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Issue 3, Vol. 2 March 2011
President's Message
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In our last newsletter, I reported that Project Manana is only 10 children away from having 100% of the children who attend Project Mañana's Private School sponsored! This week, we received pledges from two (2) people who are interested in sponsoring a child. Amen!

Reaching this goal is very important for several reasons: it obviously provides the needed funding to properly run the school, it allows 50 children to receive a private education and nutritious meal five days per week, and most importantly...it allows the opportunity for other children living in the community to enter the sponsorship program and receive a solid education, nutrition, and guidance.

On another front, the Project Mañana team continues to move forward with special programs and classes at the school. These programs include: after-school art classes, after-school baseball, intensive English classes, and even an agricultural program.

Please visit the Project Mañana website for more information.

Working Together Today For A Better Tomorrow™


Brian Berman, Founder & President


Project Mañana Focuses On Nutrition And Health
From its inception, Project Mañana has focused on providing impoverished children with a "better tomorrow". This includes a holistic approach of nutrition, health, education, and guidance. We have realized that before you can feed a child intellectually or spiritually, you must first feed them physically -- and there is great need in La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic.

Project Comida (meaning "food"); which is Project Mañana's core nutrition program, provides a nutritious meal to more than 50 children, 5 days per week. The menu is rotated daily to ensure that each child properly receives nourishment from the four basic food groups. Additionally, Project Mañana is proud to announce that we have partnered with Northwest Natural Products, makers of the L'il Critters Gummy Bear Vitamins™ -- who generously donated 695 bottles to Project Mañana!

Project Manana chose the L'il Critters Gummy Bear Vitamins™ for their unique approach to a fun, delicious, and very nutritious way to offer vitamin supplements to children. From day one, each Project Mañana child anticipates receiving their "treat" after they eat all their food. Some children even ask for extra vitamins to take home for their friends and family -- that's how great these vitamins really are!

Another very important approach to health is teaching proper dental hygiene. The reality is that many Dominican families are forced to choose between purchasing food or hygiene products. In fact, almost 100% of the Project Mañana children have some form of cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease -- all of which are easily avoidable with proper brushing and flossing.

Realizing this, Project Mañana quickly set out to locate dentists who would be willing to partner with Project Mañana to bring the need products and services to the children. Within a few short days (literally), Dr. Edward Chapin, located in Simi Valley, California and his amazing staff generously donated two large boxes of toothpaste. Additionally, other dentists have offered to travel to the Dominican Republic to perform complimentary dental exams and minor treatments. Plans for this trip are currently underway.

You Can Help!

Project Mañana is currently looking for donation of the following items:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Bars of Soap
  • Waterless Hand Sanitizer
  • Cotton Swabs

Should you want to donate any of the above items, or are a doctor, dentist, hygienist, or nurse and want to help the children of the Dominican Republic, please contact Project Mañana right away.

Jandel helps distribute the vitamins

Project Mañana children enjoying vitamins

Donated pallet of 695 bottles of vitamins

Roaldy helps distribute the vitamins

Preschool Students Get A Much-Needed Classroom Door!
During the team visit to Project Mañana's Private School last month, our team noticed that none of the classrooms had doors. When a team member asked Juan D' Leon, the school's administrator, we learned that it was simply due to a lack of funding.

Later that day, when Juan D'Leon was asked what the greatest and most urgent need for the school was, he very humbly responded with, "well...probably a door for the preschool classroom. At times, when the teacher isn't looking, the children walk right out of the classroom."

When Brian Berman, President & Founder of Project Mañana, heard this, he immediately made it his personal mission to equip the school with doors (starting with the preschool classroom).

Using Twitter to reach Project Mañana followers quickly, Brian sent a message asking for people to help purchase doors (a cost of $150 per door) for the school. Within minutes, the first donation was made and that same week, Project Mañana purchased the first door -- installing it on the preschool classroom.

Project Mañana's Private School is still in need of four (4) more doors for the other classrooms -- and we are currently trying to raise money for this project as fast as possible.

If you would like to help by purchasing a door (or 2, 3 or 4), please click here.

Project Mañana Fundraiser - Simi Valley, California - April 4, 2011!

Please PRINT and BRING This Flier to CPK in Simi Valley on April 4, 2011

Project Niños - Child Highlight
Meet Yeraylyn Methiel Polanco Martinez -- a precious preschool student attending preschool at Project Mañana's Private School.

Yeraylyn, like many of the children from La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic has spent her whole life in poverty. Her favorite food is rice and she loves to play. From her radiant smile, you would hardly imagine that sometimes she must rely on the memory of how rice tastes as she goes to bed with an empty stomach and without the necessary nutrients for her developing body. Her small, run-down home is over-crowded with her family and, as one of the youngest children, she is often overlooked.

There is good news! Yeraylyn is enrolled at Project Mañana's Private School, where she is guaranteed a private education and a nutritious meal, 5 days per week.

Additionally, Yeraylyn has been partnered-up with an adult mentor to help guide her through everyday situations, questions, hopes, dreams, and fears.

Yeraylyn is in desperate need of a sponsor and she would love it to be YOU!

Please visit Project Mañana's website to read more about Yeraylyn and the other children in desperate need of sponsorship. You can easily sponsor a child online, by fax, or by mail.

Click Here to Learn More About Sponsoring a Child

 Project Mañana Needs Your Help!
Project Mañana is a non-profit 501(c)3 humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families and communities through nutrition, education, and guidance.

We achieve our goals through charitable donations and child sponsorship, which unites children in need with individual sponsors who wish to address the children's immediate and basic needs. Sponsorship gives poor children the tools and opportunities necessary for success by providing benefits and supporting programs for each child - primarily in the areas of education and nutrition.

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