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Meet Students of the English Tutoring Project – Dominican Republic

23 July 2014 2 Comments

In many countries knowing English can greatly change an individual’s future by opening up new job opportunities and furthering their education.  The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a 12 month program, proposed for implementation in both Santiago and Santo Domingo within the Dominican Republic.  The more funds we raise, the more students that will be supported for this program. Each student’s tuition and expenses costs approximately $200 USD.

Meet some of the students who are benefiting from your donations to The Dominican Republic English Tutoring Project.


Say hello to Saeida Checo Gómez – Future Doctor


Saeida Gómez (17)

Saeida is 17 years old and lives with her parents and two brothers, Javier (16) and Saul (12).  She has already finished high school and is currently a college student at UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo).  Saeida’s biggest dream is to become a doctor and is particularly interested in psychology.  As a doctor, Saeida will be required to speak English.  She wants to grow and she believes that English is an essential part of that growth.


Saeida Gómez (17)

Children International has helped her a lot over the years.  Saeida has been a sponsor child of Children International since she was 5 years old.  Saeida got a Hope Scholarship a year ago and became a professional hairstylist.  She graduated with honors and went on to become a student in the ESL Project.  Saeida has been a great student and cares about the accuracy of her pronunciation.  She is ambitious and usually looks up new words in the dictionary.  Her hobbies include modeling and listening to music in English.


Introducing Ray Feliciano López García – Veterinary Aspirations


Ray García (17)

Ray (17) loves studying the English language and cares deeply for animals.  He lives with his parents, his older brother, Raylin Lopez (20), and his older sister Ruth Lopez (24).   Ray wants to be a doctor and he wants to have a foundation to help animals found living in the streets, especially rescue dogs.

Ray finished high school last year and is, personally, ready to start college classes.  However, he does not have enough money to pay for his transportation, food and school credits.  Ray, currently, ranks  first in his English class in reference to grades. He would like to speak English because he loves it and also, because he believes that the knowledge will give him the opportunity to acquire a good job.  With the salary from this job, he hopes to be able to put himself through college.

Ray really appreciates the opportunities Children International has given to him, especially the English classes.   Now, he thinks his biggest dreams are possible and he is working hard to reach them.


Meet Danilda Mercedes Cabrera Mora – University Bound for Accounting


Danilda Mora (18)

Danilda (18) lives with her parents, Nicumedes Mora and Gladys Cabrera, her sister, Daniela (14), her brother, Edison (23), and her niece, Lauribel (5).  In addition, she has one more sister, Oneida, and another brother, Aneury.  The family lives in Barrio Nuevo, La Herradura.  Danilda would like to go to the university and study accounting.  She is already finished high school, but she has not yet started college because her family cannot afford it.

Danilda is happy because she is taking English classes like previous ESL students who are now out in the workforce using their education to support themselves.  Also, she would like to travel and talk to people from different cultures.  Danilda enjoys meeting new and interesting people.  She has an excellent pronunciation and  works very hard in class to learn the language.

Danilda Mora (18)

Danilda Mora (18)

Children International has, previously, helped Danilda’s family directly.  CI provided them with a bed, her sister has taken computer classes and now Danilda is studying English in the ESL program.  Also, they were able to provide Danilda with dental care and medical assistance.

The family’s home is falling down so they have rented another home where they now live.  Danilda’s parents are unable to work.  Danilda’s oldest sister helps the family to maintain everything that they have and their ability to live.


You can help these worthy students achieve their goals to create a better future for themselves by making a small (or large) gift to our current  Dominican Republic English Tutoring Project .
Every donation makes a difference, even just $1. Thanks in advance for your support!


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  • Sabrina Priebe said:

    Great idea to personalize this project so potential have more sense of connection to those benefiting from their donations. They seem like such wonderful, motivated kids who could accomplish a lot for the world if given the opportunity. Sorry, gotta run, there are some kids who need an educational boost 😉

  • Kristen said:

    Thanks Sabrina! Yes, we were so happy CI sent us a few photos and stories of the kids we are trying to help. Projects are completed much more quickly when you have faces as opposed to abstract numbers. Making progress! 🙂

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