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Twelve Middlebury students will be traveling to the Dominican Republic over February break as part of a Middlebury Alternative Break (MAlt) trip. We will be working with Project Esperanza, an organization that focuses on creating positive change and a sustainable future for Haitian refugee and immigrant youths in the Dominican Republic through education and empowerment. Although they share a border within the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic and Haiti have had diverging histories, with different economic, political, and social climates. Their histories have also come together at times, with violent results and long-lasting effects. Thus, we will be exploring in more detail the tension between the two countries and learning about how the discrimination we see in the United States manifests itself in similar ways within the island of Hispaniola. We will also draw attention to colorism in Hispanic communities. Participants will engage with community members through hands-on service activities that seek to restore dignity and empowerment to Haitian-Dominicans who are marginalized for their heritage.

MAlt is a student organization that provides student-designed and student-led service trips for Middlebury College students. MAlt offers opportunities for students to participate in strong direct service that seeks to address needs as determined by a local community partner. MAlt is committed to a needs-blind acceptance policy. As a result, we do extensive fundraising to ensure that participants’ financial needs can be met. We all work together to support one another, which is why this fundraiser is so critical to our efforts.

Amanda Rodriguez, Bronx, New York, USA
Ege Berent Yuzbas, Izmit and Istanbul, Turkey
Elijah Willig, Grinnell, Iowa, USA
Kaila Jones, West Windsor-Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA
Lulu Zhou, Queens New York City, New York, USA
Madison Holland, Medina, New York, USA
Quinn Boyle, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Rodney Adams, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Sara Jarrar, Palestine
Christeline Velazquez – Bronx, New York, USA
Jenne Meneses – Los Angeles, California, USA
Melynda Payne – Bronx, New York, USA

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Funding Details

Deadline: Jan 28, 2019
Total needed: $2,800

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