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Project Mañana International
Issue 4, Vol. 1
 Serving In The Dominican Republic 
May/June 2015
News From Project Mañana!
Project Mañana Participates in the Returning Hearts Celebration
Returning Hearts Celebration
Returning Hearts Celebration 2015

For more than a decade, Awana Lifeline has been hosting the Returning Hearts Celebration at Louisiana State Penitentiary (also know as Angola); which is home to more than 6,500 inmates (most of whom have life sentences).

Located in Angola, Louisiana (about an hour from Baton Rouge), the Louisiana State Penitentiary sits on 22 square miles of deep south farm land. Warden Burl Cain, who has served as the prison's warden for more than 20 years, has received worldwide notoriety for his efforts in converting what was once known as "the bloodiest prison in America", to a place of reformation and rehabilitation. Today, Angola has six churches, a seminary, and many programs for the inmates.

One such program is known as Malachi Dads, a reformation movement that teaches inmates the importance of family values and how to be a better father. The year-long course has radically transformed the hearts of hundreds of inmates at Angola.

At the completion of the Malachi Dads program each year, Warden Cain opens the prison gates to allows the inmates' children to come in and spend a day with their father. This year's celebration was held on May 16 and more than 500 inmates, 800 children, and 650 volunteers gathered for an amazing day together! (Watch the recap video.)

The Returning Hearts Celebration is hosted in the rodeo stadium at Angola; where a carnival atmosphere offers games, rides, prizes, popcorn, cotton candy, and a barbeque lunch for the inmate and their children to enjoy. At the end of the day, the inmates and their children gather together for their final "goodbyes" and take part in a balloon launch; which has been a tradition since the first Returning Hearts Celebration.

Project Mañana's president, Brian Berman, was honored to be invited to attend the Returning Hearts Celebration for the second year. This year he brought Adolfo Serrata; who is a the warden of the largest prison in the Dominican Republic -- known as Nayajo Correctional Center.

Warden Serrata and Berman spent the day volunteering as Family Assistants with Clarence (inmate) and three beautiful children (wearing green shirts in the picture below) who came to visit him.

In addition to volunteering as Family Assistants, the purpose of the trip was to show Warden Serrata the Returning Hearts Celebration in hopes that he would agree to host a similar event in his prison; where a large portion of his inmate population has completed the Malachi Dads program in Spanish through Project Mañana's Institute For Authentic Manhood.

We are very pleased to announce that Project Mañana, in partnership with Awana Lifeline, will host the very first international Returning Hearts Celebration in July 2016 at the Nayajo Correctional Center!

Want to help support this event or learn more about our Prison Project?

If you would like to support the upcoming Returning Hearts Celebration in July 2016, or would like more information about Project Mañana's Institute For Authentic Manhood,™ please visit the Prison Project section of our website.

Returning Hearts Celebration
Brian Berman and Warden Serrata with the inmate's family
after spending the day with them and inmate Clarence
Returning Hearts Celebration
L to R: Mike Broyles (Awana), Brian Berman
Warden Burl Cain, Warden Adolfo Serrata, Alex Yim (Awana)
Project Mañana Hosts Lauren Kimbel w/ A Million Choices Project
Lauren Kimbel
Lauren Kimble with some of the children of Project Mañana

In May, Project Mañana was blessed to have Lauren Kimble of A Million Choices Project (a California-based non-profit) visit the Dominican Republic to teach the children of San Pablo about God, creation, and our environment through arts and crafts.

Kimble hosted a three-day camp of creative arts and the children were able to express themself through painting, cutting, molding, and pasting.

While these may seem like common tasks, Kimble really worked with the children to help them understand how to "unleash their creativity."

At the end of the three-day camp, each child had made an ocean diorama, an animal mask, and people molded from homemade clay.

Project Mañana would like to sincerely thank Kimble for her time, creativity, and never-ending smile!

Lauren with the children
Lauren with the children of Project Mañana
Children learn about the sea
Children learn about the sea through art & crafts
Project Mañana Welcomes Rachael Peyton As Summer Intern
Rachael Peyton
Rachael Peyton (Corydon, Indiana)

Project Mañana is honored to welcome Rachael Peyton for her second time visiting Project Mañana in the Dominican Republic.

This time, Peyton will be staying through the summer to help in a variety of projects including:

Peyton, who is finishing her psychology degree (with a minor in Spanish) at the University of Southern Indiana brings a host of talents to Project Mañana -- and the Dominican Republic.

In addition to helping with Project Mañana's core projects, Peyton will also help facilitate a short-term mission team arriving mid-June. With more than six years of Spanish language training, she will serve as one of the team's translators, along with Project Mañana staff.

You can follow Rachael's internship on her blog: https://mydrexperience.wordpress.com.

Are You Interested In An Internship With Project Mañana?

Project Mañana is always looking for high-energy interns to work alongside our full-time staff in the Dominican Republic. If you would like to embark on an amazing adventure and join Project Mañana's team as an intern, please send us a message.
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 by June 30, 2015 (we've already raised $7,553 toward this goal).

Please help 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 once we've raised the funds.

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.

Project Mañana By The Numbers
Nutrition Project 146,760 Meals
Since 2010, our Nutrition Project has provided impoverished children with more than 146,760 meals. [learn more]
Clean Water Project 9,690,750 Gallons
We have distributed 177 water purification systems; providing 9,690,750 gallons of clean water each year to highly impoverished families. [learn more]
Education Project 65 Students
In August 2014, Project Mañana opened the very first school in San Pablo, Dominican Republic where 65 children receive a private education. [learn more]
Prison Project 2,079 Inmates
Project Mañana's Institute for Authentic Manhood™ has graduated 2,079 inmates; who now understand that an authentic man loves his parents, wife, children, family, and others in society. [learn more]
Volunteer Hours 31,784 Hours
American teams have provided more than 31,784 volunteer hours in the Dominican Republic. [learn more]
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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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