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As many of you know, the favorite part of my job with Project
Mañana is to spend time playing with the children in the Dominican Republic. Our favorite game is playing catch in a circle with a soccer ball.
While I could spend all my time doing this, I also need to focus on the serious
responsibility of ensuring that Project Mañana maintains
healthy growth and that we are meeting our core objectives.
So, this week, I have been in our California office "crunching numbers" and creating strategic plans. While going through this process, I actually had to stop, lean back in my chair, and take a sip of my iced coffee. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing.
In less than one year, Project Mañana has experienced 206% growth; going from providing a private education and
nutritious meal for 34 children in September 2010 to 104 children today! AMAZING!
When we officially opened the doors of Project Mañana on September 30, 2010, we knew that we could make a difference in the impoverished Dominican community of La Yaguita de Pastor (a suburb of Santiago). What we didn't know is "how" we would actually make it happen.
Working Together Today For A Better Tomorrow™
Well, thanks God, our many sponsors, friends, and donors, together we are making a HUGE difference in the individual lives of many children!
Please visit Project Mañana's website for more information on how you can partner with Project Mañana; including child sponsorship.
Brian Berman, Founder & President
|Project Mañana's Dominican Team Expands!
With the rapid growth of Project Mañana, we are very excited to announce our newest team member, Ambar Hernandez Peralta.
Ambar has been an instrumental part of Project Mañana since its inception. Working behind the scenes as a volunteer, Ambar was the main coordinator of the recent Project Mañana summer camp. Ambar has also helped to negotiate contracts with food suppliers for Project Mañana's nutrition program and knows each of the Project Mañana children by name.
With her leadership experience and award-winning personality, Ambar has proven herself to be an amazing addition to the Project Mañana team. In her official role as a Project Coordinator, Ambar will work directly with Project Mañana's Executive Director and have responsibilities in all of Project Mañana's programs.
"I am so excited to be part of Project Mañana's team. I have seen things grow from the beginning and can't believe that we are now serving over 100 children,"
Brian Berman, Founder & President of Project Mañana, said "Ambar is truly a blessing to serve with. We are so happy to have her as part of the Project Mañana team!" He continued with, "Although its only recently that Ambar has been officialy hired, she has dedicated countless hours to volunteering
wherever needed to pull the programs together. She truly leads by example! "
Welcome aboard, Ambar!
|1st Day of School for 104 Students
It was a warm Dominican morning (well, actually, very hot and humid) and all through the small community of La Yaguita de Pastor, residences could hear the laughter of 104 children as they made their way to the first day of school.
Each child (many accompanied by their parents) proudly walked down the street in their brand new school uniform (which, prior to this year, they have never had). The traditional Dominican private-school blue button-down shirt was proudly embroidered with the school seal on the chest and Project Mañana's logo on the left sleeve.
As the students entered the school, they were warmly greeting by Juan De Leon (school administrator), their teachers, and Project Mañana's team of coordinators and cooks.
To start the day, each child was treated to a nutritious breakfast (including a multi-vitamin). Afterward, the children scurried off to meet their teachers and fellow classmates.
Prior to the first day of school, students and their parents attended an enrollment orientation where each child received a bag filled with school supplies and textbooks. Thanks to Project Mañana's generous sponsors, this is the first year ever that each child received their very own school supplies and textbook to take home. Prior to this, supplies and textbooks were shared at the school only.
Project Mañana is so
grateful to Juan De Leon, his wife Karol, and the many teachers who have worked SO VERY HARD to provide a better future for each and every child. This day was a true
demonstration of what happens when people from around the world come together and focus on the precious children -- who are our future!
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|Project Mañana Growth Update
Is the hard work really worth it? ABSOLUTELY!
Mañana officially opened its doors on September 30, 2010, there was a mixture of excitement and nervousness. From the start, the Project
Mañana team was focused on doing everything possible to help the impoverished children of the Dominican Republic. However, the questions were:"how would we do it" and "how many children could we really help?"
Through many sleepless nights, prayers, meetings, and, of course, a lot of hard work, we have seen Project
Mañana's programs growth by 206% in less than one year!
In September 2010, there were 34 children enrolled in Project Manana's education and nutrition programs. Today, Project Mañana is changing the lives of 104 children through these same programs!
So, how did we do it?
Simple, this could only be achieved through our faith in God and the generosity of the numerous Project
Mañana sponsors who have understood that Project Mañana is THEIR organization and tool to reaching out to children who need it most.
There are MANY more children in the community (we estimate another 200-300 conservatively) who desperately need education and nutrition. As more and more sponsors join the Project
Mañana team, we will expand the programs to as many children as we can.
Please Help. Sponsor A Child TODAY!
|Project Mañana Seeks International Project Coordinator
Within Project Mañana's short life of nine months, the organization has grown rapidly. We knew from the start that many people shared the same vision and that Project Mañana would be a success -- however, we didn't think it would come this fast!
To keep up with steady growth in the Dominican Republic, Project Mañana is looking to expand our team -- and fill a key international position.
Project Mañana is actively seeking to hire a full-time International Project
Coordinator. This position will be based in the Dominican Republic, with a minimum of six months each year on the island.
The perfect candidate will have the following
Other helpful skills would include, but are not required:
- Excellent project and time management skills
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Be self-motivated
- Have strong leadership skills
- Poses a high level of flexibility and patience
- Have a huge heart for others
- Must be over 18 years of age
This position will report directly to the Executive Director, and will assist the President on
occasion. Fundraising and external support will be required, however Project Mañana will provide housing and a small
stipend -- as well as help with fundraising efforts.
- Speak Spanish
- Have management experience
- Have mission experience
- Have experience with international travel
If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for the International Project Coordinator position, please contact Project Mañana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Connect With Project Mañana's Social Networks
|Did you know that 95% of Project Mañana's supporters stay connected with our efforts online and through electronic communication?
Knowing that, Project Mañana is working hard to deliver information, updates, and news in several areas of social media, including: Facebook, Twitter, and now YouTube!
Please take a minute to visit each of these social sites and "join" or "subscribe" to ensure you receive the latest information and updates on how your partnership is helping to change the lives of children in La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic.
Do you have a social media idea? Please share it with us!
| 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.