Suleka is a single mom living in the Dominican Republic. She has 2 children. Her husband was killed in a motor-bike accident in 2006. She works as a house keeper. Her home was on a flood plain and was open to the elements. She works hard but had no way of improving her situation on her meager income of $5 a day.
She was very humble and tearful when we told her that she had been chosen to have a new home.
In March, 2015 Shawna and Don Tanner visited the Dominican Republic. Their hearts went out to the many people who live in poverty and have no way out. They chose to help Ana and her family. They started the process.
In December 2015 after raising money for Miledy’s home, Dominican Starfish Foundation turned their fundraising efforts to Suleka. In January 2016 some visiting guests touched by her humble living conditions donated the rest of the funds needed to build their home and construction began.
Maria, Rebecca and Jerson
We first heard about this family from an old school-mate of Rebecca’s, Luis Miguel Gutierrez, one of our foundation workers in the Dominican Republic.
He made us aware of the desperate situation of this family. Again, Maria is a single mom. The family was living in home that was being eaten by termites and open to the elements. Rebecca had been suffering with severe dental problems for two years.
Upon hearing of her plight, Marilyn Bennion, a widow and her family from Calgary, Alberta chose to sponsor this family and try to give them a life. Marilyn worked overtime hours to raise money for them. Kara Werner from Calgary joined in the funding.
Later they were joined by Paula Lythgoe and a group of her friends and family from Petawawa, Ontario. It is wonderful to see people from all walks of life join together to help. Paula’s group was able to come and visit the family and bring gifts and furnishings for their new home.
The family now have a beautiful new home which eases the difficulty of their lives.
Belkes was living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. She has 2 children. When we visited her home, we found it tied together with rags and plastic backs. We were afraid to enter for fear it would fall.
Mary Cahoon and her family in Calgary, Alberta heard of the family and felt great compassion for them. She started raising money for their home on January 21st and January 31st had raised the amount needed to build.
Now Belkes and her children are living in a beautiful new home. Thank you to every donor who helped make this possible.
Antonia lives in Javillar in the Dominican Republic. When we met her, she was single mom with 4 children. Her husband died shortly after the birth of her last child. The home she lived in is extremely poor. It was falling down and very dangerous for the family to live in but they had no other options.
The need was urgent and we wanted to help as quickly as possible. As soon as we became aware of her situation, we took different people to see the home. David and Cyndie Bach were some of those people. Upon seeing her conditions, they offered a lump sum to build the home.
Again family, friends and Antonia herself worked alongside Dominican Starfish workers to create a beautiful result.
Tamaris lives in Javillar in the Dominican Republic. She has two children and a grandchild who live with her. Though she lives in poverty, she is a happy person and works hard to make others happy as well. Her job is to cook lunch and dinner every day for 31 young people from United States and Canada who are donating their time to teach English to young children in the schools there. We would love to build her a home.
Pictures of Her Current Home
Carolina and her family live in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. In their home live 5 adults and one child, age 7. Even the Dominican people around her have requested help for her. Their only source of income comes from the father (age 61) who drives a motorcycle taxi. Please donate if you can help.
Dominican Starfish Foundation has been working in the Dominican Republic for many years. As a foundation, we find families and groups to sponsor a family here to help change their lives. Every dollar that is donated goes toward the building project.
We are a registered charity in Canada and work with Dominican Starfish USA, a registered charity in the USA. Your receipt is tax deductable.
Picture of Carolina’s Current Dwelling
Gloria lives in great poverty in the Dominican Republic. She is in her 70s. She has no source of income. What little she has to eat, she is dependent on others to help. She is raising a grandson that is 12 years old. She also has a daughter who is a single mother with 3 children. We are raising funds to build a home for them all so that they can have the basic needs of life.
Please open your hearts and give to make a difference for a lifetime. Any amount is gratefully accepted. You can qualify for a charity tax receipt in Canada for all donations of $20 or more.
Pictures of Gloria’s Current Dwelling
We met Morena in January, 2016. We were so touched by her story that it has been constantly on our minds. Every day, Morena goes to the hospital and cares for people there who don’t have family to care for them. When it is time for them to be discharged, she brings them to her “home” if they are not well enough to care for themselves. She earns her very meager living by baking corn bread and selling it. She takes great pride in her home and has a huge heart.
We would like to raise enough to build her a new home which she can care for the sick which is her greatest desire. You can see from the picture where she lives now. One of our criteria in choosing homes with Dominican Starfish Foundation is to choose people who spend their time helping others, despite their own desperate needs.
Jonny and his wife and 5 children live in poverty in the Dominican Republic. They had their fifth child, a baby boy in March. Jonny has a job as a construction worker, working for a non-profit foundation . His salary of $12 a day is barely enough to buy food for his family and would never allow him to move forward in repairing his home or bettering his family situation.
Ayuda Humanitarian is a dental group that has come to the Dominican several times to help the people there. Their group partnered with Dominican Starfish Foundation to tear down the home on June 27, 2016.
Bierka and her 3 young daughters (Jasmil, Adarleny, and Yamileiny) live in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Bierka’s husband passed away of a heart attack recently and they need our help. She struggles to pay the rent and owning their own home would allow her to give her children basic necessities like daily meals.
Funds for this home were raised by Mary and Bruce Cahoon from Calgary, Alberta. Work on the home started in June 2016 and is nearing completion in September.
Donors in Canada or the US may help with our project to help Bierka. Click on the corresponding link to the right.