Here you will find updates on the educational progress of Andy, Andrielis, and Yoandi, siblings in the Dominican Republic. You can read about the beginnings of my work with them at the following blogs:
Andrielis' Education Fund
Andy and Yoandi's Education Fund
These blogs share how we begun with the kids, and the struggles we went through to get them to where they are now. I am now pulling all three kids together and blogging here, as it will chronicle their progress as a family. The boys, having spent a few years working on the streets and shining shoes, were not learning anything in school and were consistently failing. Andy is now 16 years old and has just passed his 5th grade exams. Yoandi is 11 years old and just passed grade 3. Andrielis is on track for her age; 15 years old and having just passed her grade 8 national exams.
Over the past 6 months we have been working to ensure that the kids passed their exams, which they all did. Their school was inadequate and was not meeting their educational needs. This August they all started at a brand new private school, Santa Rosa de Lima; Andy in grade 6, Andrielis in grade 9, and Yoandi in grade 4. We were able to pay for their uniforms, books, and full school tuition. The kids, and their mother Sonia, are ecstatic.
Over the coming months and years I invite you to follow this blog and watch the progress being made in these kids' lives. If you are able, please contribute to their educational needs. Prepare to be inspired by this amazing family.
Juan (stepfather), Sonia (mother), Andy, Andrielis, and Yoandi