Community Service & Outreach
CMS has a very robust Community Service Program that is integrated into PBL’s at various grade levels. All students are required to participate in Community Service activities during the school year. Below are two examples of how our efforts are helping the Dominican Republic!
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visits Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic and our own Mirna Ortega was invited to be there too!
Due to CMS student and staff involvement and volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity over the years, CMS Community Service Coordinator, Mirna Ortega, was invited to represent CMS at the Habitat for Humanity Reception for former President, Jimmy Carter, and the HH International Board of Directors. Ms. Ortega met former President and First Lady Carter at the reception and also worked in the construction of a house with the HH Board and local volunteers. The following is the press release for the event:
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (November 9, 2011)
In conjunction with Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti, President and Mrs. Carter arrived in the Dominican Republic to help raise awareness about the need of decent housing.
Upon President Carter’s arrival to the Joaquin Balaguer International Airport La Isabela, he attended a reception with Habitat for Humanity staff, government officials and local business and social entrepreneurs. The former U.S. President then spoke at a press conference on the Habitat construction site.
“Rosalynn and I have witnessed and been a part of the life-changing work Habitat has done around the world,” said President Carter. “We are pleased to join Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic to bring attention to the need for safe, decent and affordable housing.”
“For more than two decades, Habitat for Humanity has been making a difference in the Dominican Republic by helping those in need,” said Cesarina Fabian, national director of Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic. “We have directly helped 3,400 low-income families improve their way of life, impacting more than 11,000 individuals.”
In the Dominican Republic, large numbers of informal settlements in precarious conditions and with no proper infrastructure or basic services put the health and safety of urban residents at risk. Over the next year, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic is working to promote and facilitate access to adequate housing solutions for low-income families, contributing to a fundamental and sustainable impact in the community. The organization plans to build 537 homes, including full houses, repairs and individual progressive rehabilitations.
“We are grateful for the Carters and for all the volunteers in the Dominican Republic,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We appreciate this opportunity to highlight the issues of urbanization and the critical role of adequate shelter.”
The Carters are Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers and give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes, and raise awareness about the need for affordable and decent housing. Since their first build in 1984, the Carters and thousands of volunteers have worked with Habitat for Humanity across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.
About Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic
Habitat for Humanity, Dominican Republic, is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that promotes the right to adequate housing for all. Since 1986, Habitat Dominican Republic has served more than 3,000 families with decent, safe and long-term housing.
The ACCAS (Association of Colombian-Caribbean American Schools) schools of Santo Domingo had their joint Community Service Color Day in which CMS participated on Wednesday, November 23rd as part of our Thanksgiving Celebration Day. This year the foundations that were benefited from this activity were “Muchachos y Muchachas Con Don Bosco” and “Un Techo para Mi Pais”. The Middle School and High School student government (Stuco) promoted and helped with the gathering of the donations.
Aldeas in Santo Domingo. Our benefit from “Un Techo para Mi Pais” work.
Once again, our students taught technology skills to the students from the Manganagua Public School also located in Santo Domingo. In addition, our students read books and taught English at the Biblioteca Piloto Infantil in Manganagua.
CMS Teaching Tech Skills!
Manganagua Loving the Process!
Reef Check – Community Outreach and Global Issues Network (GIN) Project