Every July and school uniforms, backpacks and other supplies are in the shops ready for the start of the new school year in mid-August.  The following photos were taken in Casa Nelson, the Puerto Plata department store which Sosua Kids uses to supply uniforms to the children it supports.

Please make a donation now if you can in order to help us buy some of these uniforms to enable poorer children from the Sosúa area to attend school.  The easy way to do this is to use the “Donate” link on the left of this and other pages.

This tells the stories of a few of the many children we have been able to help.

Carlos

We met and began to help Llon Carlos Hurena with his school things when he went to live with his aunt. His mother had abandoned the family and his despondent father had hung himself. He continues to live with his aunt and her family and continues to do well in school despite the trauma be suffered in his young life.

Esperanza’s Kids

None of these children, as well as a 12 year old brother, Santos {not shown), had ever been to school until Sosúa Kids gave them the opportunity by buying their uniforms and school supplies. There are are also adult children of their mother, Esperanza, (pictured in the doorway, pregnant with another child who subsequently became one of our students), who never had that opportunity  and cannot write their own names. Hopefully they will be the last generation lacking the opportunity to learn.

Francisco

Francisco Almonte of Cabarete was the first university student that we were able to help. Francisco was already enrolled in University in Santo Domingo when it was brought to our attention that he was a promising medical student on the verge of giving up his studies due to economic stress. We began giving monthly financial  support to Francisco in the summer of 2007. His mother, a public school teacher, does what she can, but she is a single parent with 3 other children at home. Francisco has transferred to the Universidad Tecologicia de Santiago to be closer to home. He is now in his 4th year of university.

Jonatan

Jonatan’s mother had abandoned him with his grandmother who was doing her best to raise him. Not too long after this picture was taken the grandmother stepped on a nail and was dead a month later of the infection. Jonatan went to live with his aunt, Fredi. She and her husband were very poor but with them both working, she cleaning and he as a “motorcochito” (motorcycle taxi) they were getting by and raising their several children. Shortly after Jonatan joined them the husband was killed in a motorcycle accident. Two of Fredi’s children were enrolled in the Sosúa Kids program joining their cousin Jonatan. Today Jonatan has finished school and is working. His place on the Sosúa kids list has been filled by Fredi’s five year old grandchild that she is now raising.

 

Jodania Duran

Jodania had a rough start in life. Soon after her birth, her father, a Sosua policeman, had a massive heart attack and died. Her mother was awarded a pension of RD$1000.00 monthly, about $22 US dollars. She has to travel to Santo Doming to receive this pension, a four hour trip.

Jodania had been born with an exceptionally large soft spot on her head, more of a long funnel from front to back, and unlike  with other infants it was not closing in a timely manner.

When Jodania was around two years old her situation was brought to the attention of a member of Sosua Kids who assisted the family in receiving help from Cure, a hospital in  Santo Domingospecializing in orthopaedic problems of children at nominal fees.  Jodania was monitored for the next several years. Her soft spot finally closed naturally, and she was spared surgery.

Jodania is a beautiful first grader and a Sosua kid.

 

Maria Virgen Martinez 

 

Maria Virgen, who is now 13 years old, is one of 5 children. Her parents eke out a living from a tiny Colmado in La Cienaga, Cabarete.

About 4 years ago she was diagnosed with a malignant tumour.  Her parents were told that her operation and chemotherapy treatments would cost hundreds of thousands of pesos. Her father, Moreno, despite the odds against finding the money for her treatments, didn’t give up. He was tireless in soliciting money to save his daughter.There were collections and raffles to raise money by the church, by the employees of Coconut Palms Hotel (where her father had worked as a watchman), with many others donating to help her cause. They managed to raise the money.

She was operated and received her treatments. We were told by her mother that the other children in her group receiving Chemotherapy were not saved. She is the sole survivor.

The family is now in debt and there is the expense of frequent visits for checkups at the medical centre in Santiago., but Maria Virgen is alive.  She, along with one of her brothers is a Sosua Kid.

 

These are just a few of the many, many children whom we have helped in the last few years to receive an education which they would otherwise have missed.  Please help usto continue helping such children.

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