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DR University Scholarships

You may notice a new category on FDR's donations page labeled "Univ. Pilot Project DPV."  Here's a brief explanation for the somewhat cryptic label.

FDR is exploring a possible program to provide university scholarships in the Dominican Republic to exceptional youth leaders who work with PCVs in Peace Corps' various youth development programs.

As part of the process for developing such a program, we are working with a group of Virginia Tech student-athletes (current and former) and faculty members who are currently providing scholarships to two youth leaders with whom they have worked in Sports for Life (DPV) groups organized by Peace Corps Volunteers. Our work with the Virginia Tech group is serving as a pilot project to work out the mechanics of a similar FDR program that could include some or all of the Peace Corps youth programs.

As part of their fund-raising, they have asked FDR to make it possible for donors to the program to contribute online by including this category on our website. At this point they have sufficient funds for this semester and are working on funding for future semesters.

The category on our donation page is there primarily to support their fundraising efforts. In the future, if and when FDR goes ahead with its own university scholarship program, we will announce the FDR program here on the website as well as elsewhere and begin our own fundraising effort. So watch La Voz and via our own fundraising emails.  Click on the Donate button to the right to donate.

 
Cooperative Agreement between American University and FDR to Safeguard your Peace Corps Material

Friends of the Dominican Republic is very happy to make available to returned Volunteers from the Dominican Republic the opportunity to donate your Peace Corps materials to a special FDR section of the Peace Corps Community Archives (PPCA) at American University. This is an exciting opportunity to maintain the history of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in a professional library where it will be available to family members and researchers alike.

Through a cooperation agreement between the American University Library Special Collections and Friends of the Dominican Republic signed in August, the University's library will accept and recognize donations of materials collected during your PC experience in the Dominican Republic for preservation in the FDR section. American University has been collecting RPCV materials from across the world and you can see many of the materials donated by individual RPCVs online through the AU Library's website. Through this partnership FDR wants to encourage RPCVs from the DR to donate to AU's collection.

FDR has a packet of materials that will explain to FDR's members, their families and other interested parties how the Peace Corps Community Archive was created, what types of materials the library will accept and how to make a donation using a Deed of Gift form included in the packet. The packet will answer most of your questions regarding what and how to donate to the FDR Section of the Peace Corps Community Archives.

If you have materials that you want to donate, please send an email to president@fotdr.org to receive the donation packet by return email.

 
Haitian Documentation
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Former DR Medical Officer makes donation
Former Peace Corps Medical Officer (1963-65) in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Robert J. Bielen, donated his collection of personal papers and memorabilia regarding the Dominican Crisis of 1965 and Peace Corps activities to the Robert B. Russel Library housed at the University of Georgia. 
 
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Looking Back on 17 Successful Years of Partnership

As we leave 2015 behind us we can be proud of the past 17 years, during which years we have shared our time, energy and money with the many Peace Corps Volunteers that served in the Dominican Republic. During that period, we have also helped almost 30,000 Dominicans achieve a better life. We have provided Peace Corps Volunteers and Dominicans financial resources to build sanitary latrines, make and use smokeless stoves, have drinking water available from faucets outside their houses, enjoy sanitary concrete floors, take classes in new schools, use computers in new libraries and join with other Dominicans and Americans to experience a brighter future.

Together with our Dominican friends and their families, we have helped Peace Corps Volunteers introduce programs to better their environment through Brigada Verde; to have better health care through Peace Corps’ focus on family health; to improve educational opportunities through a focus on better educational facilities and teachers; and, we have helped prepare Dominicans to represent the unrepresented among them that lack the necessary documentation to attend school, get better health care and be able to remain in their native country through the Declaro mis Dererchos training programs and legal assistance work.

We have assisted Peace Corps Volunteers to work with young women and men to make better life choices through Chicas Brillantes and Chicos Superman, where they go to workshops with other young Dominicans and learn from each other how to avoid harmful decisions that will follow them through life. We will probably never know how their young lives were changed through these efforts, but we know they will change, just as we changed from the experience of working with them during our time as Volunteers.

Given much of the negative talk going on about immigrants and foreigners in our country right now, some people might ask the question, “why does Friends of the Dominican Republic continue to exist?” Others, who go to the nice resorts and enjoy the lovely Dominican beaches might ask, “Why do Dominicans still need our help?” My answer to those questions is: We know the Dominican people are warm, caring, responsible people that want a better life for their children and a better future for their country. We have worked beside them, we have married their daughters and sons, we have shared their rice and beans and visited with them about our families, friends and dreams. And, we know that sharing our good fortune helps make us better people.

On behalf of the Board of Directors thanks for all of your support!

Kim Herman President,
Friends of the Dominican Republic

FRD supports projects in the DR

Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up primarily of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic over the past 52 years. It provides small grants to support projects and programs involving Peace Corps Volunteers and the people they work with. It does this through two FDR program funds (the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund) supported with donations from its membership and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.

HOW COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE REQUESTED - The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities in the DR to build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to such projects as water systems, water filters, electrification, cement floors, improved wood stoves, latrines, schools, and libraries. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 90 projects have been funded as of 2015. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated. After the community develops a project scope and budget with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), the PCV works with their APCD staff and Farah Canaán (Grants Committee Coordinator) to obtain the PC-DR Director’s approval of the grant application which is prepared using Peace Corps Partnership application forms. The application is then submitted to FDR’s CCF Program Committee for review and approval. Peace Corps Volunteers oversee disbursement of project funds. For more details, see Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can contact the CCF's Manager, John Epler, at challengefund@fotdr.org .

Make a gift

Please consider aiding development projects in the Dominican Republic.



​For other ways to contribute, see our Make a Gift page.

FDR is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Your donation is tax deductible.
 

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Living in the DR?

If you are living in the DR, we would like to invite you to become involved with FDR through the Dominican Republic Committee. This committee acts as a liaison between FDR and Peace Corps DR and provides management and oversight to the Program Support Fund. If interested in committee work or are just interested in connecting with FDR in the DR, contact Guy Baehr at DRCommittee AT fotdr.org.

Peace Corps Invitee

​Have you been invited to serve in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer? If you would like to be matched with a mentor to gain insight into the adventure that awaits you, FDR can help.

Declaro mis Derechos

Declaro Mis Derechos (I Declare My Rights) is a network of Peace Corps volunteers and community counterparts working together to register undocumented individuals born in the Dominican Republic, so that all residents of Hispaniola can exercise their right to a name, a nationality, an education, and a brighter future.

FDR is proud to have supported their training in Banica through its Program Support Fund. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about this important work. And thank you for supporting Friends of the Dominican Republic. Your donations are put to good use.