became a formally recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2002, but the groundwork was laid in 1995 when a group of Dartmouth students came down for a semester to volunteer in the two Cabarete public schools. With the help of local and foreign supporters, DREAM began building classrooms, libraries, computer labs and modern bathrooms in the local schools. Tourists began to bring down books and school supplies and contributed computers and funds to operate our then small programs. The word got out and increasing numbers of student volunteers began coming down for a year at a time. DREAM then moved on to building entire new schools, greatly expanding our reach.
DREAM has since grown into a major success run by a paid local staff of more than 40 Dominicans, four expatriates and numerous volunteers from all over the globe. Every year, DREAM helps more than 4,500 children receive a better education through its 14 programs in 15 different communities, affecting the lives of over 7,000 community members. DREAM’s programs focus on early childhood education, high quality primary education, holistic youth development, and arts, culture and community enrichment.
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Philosophy and Guiding Principles
Involving the DREAM communities in their schools and our DREAM volunteers in the communities is essential to ensuring a sustainable, lasting impact. We build and run schools together with communities; we establish quality educational programs, and we stay and work with the communities until they are willing and able to do it on their own. This is what sets us apart from other organizations.
We give the children in our schools dignity because we believe in them and we aspire to give them the same opportunities as our own children. We contribute to a more peaceful world by bringing together different cultures and nationalities. We offer the hope of a better quality of life for present and future generations of Dominican children by greatly improving their educational opportunities.
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