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Issue 10, Vol. 1 October 2011
President's Message
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As summer officially came to a close, and we now prepare for the rainy season in the Dominican Republic, I took some time to reflect. Project Mañana International has officially completed it's first year anniversary (on September 30, 2011). What a blessing!!

Since our humble beginnings just one year ago, we dreamt that someday Project Mañana, through a team of sponsors and partners, would make a huge difference in the lives of the children of La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic. Well, that dream is coming true!!

Just a couple weeks ago, the Dominican-based Project Mañana team enjoyed an afternoon of celebration as they reflected on Project Mañana's anniversary. They enjoyed cake and posted signs on the walls of the private school that read, "Happy First Anniversary Project Mañana!"

Today, Project Mañana has a Dominican-based team of 9 full-time staff (including teachers) and is serving 115 children ages 4-13!

Please visit Project Mañana's website for more information on how you can partner with Project Mañana; including child sponsorship. Working Together Today For A Better Tomorrow™


Brian Berman, Founder & President


PRESS RELEASE: Project Mañana Celebrates Its First Anniversary!

Date: September 29, 2011
Contact: Brian Berman
Phone: (800) 471-2343
Email: info@projectmanana.org

Simi Valley Nonprofit Celebrates First Anniversary
Providing Help To Impoverished Children In The Dominican Republic!

Simi Valley, CA – On September 30, 2010, after several years of preparation, Project Mañana International officially opened its doors to help impoverished children living in the Dominican Republic. Project Mañana's mission is simple...to provide a private education, nutritious meal, and guidance to children who need it most.

From its humble beginnings in 2010, Project Mañana was able to provide a nutritious meal to 34 children, five days per week. During that time, fundraising efforts were underway to prepare for the 2011/2012 school year; where the goal was to offer a private education without a costly monthly tuition. Project Mañana, through its child sponsorship program, pays for 80 percent of the student's tuition; while teaching accountability to families who are responsible for the remaining 20 percent (about $2.25 US dollars).

Read The Full Press Release ()

"Happy First Anniversary Project Mañana"


Cigar/Wine Event A Huge Success For Project Mañana!

On September 17-18, 2011, more than 250 people gathered together in the beautiful wine country of Central California for the 3rd Annual Crush and Roll Festival. This two-day celebration was filled with beautiful weather, great food, fun vendors, boutique wines, and hand-made cigars (many of which were produced in the Dominican Republic).

Earlier this year, Project Mañana was named Crush and Roll's 2011 charity of the year. Throughout the festival, raffles, live auctions, and various other fundraisers took place -- all for the benefit of the children in La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic.

There was a large presences of Project Mañana sponsors who attended the event, including: John & Karen Lindsey (John won the poker tournament!), Michael Crupi, David "Doc" Diaz, Andy Sharfman, DonJuan Gross, Lou & Erika Rodriguez, Frank Herrera, Elissa Noyes, and many others!

All said and done, Crush and Roll presented a check to Project Mañana in excess of $3,500!

Those funds were used to provide 10 children with:

  •  A full year of private school
  •  A full year of nutritious meals & multi-vitamin (5 days per week)
  •  School Uniform
  •  School Supplies
  •  Text Books
  •  Partnership with an adult mentor for guidance and counseling

And, just last week, Crush and Roll announced that Project Mañana will be the benefiting charity for 2012!

John Lindsey collecting is gift basket

Crush and Roll 2011

Live Auction

Michael Crupi playing poker

Christina & Bruce (organizers) with friends

Lou Rodriguez Cigars

Raffle Winners!

Nebraska Berman hangs the banner

Project Mañana Children Receive Cards From Their Sponsors

At Project Mañana, we feel it's of utmost importance for sponsors to be able to build a relationship with the child they sponsor. It's these relationships that provide the children with hope, friendship, and a feeling of unmatched love.

Part of this relationship process is the ability to communicate directly with your child. Project Mañana encourages sponsors to send greeting cards, a small gift, family photos, or anything else you would like to share. And, Project Mañana will do all the work to ensure your package arrives safely to your sponsored child!

If you would like to send something to your sponsored child, you can mail it to:

Project Mañana International
ATTN: [Child's Name & ID #]
5105 E. Los Angeles Ave, Suite 155A
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Shipments to the Dominican Republic take time. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your package.

Carelyn Rodriguez holds a
card from the Castaneda family!

Emmanuel Espinal holds a
card from the Lindsey family!

Marleny Messon holds a
card from Jessica Fleurimond!

Project Mañana Growth Update
Last month we reported the amazing 206% growth in Project Mañana's core programs. This month, we are again humbled to report we have grown even more!

Project Mañana, through the generous partnership of many sponsors across the United States, is now providing education, nutritious meals 5-days per week, and guidance to 115 children in the Dominican Republic! That's an astounding 238% growth in our first year of service!

The growth is a true testament to the hard work of the Dominican-based Project Mañana team and the many sponsors who have made it their mission to help provide a Better Tomorrow for the children of La Yaguita de Pastor, Dominican Republic!

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 characteristics:
  • 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
Other helpful skills would include, but are not required:
  • Speak Spanish
  • Have management experience
  • Have mission experience
  • Have experience with international travel
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.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for the International Project Coordinator position, please contact Project Mañana at info@projectmanana.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.

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