June 9, 2017
My trip to Dominican Republic was highlighted by the visit of Mikael Zayat and myself to Dominica Orphanage. As Mikael helped at the very beginning, some 15 years ago, when I managed with family and friend to buy the 1 acre land and start building 4 classrooms . I ran out of funds so Mikael came to the rescue. And this was the first time he actually saw and experienced all what Dominica manifested for the 515 children now attending the school/orphanage. Very impressive indeed.
It was Mikael Zayat first time since we helped Dominica buy the lot and then build the first 4 classrooms., with 11 classrooms, we also brought lots of essential oils for the children
The children welcomed us by clapping for our arrival. What a FABULOUS WELCOME, we were nearly in tears of joy to realize this would not likely have manifested if not for our helping hands. We later helped for the computer room, a second floor, and kids class rooms in the garden. The orphanage section was from another donor, with a dormitory for some 30 kids and a large dining room that feeds more than 250 children with 3 meals a day when funds are available. They arrive at 6:00 am, get shower and breakfast, then school, lunch and diner before going to a family (teachers or grandparents) offering them a bed (or floor).
There were prayers, with guitars. And children went afterwards to their afternoon classes, or did their homework.
I enjoyed the most the 2 rooms, next to the garden where 100 children in the first and 2nd grade learn and play –a donation from Mr. George. Those rooms were added 2 and 3 years ago. Also the upstairs 4 classrooms, new to me. And a large room upstairs, next to dormitory for activities, singing class, arts, guitars class, English etc All together 512 children attend Dominica orphanage.
Dominica does an incredible job with the limited funds she receives.
Enjoy the photos of the event and hopefully more will be shared by Dominica or Mikael.
You will notice the kids look happy because they have been "rescued" by Dominica (most of their parents did not know how to read or write) and one day will be able to get good job and contribute.
Yes our hearts were filled with love and gratitude. Alleluia.
March 1st, 2017
I am heading to Santo Domingo for one month and hope to visit the orphanage, with Mikael Zayat, who contributed at the very beginning when we first bought the land and built the first 4 classrooms. He is in for a shock at the school and orphanage now thanks to the amazing work and care of Dominica and the miracles produced by all the unsung heroes who cared.
Has Alain received your oils yet? I am totally in need of those oils. The kids are sick specially the group from 2 to 5 years old.
I need you to know that electricity in the orphanage and school was paid only half two months ago. It is getting into three months and we received a call saying that we need to come up with the amount. I don't want it to be cut off as the classrooms get too dark while teachers teach. If you have received funding, please send it to our account...
I have a great feeling that the orphanage/school programs and I will find the divine light and the divine power in this new year 2017. As you can imagine the beginning of the year after Christmas celebration is really tight and we have bills for
Thank you Marie so much from all the children hearts! The oils have been a great medicine for all kind of virus and sickness to all the children and staff here. We kindly hope for you to find a good angel to be
We are happy to tell you that your friends prayed and thought of the children as we begun a great school year 2016-2017! Over 512 students are enrolled this year.
I thank you on behalf of the very little children that still don"t know how to write thank you notes. I thank your City of Joy contributors for helping us with the salary for three teachers as well as responding in time of
November 15 2016
"The real emergencies after the hurricane are somehow handled, BUT WE still NEED TO COVER the children with no food support, and all the bills for the facilities.
Dominica also needs essential oils of immune up, virus and headache out, digestive, Herpex, etc, but I can no longer give them for free as I have for 15 years and my retirement income would not cover. If someone wants to donate to Dominica and the kids, the wish lists come to $1300, after a 25% discount
Dominica is still doing a terrific job for the 3 to 500 children under her care but the needs don’t disappear! So with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, maybe you may remember them*
October 18 2016
Wonderful news from Dominica after Hurricane Mathew. Needs are still huge though Mehdi helped quite a bit.
October 9 & 13, 2016
February - March 2016
1. This is a good time (Thanksgiving) to say that you have been very helpful to our program. Thanks to Mehdi, Pete, Lisa, Donna, Chris, Carole, Ellie, Amir, Ali, & Leanne and many more, for being extremely supportive through difficult time during this year. Thank you so much for being kind to us and taking time for thinking of us. On behalf of all the children and adolescents kisses and many hugs to you and your circle of friends “Dominica”.
2. Someone asked about Our Wish List for this upcoming year. What is on website plus:
- A sponsor to support food for the weekends $ 1100/year
- The extra $$ necessary to support teachers salaries. We are missing now $1600/month
- A transportation Van to pick up food from the market, do chores and transport kids around : $ 22,000 for a second hand one
- And of course old laptops… tablets… CD… vitamins, Shoes and clothes for age 2 to 15
- School and drawing material is always welcome
3. As of now, there is no Christmas plans for the children, as there is no money to pay for it. Dominica is quite concerned as each of the 288 she is responsible for, expect something. We will see if our sponsors will manifest it.
You can DONATE online here
Checks made out to City of Joy Aid ( tax deductible (IRS # 54-156-6941) US non profit (501(C)(3)
Photos show you part of the 488 children Dominica educate this year. She feeds 188 with 1 to 3 meals/day depending of funds.
October 3, 2015
Dearest Marie and Pete,
Hoping this email find you well and blessed! We are all working 24 hours every single day with our kids. At this time 19 out of the 265 children are going through a cold, cough and fever and are all in bed since Saturday. Virus out, a great essential oil created by Marie Allizon, has helped the kids significantly for years.
We want to let you know that we are going through very difficult times right now and maybe You can give us a hand like you have done before. We have no electricity and because of it, no water to run the pump. The women who bathe the very little ones are so tired of carrying buckets from the school to the orphanage.
Other current needs are fill up the storage room with food so we can cover the three meals daily, as at this point the children and the staff who watch the little ones are only getting one meal and a little snack for dinner. In April, the government promised to give us food on a monthly basis but nothing yet. We keep hoping and trust God that it happens real soon.
Also we had to take back 19 of the kids who were in substitute families and put them in the dormitories. The social workers found that those 19 were not well treated. Of course, we need to feed them also.
Many hugs and kisses from all of us down here.
Dominica and the children
Two wonderful volunteers came to the orphanage to cut hair and fix computers for a few days, Christopher Reddmann and Jim Tegge." It was a life changing experience and we cant wait to go back'.
Here are their pictures https://www.flickr.com/photos/130992039@N06/sets/72157650906822307/.
They are planning to go back in December.
Kids need more of this show of love. - Marie
February 20, 2015
I have a new protege; Darson Paniagua, 4.5 years old. His father was killed on the way back from work. His has a brother called Hector Emmanuel.
I am going to be in Santo Domingo in March for 3 weeks and plan to take lots of pictures of those 2 boys, who I am sure would love to have a sponsor. Can you spread the word.?
I think Dorson looks like an ET!!!
Since I am heading to the orphanage next week, I will take many photos and give lots of hugs. Dominica is in dire needs of funds since my main sponsor sold his business and stopped contributing after 8 years of wonderful support. And another steady contributor for Dominica from Canada is retiring at the end of this school year.
So we need some volunteers who will sponsor a child ($50 to $100 depending of the level of support) to help Dominica feed the children. And it is urgent.
Our circle of women in crisis and the kids are all connected via groups of thirty praying for teachers, meals and better daily support for our huge program here. Some teachers and staff have not been paid in months.URGENTLY NEEDED $5000 (five thousand dollars). So I visualize a few good souls to help Dominica pursue her work, instead of putting kids back to the streets because of lack of funds. I count on you. Blessings - Marie
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