The Help Sosua kids go to School Foundation was set up on 27 November 2007 by Sylvia Berkley. The actual activities had already commenced in the second half of 2006.
During her holiday in the Dominican Republic in February 2006, Sylvia saw widespread poverty, children roaming the streets with bare feet,sexual abuse of children by tourists, and other things wrong. After returning to the Netherlands, Sylvia decided to try to help by enabling more poor children to go to school.
Trip report "May 2018" see Trip Reports
The Dominican government is increasingly investing to improve education. Many children can now receive education during a whole the day, whereas previously it was only half a day. However, not all schools are adapted to the new system and there are children, mostly school-going age in remote areas, who still have to do their education for half a day.
In order to achieve better quality in education, newly appointed teachers must take an additional entrance examination. Higher demands are also being made on district administrators in education.
One of the pupils of the Colegio Asher, Amauris is 10 years old, and has a mental disability. He has a mental level of a 5 year old child. After 2 years with a lot of extra lessons and attention to his mental disability, Amauris is progressing enormously with learning and is now very interested in reading.
The sad news reached us that on February 1st a 9-year-old boy, who received a school uniform from the Sosua Kids for years, was killed in a gas explosion. In recent years I have visited the family of this boy a number of times, so I knew him personally.
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