A school for Los Maranitos
The Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for romantic beach vacations and honeymoons. But away from the private beaches of renowned hotels, things are not quite so rosy. Unfortunately, the unequal treatment of girls and women is just as normal as an inadequate education system. Food, medical care, a roof over one’s head: all these things have to be worked hard for here, even in childhood.
Los Maranitos, for example, is a place that urgently needs help. Only 200 people live here in rural surroundings. There is a lack of infrastructure and money, the poverty is great. There is no electricity or running water, but there are around 150 children and young people who deserve a better future.
But how can this be done without education? The next school is two miles walk through rough terrain, at least 45 minutes. When it rains, the distance cannot be covered and the school remains closed. Missing days are therefore quite normal. Furthermore, the public school is closed in June, July, most of August, December and January. Consistent learning is therefore impossible.
“Our” new educational institution will change this in two classrooms, with continuous teaching, a teaching garden and much more. The involvement of families and the community, including a clear commitment and gender-segmented toilets and washrooms, will also provide increased protection and support for daughters, sisters and wives.