Saturday, 27 September 2008
How many Dominicans does it take to raise a child?
In the spirit of Reunion '08, may I ask that each family living abroad sponsor a child to go to preschool? Many studies have been conducted regarding preschool education. Their conclusions are that preschool education, however limited, is better than none at all.
It costs less than $200 US (100 GBP)/year to send a child to preschool FOR A YEAR.
If you are one of 4 siblings, each of you would contribute $5/month for 2 years. That would pay for preschool and uniforms. It is a 2 year commitment. After that, as a family, you may wish to help cover the cost of books, etc.. as the child attends Primary school, which is free.
The child you sponsor would be able to write to you - it be would great if you could write back and build a long term relationship with them.
If we have 100 families who choose to participate, ONE HUNDRED CHILDREN will go to preschool. Our future ministers may be among these children. These children may be governing our country if/when we choose to retire there.
If you are not willing or able to sponsor a child yet, feel free to make a donation to the fund to assist in the process of helping our children have a better life.
Reunion '08 is not just about the next fete - the best rum punch - the flashiest outfit - the most bling.
Where is our collective responsibility as a nation to bring each other up in the world?
How many children can we educate? If we wait for government assistance for everything, we will continue to move at the same pace.
If you wish to help, please contact Doreen Francis @ The Dominica Save The Children Fund via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, there isn't a website or online link as funding was discontinued from Canada a while ago. With little funding they have received over the years, a website has not been a priority.
I will speak to Ma Francis to see if we can get that set up, or at least to see how much it will cost to do so. Ma Francis has continued to work tirelessly for our children, at the age of 74, she still works on a voluntary basis with very little help, after all of these years.
I will be posting bank account details shortly. In the meantime, I find that an international money order made payable to 'The Dominica Save the Children Fund' send via Fedex is the safest, quickest way to send them funds without sponsorship.
If you are looking to sponsor a child, Ma Francis will reply to your email with details.
If you don't get a response, please persist because they have server issues from time to time. Please be patient - it's worth it!
Posted by: Sandy Valentine
Courtesy of: Dominican Diaspora
Posted by Maureen at 23:19
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