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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HAPPY NEW YEAR FELIZ ANO NUEVO
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Trip-report September/October 2017 see "Trip-reports"
The annual vouchers for school uniforms, backpacks and learning resources have again been distributed by the Sosúa Kids Assocation at various locations to disadvantaged children. Michelle Bennett, from the beginning involved with the Sosúa Kids, has come over from Canada each year to help. Since 2006, our Dutch foundation supports this Association.
Colegio Asher 1 of the 25 best schools.
Judith has heard from the Ministry of Education that Colegio Asher belongs to the top 25 schools of the Dominican Republic after the results of recent exams. In total there are approximately 3,500 schools.
Our donors can be proud of the fact that they have contributed to it. Meanwhile, the library of the Colegio grows slowly but steadily with our help.
For a while, the Dutch foundation Color4kids (C4K) and our foundation have worked the same projects in the Dominican Republic, each within their own goal. It concerns a primary school in the suburbs Miramar in Puerto Plata and the Colegio Asher in El Batey de la Union. The C4K brings color to the lives of disadvantaged children and does this by means of murals. Under the guidance of and in collaboration with Carin Steen, specializing in mural paintings, beautiful murals been painted by C4K on the school in Puerto Plata and at Colegio Asher.
Both school leaders chose the theme "Rights of the child" and the students have also contributed by painting a part. Our projects are therefore beautiful colorful in appearance.
It has always been raining extremely hard in recent months. Many roads (including those to Camu) are still unmanageable and it will not be easy to get our things there for the children. Due to lost harvests, food prices have risen sharply, which have most often hit the poorest people.
Judith and Roberto of Colegio Asher are very happy with their third daughter, who was born in March. Judith will soon be able to resume her work so that she can guide students to the exams in June.
After 10 years, our webmaster Eelco Roos has said he no longer wishes to maintain our website. Of course, we are very sorry, but we are very grateful to him for his many years of commitment to and support for our foundation. Finding a new webmaster is a tough job and we are therefore very pleased to have found Robert (www.robidoe.com) who wants to take over Eelco's work. Under his leadership, a renewed website will be launched.