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Project Mañana International
Issue 2, Vol. 1
 Serving In The Dominican Republic 
February 2015
News From Project Mañana!
Project Mañana's Staff Goes to Prison (And, Now In 5 Locations)
Prison Project
Inmate Graduates of the Institute for Authentic Manhood™
You may be aware that Project Mañana's mission is to share the gospel and break the cycle of poverty. However, what you may not know is that one of the most effective ways we do this is by working with inmates through our Prison Project.

We truly believe that prison should be a place of rehabilitation, and that God has called us to love all people -- including those who are incarcerated.

Changing an inmate's heart is the first step in creating a productive and rehabilitated member of society. The Prison Project provides inmates with a first-hand experience of God's love through discipleship workshops.

The Prison Project was started nearly six years ago by a local Dominican pastor named William Gomez. In 2012, Project Mañana created the Institute for Authentic Manhood™ and named Gomez as its national director.

Today, Project Mañana's Institute for Authentic Manhood™ is operating in five (5) maximum-security prisons throughout the Dominican Republic: Rafey (Santiago), Moca, La Vega, Nayajo (San Cristobal), and Puerta Plata. In June 2015, Project Mañana will begin work in its sixth location (stay tuned for more information in future newsletters).

The Institute for Authentic Manhood™ operates much like a college campus and Project Mañana adds/updates its course offerings, as needed. Currently, there are two courses offered to inmates: Men's Fraternity™: Quest for Authentic Manhood by Dr. Robert Lewis and Malachi Dads by Awana Lifeline. Project Mañana is very grateful for the partnership with Dr. Lewis and Awana Lifeline.

Since 2009...
  • Over 1,539 inmates have graduated from the program
  • 111 inmates enrolled in the program have been baptized inside the prison
  • 356 inmates have been released and only two (2) have returned
  • 5 inmates have started churches (or are leaders in a church) after release
Since 2012...

Judges have mandated inmates seeking parole to attend Project Mañana’s Institute For Authentic Manhood™, regardless of the amount of time served, before being liberated

In November 2013...

The Dominican Department of Corrections deemed Project Mañana’s Institute For Authentic Manhood™ as the "most effective program offered inside the prisons at 1) changing inmate behavior and 2) lowering the recidivism rate". As a result, Project Mañana has been granted access to operate in all new-model prisons, nationwide.

Learn More and Get Involved

If you would like more information about Project Mañana's Prison Project, the Institute for Authentic Manhood™, or how you can be involved, please visit the "Prison Project" section of our website.
Project Mañana Hosts Slagle & Fisher Families
Slagle & Fisher Families
Slagle & Fisher Families
On January 31st Project Mañana was honored to receive the Slagle and Fisher families who spent a week in the Dominican Republic serving alongside Project Mañana's team.

During the action-packed week, the two families helped with several different projects and participated in a variety of activities including: a special worship service (further details below), a children’s activity, encouraged men enrolled in the Institute for Authentic Manhood™ at the Rafey prison in Santiago, distributed water filters, and strengthened relationships with their sponsored children.

"This was one of the most impactful weeks of my life. I came here to serve the Dominican people and I'm leaving feeling like I was the one who received all the blessings," said Geoff Slagle.

Project Mañana would sincerely like to thank both of these families for the physical help they provided this week -- and for the support they provide throughout the year.

Please continue to pray for the Fisher family as they raise support and make preparations to move to the Dominican Republic and join the Project Mañana staff full-time.
Project Mañana Hosts Cross-Cultural Worship Service
Worship Service
Stephanie Slagle singing at the worship service
On February 1st, Dominican and American cultures came together for a very special worship service in San Pablo, Villa González.

The Sunday evening service was held in the temporary nutrition center and included special dance performances, songs from both American and Dominicans, and inspiring messages from Kip Fisher and Geoff Slagle.

With nearly 100 people in attendance, the building was packed and the crowd spilled outside with standing room only.

"I think it's important to bring the two cultures together [Americans and Dominicans], as we can always learn something new from each other. It's also amazing to see how much we really have in common, too!" said Brian Berman, president of Project Mañana.

If you would like more information on how you can visit the Dominican Republic and serve with Project Mañana, please visit the "Trips" section of our website.
Project Mañana Completes School Expansion
School Expansion
School Expansion (view from back of school)

Project Mañana's private school opened it’s doors in September 2014 and began providing a private education to 64 impoverished and at-risk children (PreK-3rd Grade).

"It's absolutely awe-inspiring to walk up the street towards the bright orange school building on any day of the week and hear the murmur of children learning. On the surface this sounds like a small thing, but just months before the 64 children who now attend Project Mañana's private school spent their days running through the streets with nothing to do and no future. Now, they sit in class - each day - and learn math, reading, Spanish, English, and most important the Bible." said Nick Hartsfield, general manager of Project Mañana.

From the moment the school opened, our goal was to continue to expand until Project Mañana offered a full range of classes from PreK through High School. Today, we are happy to announce that we are one step closer with the recent completion of a building expansion.

The school now offers two additional classrooms, a cafeteria, two administrative offices, and two bathrooms!

With the additional space, Project Mañana is ready to accommodate 150 students; which will more than double the amount of students served in the 2015/2016 school year.

Please help us provide an education to more children...

While the physical structure is now ready to accommodate more students, we still need to raise addition funds to hire more teachers. We also need to provide uniforms, textbooks, and school supplies to the students.

Would you please consider sponsoring a child (sponsorship starts at less than $1 per day), or making a financial gift to help provide an education to the nearly 800 children of San Pablo who desperately want to achieve their dreams and break the cycle of poverty.

Phase 2 of the Hope Center Building Project is Funded!
Phase 3: Hope Center Building Project

On November 24th, we kicked off Phase 2 of a campaign to raise $10,000 in 30 days for the new Project Mañana Hope Center.

We are pleased to announce that this campaign was successful and we were able to reach the $10,000 goal thanks to your generous giving.

This puts us one step closer to completing the Hope Center building project; which will offer more space to provide a nutritious meal and clean water to the hundreds of children in San Pablo that still need our help.

While completing Phase 2 is extremely exciting and a huge accomplishment, we must keep moving.

Phase 3 is now underway and our next goal is $20,000 in 60 days (by February 28, 2015). Get the word out to your family and friends and let’s put Phase 3 behind us also.

We need YOUR help to provide hundreds of starving children with a nutritious meal and clean water.

Please Donate Today!

The total project cost is estimated at $150,000 US and construction can immediately begin when we reach the milestone of $75,000 US.

The faster we're able to raise the money, the sooner we can extend aide to children who desperately need it.

PLEASE DONATE TODAY: 100% of your tax-deductible donation will be allocated directly to the Hope Center building fund. Project Mañana does not take ANY administrative fees from your donation and we NEVER use your donation for anything besides the project in which it was intended.

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Project Mañana Needs Your Help!
Project Mañana is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to sharing the gospel and break the cycle of poverty by investing in impoverished children, their families and communities through clean water, nutrition, education, and discipling projects.

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.

YOUR GIFT IS 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Consult your tax advisor.

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