17 July, 2018

Families, young volunteers and friends from Miami build 13 houses in Dominican Republic

There are some things that you could learn in a class­room and oth­ers that you can only ex­pe­ri­ence with real world sit­u­a­tions. Imag­ine putting those geom­e­try and physics lessons to use by build­ing a home with your bare hands! Dur­ing the Easter Hol­i­day 35 stu­dents from Miami traveled along with some of their par­ents, and teachers, to do just that! Along with 88 other vol­un­teers from Do­mini­can Re­pub­li­can and an­other group of Friends from the United States they built 13 tran­si­tional houses and learned about the re­al­ity of fam­i­lies liv­ing in ex­treme poverty in Latin Amer­ica. Stu­dents from Ran­som Mid­dle School, Gul­liver High School and Mast Acad­emy bonded and im­proved the lives of 13 fam­i­lies liv­ing in the Pro­fes­sor Juan Bosh Com­mu­nity in La Vega. The com­mu­nity, founded in 2011 by fam­i­lies seek­ing a safe and af­ford­able en­vi­ron­ment to set­tle in has no paved road, elec­tric­ity, waste col­lec­tion or run­ning water. There are cur­rently 72 fam­i­lies liv­ing in these ex­treme con­di­tions.

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It was the first time middle schoolers and par­ents spend the night at the com­mu­nity to­gether and lived the full TECHO ex­pe­ri­ence.

Are you in­ter­ested in in­volv­ing your school and join­ing a Build­ing Trip? Send us an e-mail at ana.​[email protected]​techo.​org