6th: More and more volunteers contact us to help
Dominica and the children. Dominica appreciate A LOT those
helpers as she does not feel alone doing the work. I just sent
6 suitcases = 300 lbs Shoes, towels, garbage bags and
medicine and essential oils were a hit. Here is what Dominica
had to say:
"We just received the bags of
clothing, shoes and medicines. As soon as Armando
arrived from Punta Cana, all the children were very anxious
to see their clothes!!!!! Few of them got teddy bears and
few toys for girls. You have always made the kids so happy.
Athenas got her birthday cds and she is just jumping of
joy. Tomorrow few of the kids that were not going to the
school because of lack of shoes will go back to class!!
Thank you deeply for being aware of our needs here. In
God´s service, Dominica"
1st, 2009:I just made it back and have lots of pictures to
edit (3 to 400). So please be patient. Kids are in good shape
Allana and her group of 16 volunteers just did
an amazing job with water (coming from a well now, no more
expensive trucks coming 2/3 times a week), the new gas tank
upstairs is functioning - no more trips twice a week to get a
new portable gas tank); new earth in the park/garden so
vegetables could be planted; new ceramic project; some kind of
credit so women in crisis can work on their own project; new
trash area, separate from the kids playground, etc. etc. Bravo
Allana and your group.
I took 3 + 4 children for a week each to the
hotel, + 4 days at Jean and PB for a fabulous new year
celebration, + 9 kids for one day .
at the beach (see the ones left behind!) and
the fun for the 9 we took
Magical Allana is working on many projects
with her team of 16: from current water from a well to gas
tank installed upstairs to save time and $$ with cooking.
Financial help is definitely needed. Just updated the wish
for some photos click here:
More to come soon - Marie
Dominica and Patrizia
with Keith, a caring visitor, in December and Nikos and his
December 8, 2008 : Dominica
and the children send their gratitude:
the whole year, many prayers and thoughts were sent to
the year 2008 pretty close to an end, our mouth need to
open to thank all of you for your magnificence and timely
support you gave us when we needed you.
large program including the orphanage, the school, the
Social Plan children from the community, the Circle
of Women in Crisis, and the humble and homeless people
from the community who come to this place looking for
hope, all of them want to thank you very deeply. We
all want you to be aware of the love that we all carry in
our souls, because you make us feel like part of your
family, part of your hearts.
will continue praying and working hard for your good
health and for the love, funds and encouragement you
give us. They allow us to keep working with our young
children, and adolescents. as they learn and feed
their bodies day by day.
your new year support, we will continue emphasizing
academic rigor in all areas. We all know that the best
opportunity we can give to this group of humble
Dominican children is to achieve a good education that can
change their own lives and allow them to expand their
principles and values in the community and the dominican
society. We need more values, more respect, more people
willing to give back what they have learned and received
again, our students were recognized in the school district
--and the first school period is not yet finished--. Our
orphanage and school did not participate in the English
Song Festival as they chose to give this opportunity to
another school. They asked me though to be one of the
judge with one of my college student.
ask them to write about their compromises (challenges?)
for next year and many of them wrote that if it were not
for this Oasis, (the school and the orphanage) and for the
angels who are sustaining us with prayers and funds, they
would not be alive and feeling God in their hearts.
So on behalf of our children, please accept our deepest
November 11, 2008: Accomplishments in
2008 and Urgent Needs for next year
2008, the biggest efforts and rewards were around the new
dormitories now hosting 56 new children desperately in need
of a home: a fantastic cooperation between the donors -
mainly Blue House Effect and Jean Dye and their supporters.
See the pictures on the web of those happy faces who moved in
a very necessary multi-room where children do home work,
computer classes, music, and are able to meet.
A wonderful six week visit to MD by 7 from the orphanage.
Those are never going to be the same!
The park turned into a garden to feed the children: 9
eggs/day; bananas, zuccini and melons, tomatoes etc
A dining room back, as classes are limited to the school side
and this room is mainly reserved for the orphans and the
Taking care of 77 + children thanks to all the donors.
And Dominica who works 24x7 so the children have a
chance to study and be fed etc.
Pierantoni is back!!! Teaching English, working on the
curriculum for the older children and being a true right hand
A cemented ground so Kids can stay cleaner longer!
Dominica's 6 most urgent needs
$5,000 /month to feed and take care of the kids on a
regular basis. They just lost a major food contributor and
Jean and Don (who assumed this donation since July) are not
sure if they can find commitments to support the
orphans for 2009! I told Dominica to stop giving
chicken, fruits, etc and go back to rice and beans only.
And no Christmas dinner is planned at this time as there are
too many bills to catch up with.
B. The water
project $2600 need $1600 or more for the pump and the well, so
Dominica has unlimited water to bathe the children, wash their
clothes and cook their food.
installation of a big propane gas upstairs (for safety) and
cheaper in the long run as the current set up lasts only for a
week . This system will last 2.5 to 3 months.
D. Buy an
industrial stove (Allana group bought new burners), but the
problem is the stove and there is a need need for an
industrial stove About $1,000.
A commitment for $450/month for telephone and electricity.
There are 3 telephones disconnected right now because 2 months
are due = $600 or so. Also staff taking care of orphans
are at least 2 months behind.
F. Down payment for a
newer jeep as the current one is 10 years old and often in the
we need donors and magicians to help her and the 77
children. Thank You!
October 22: What happened to the older
children Dominica raised?!?!
Dominica explains: "Everything
goes under daily plan, and we just trust so much our Heavenly
Father and welcome him to be permanent in our life and
to give us the strength, love and capacity to do his work here
in the orphanage. Is it possible to send us funds for last
month urgent needs like bread (the owner stopped delivering
last week, until we pay the last bill), the garbage,
the telephone will be disconnected. The truck to put water
into the cistern, made six different trips, with three trucks
each. Nice man, but asking for his money. Also four staff
person expecting their September salary.
The funds under
monthly basis received from Don and
Jeannie go to feed the children. It
does not include fruits. The higher cost here in the orphanage
is to feed the children, but we also need $$ to have
everything cleaned, washed. Our orphans are treated like
real children but the costs are much more expensive than our
The rent of the house where I live has
two months behind now. The electricity in my place, isn't paid
either. I had to take my small salary and an advance to
a company for installing a well, which is an emergency
so we stop buying those expensive truckloads of water.
When the well is in place, we will have our own water and will
be able to share with our close community if they need
it. This water will be good for cooking, cleaning, bathrooms,
washing the clothes and uniforms, but not for drinking.
cost of this well is $2600. The company comes, digs a deep
hole until they find water. It should take one day to dig the
hole and install the pomp which will solve a very
difficult and costly situation. The regular water from the
government is a real lottery.
I am using two addresses
to receive emails. I think firstname.lastname@example.org is not working
correctly or i need to pay it. Please send to this new
and send it to the old ones as well.
I am so proud of our children David,
7, is a good leader; he is assisting many of the younger
children. Erika, 8,
is one of the best disciplined children and helping as
well. Pena Gomez (= Junior), 13,
is responsible to clean the whole area of the new
park and the side of the school, on Saturday and Sunday. He
needs to broom all the area. Antonio.
16. is responsible to clean the
dormitories, fix all the beds, sweep the floors, the bathrooms
and the whole area, just on the weekend.
Armando is in charge of maintaining the
jeeps, and giving some assistance to the computers and
equipment for the Art and Cultural classes twice a week.
Very soon Armando is going to organize short videos in CD
format for the orphanage and school to pass to you and the
donors, so they can have an idea of who we are. Antonio and
few of the older children are part of the team. Julissa,
16, is working every afternoon with homework given by the
teachers. Also she sleeps two nights of the weekend replacing
the women sleeping in during the week. Athenas, Justin and
Cheitania, 11, are working really hard around the dining
room and the meals, cleaning all the time to keep away
the flies. Making sure the little kids are getting well
Paola Patricia, 14, (in green) is
working with special children in the afternoon who have
learning difficulties and following the psychologist's
recommendations; who is coming twice a week now. Also she is
feeding the babies who drink bottle milk, making sure that
they all do. Rosanna, 16, is now, a good
supervisor to make sure that everyone is doing their work,
including the women that are under monthly salary. Rosanna
will be a good leader and she has all the keys to assist and
take care of the items that we have in the storage room.
Yeli, 16, is teaching in the morning with grade first,
she is my assistant. I am the one behind Yeli and mark the
needs of each one of the kids in first grade. I plan the
curriculum so she can follow it. Mairenis, 17, is
following the 6th grade curriculum and working with this
group of children. She is an excellent teacher and is
putting all her energy to teach this group of children.
Stephanie Martin, 16, is working with the curriculum of
Kinder Garden children. Giving these children just what they
I am so proud of them, Marie! They multiply the work
I can do so we can meet our mission goals. They are passing on
and giving back what they received, just like me! I knew that
it was possible, if I give all my time and efforts, like I
received when I was growing up in the old orphanage, giving a
few hours as well.
you and all the dedicated sponsors for allowing all this
to happen. You have pushed our ministry to be a true one and
able to serve the special children of the Universe. the
orphans, the abandoned and bitten ones. They will always love
you here on Earth and in Heaven. Blessings,
in red photo of latest who joined, Adrian,
locked in all day while his father worked!
And Thank you
LeAnne for the fundraising you just did in your Maine
restaurant. As always it came just in time of urgent needs
to be addressed so we could continue taking care of the little
ones. Thank YOU to the hundreds of your clients who made it
21: "Dear Marie, I spoke to you in August about the money
my son Michael,15, raised for the Dominica Orphanage. In
his 9th grade social studies class he was asked to find a way
to help someone in need outside of the United States. He
selected the orphanage in Santa Domingo in honor of Davis
Ortiz who plays baseball for the Boston Red Sox and because he
wanted to help needy children. He contacted a family friend,
who donated 2 Red Sox tickets that he raffled off to students
and staff at his school. And here is a photo of Michael
Bilynsky with the $350.00. that he raised." -
September 22: Thank you Ali and Celine for
your timely help. Even though many of the children got
conjunctivitis and other skin problems after all the rain in
the island, Marie's oils like. Virus-out, Tiger,
Immune Up and Mosquito out have helped the
children really well.
September 15: Update on the hurricanes -
"I had to borrow US$2,100 to pay for the
emergencies caused by the hurricanes and storms: water, food
and medicines as I opened the doors to a group of women living
in the shanties.
May I remind you that I am still paying the
interests for the $10,000 check that I cashed from a donor and
spent in March. But the check bounced and the bank wants its
The orphanage with the 54 children at
this point are all well and having three meals and two snacks
We are trying to do our best feeding the little
children. At night there are two women plus two of our
orphan girls that sleep with them for the nights.
Most of these children are between 2 and 6 years old with
babies. Milk is very needed most of the time. Pampers as well.
As far as our children in the middle school who are
on our Social Plan, they come half of the day and few gather
for breakfast and lunch. They all require our help every
single day as they are the poor and needy children of this
community, though we rescued children from different
provinces of the island who were roaming the streets
for a safe place.
kids two years and older are attending classes in the morning
and they really love to be involved in their Pre- School
the first time. I would like to invite all of our friends
to come and take a look at the major improvements
provide now for the benefit of these young souls. We are
calling upon all the supporters who in one way or another
been helping us in the past. Their love and
financial support show in every corner of the orphanage as we
donations in the education and health
of the children.
We ask and pray for continued support
for this wonderful cause. If it were not for you, our Angels,
many of this things wouldn't
be possible Marie. You
and they know who they are. The grace of our Divine God, will
re-pay them back with happiness,
and health. Thank you again for being our "mouth"
and able us to improve lives of the little ones here in the
Much blessings, Dominica"
September 6: Hurricane season started.
Please pray. Here is what Dominica just sent:
"Dear Marie, Thank you for thinking of us
just as first hurricane hit us. I need to get prepared with
water and blankets, for my children and the
people from the Cry of La Urena who live in the shanties.
These are the group
that the major office told us to
protect and provide safety for. The public school gives
shelter to many people stranded and all the few strong
buildings need to open their doors and protect against
I am planning to use your funds for the
emergencies caused during and after those hurricanes.
I am able to send this email with a
small battery that I still have in the computer. We lost all
including uncharged inverters,
and cell-phones etc.. Electricity
usually gets back after a month. Many
things are out of
service for a month or more. If
you and your friends could first pray for the island,
it has a lot of possibilities and
God watches over us.
Pray with your circle of friends please. Thank you.
are getting everything prepared like taking down some of the
things that can get blown away (the winds have
horrendous and the shade and post flew away with the rain four
days ago). I am giving special attention
of the kids that are in Athenas's room to spend two days in my
house. I will write to you, if I can charge
computer battery in some place. Thank You for your
timely support. Blessings, Dominica".
1, 2008: Another school year started
today with 250 children enrolled. One class less because of
lack of room so the 20
students go to a different school (8 are covered by the
Florida church and Junior = Peno goes to a private school
thanks to his new sponsor). There are 2 classrooms operating
with the orphans living there out of the dining room. (instead
of 4 last year). Dominica is thrilled because Allana
manifested an inverter for the orphanage side and Jean Dye's
friends took care of making patio covered in cement for
both the orphanage and the school side. Niko's picture,
this is why Dominica work so hard.
the biggest concern is paying for the 8 teachers and helpers
taking care of the little ones. The $2500/month she receives
from Jean Dye's friend is covering the food and emergencies,
but NOT the extra staff those children need 24/7. She told me
the 51 new orphans are now trained and well behaved.
July 22: Message from Connie for the Michigan
"We rode home
in 2 separate cars with my husband, Russ, driving one vehicle
and his friend Mike driving the other one. We talked their
ears off the entire 3 hour drive home. Thank you so much again
for your lovely hearts, your hospitality, your beautiful God
centered ministry and for sharing all of the lovely children
with us! I have been praying where God may like me to move and
get involved next. I will continue to pray for each of you,
the children, the staff and the community.
continue to keep me informed of the immediate and ongoing
needs of the orphanage and I will continue to seek God's will
and where I may fit into the picture to assist you in your
ministry. I love you both! You are amazing women of God!
Dominica, continue to follow Christ with your
strong amazing faith! In Christ alone is our strength!"
Here are a few pictures of what is happening this week. A
Mission Team of seven from Michigan who found us through your
Web page, is sharing such delightful and cheerful moments
with all our children, who will keep in their memories for a
long time. The children love all these tender and bright
faces when they stare up and hold them in their arms. This
group remind me the history of Jesus Christ living here on
Earth. Every time when we receive these special beings here in
the orphanage, it gives us a lot of strength and hope to
continue God's work. They are talking about coming
twice a year and it just make us extremely blessed!
you dear Connie, (the leader) Mama Evie, Miss Josie, Dawn,
Lorrie, Eddie and Raquel.
the completion of the new dorm and life skill center, God
bless the two TRUE ANGELS Jeannie Dye and Allana Rose and
their contributors, as many children now have a REAL home,
where they are completely secure. Now I do not have to
worry about hurricanes or storms!! Please know that this
facility will be a safe haven for many orphans and
under-priviledged children, and for the future
generations who will benefit of good
values, respect, wisdom and being raised with
discipline in the love of Papa Dios.
Celine just got married in Provence. Instead
of presents, she asked her friends to donate to Dominica. What
a fabulous idea. The total collected is 3,000 euros!!! Bravo.
I have friends here too who write a check for Dominica instead
of buying a presents for their friends. Lets spread this
Another group of 7
from Michigan just arrived for 10 days to help and teach the
New beautiful dormitories opened June 26!
dream for 4 years to be able to rescue the children at risk
was accomplished. Thanks to the contribution of Allana and the
Blue House Effect from Canada who have been with Dominica for
10 years at least. They are coming in August and will have a
nice shock to see the happy faces sleeping in now. Dominica
has 5 people taking care of the 50+ children, Roxanne, 14, and
her sister are doing a fabulous job. She was raised by
Dominica. We need another washing machine and an inverter as
this side does not have electricity which is open lacking
still. Cost with batteries about $1500.
Click on photos and Dormitories to see lots of
pictures of the kids and their new surroundings. They are so
happy, as they feel secure for the first time in their lives.
And Multipurpose Room too
was a joint effort to support the groundwork which Allana and
the Blue House Effect began with the second floor project.
Donations from the newly organized Dominica Orphanage and
School, Inc., in Fort Myers, Florida, contributed
$30,000 toward the finishing of the orphanage dormitory and
multi-purpose room. Jean Dye indicated what a
pleasure it was to work together with the Blue House Effort to
accomplish the goals set out to house and feed these sixty
children who now have a bed in which to sleep. It is so
good that organizations can work together with a common goal
to support children and their needs.
28: The 5 children are home safely. I am heading there
so you will have photos. the 5 youngsters here had a ball.
They had red carpet everywhere they went. A big thank you to
the host families and Maurice who organized it all. The
families are now there for 9 days of teaching and sharing. The
12 teachers and parents helped and taught. 2 teenagers had a
real hard time to readjust to their surroundings.
6: I went to the Signing Ceremony linking Dominica School and
Orphanage to James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro,
MD. I was very impressed by the amount of work involved to
make this happen. Paola Santos, 14 spoke for Dominica in
perfect English. The children were very much honored and
appreciated it immensely. See the pictures.
Here is the
talk I prepared about Dominica. We seem to forget how
unbelievable she is and the work she continues to do 24x7!
Above the 6 lucky one!
and 10 years old, Dominica started to teach other
As orphanage closed, kids went back to the street
and Dominica, invited by the Rotary Club studied 4 years at
Kean's University in PA to get her BA in bilingual Education.
The idea was, for me to learn and be
educated in the States in order to bring hope and give back
what I received, to all my brothers and sisters living in
another world. Years later, while working for the orphanage,
she also managed to work on her master in
Psychology in Santo Domingo. Maurice Kingle to right who
planned it all.
In 1994, her brother asked for her help as he took in a dozen
orphans from the street. She immediately started a school
1995, I met Dominica and promised to help.
In 1999 My
family and friends bought the land., then built the walls
2000, we started the foundation of the school
In 2002, we
opened the 5 classroom school where now 325 children attend
2003, we opened the computer room Paola in green delivered
2005 Dominica was invited by the vice president of her country
to find out HOW she produced the best students of the
In 2006, Dominica School was ranked as No 4 in her
school district, after 3 catholic schools (and plenty of
In 2007, Dominica School and Orphanage was ranked No 1
over 400 schools in her district<<Lizardo & Delgado
to right, Emmanuel and with Peno/Jr. below.
year, she received a big REWARD for good work as a private
school. The Minister of Education said: "We need 10 more
Dominica Rosario on the island!!"
Allana built again dormitories. We now need 4 more classrooms
29: Great news as 5 children are here in MD with teacher
Delgado for a month but Dominica's visa was not granted.
Embassy considered that it was not necessary for me to attend
the signing ceremony. They already granted a visa
to our teacher who is already there, and did not consider it
an emergency and I should have applied the first time
Sorry to miss your open house on June 7th and
meet all our loyal sponsors.
things are not well. As you know, there are many problems to
solve to function properly and allow the daily routine to keep
on going for the whole orphanage and school. As I always
say, it is so difficult to keep the program running without a
stable amount of funds coming every month. This is
an organization like everyone else and people do not realize
it. I have a staff of 19 and a large group of
children and adolescents who constantly have needs. I have to
deal with maintenance, food, and drinkable water costs, and
the foster families hosting so many of our children also
requests $$$ for food etc..
are many people and organizations that know us and
represent us in different places and it would be very helpful
could count on them to help with contributions every
month. If they were like City of Joy or Blue
House Effect, we would
experience those difficult end of the month needs. We
were able to pay severance pay to 3 employees we had to let go
3 years of service, buy food for 2 months and pay
urgent bills thanks to Mr. George's friends. THANK YOU! kids
waiting for dormitories to open
will be sending you the cost per child and per month of each
lucky child going to the new dormitories. We should have
the $$$ to
cover these costs before they arrive in June or
July so we know we can take care of those little kids 24 hours
this is enough for now and in the meantime, we keep
up working hard and dealing with all the responsibilities
soon we receive steady donations to help us
plan better. We pray and hope that more people hear about our
needs. Thanks Marie,