
By facilitating dialogue and community exchanges between youth and adults of US, Dominican, and Haitian descent, EAB helps to heal wounds inflicted by centuries of exploitation and enmity.
Culture of Service.
All of our projects are directed by Dominican community leaders in consultation with the US Board of Directors. They are realized through the efforts of empowered community members with the aid of Pentecost Project immersion trip groups and supporters like you!