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    Unhappy Urgent need of food donations!

    Hogar Doņa Chucha is in urgent need of food donations. Doņa Chucha is home to 90 girls from all ages. Since most of the help is being focused on Haiti the centers that were receiving food donations are now left empty handed. The Executive Director Rafaelina Brito, explained that since the quake they have been struggling to feed the 90 girls and 36 employees at the center. Food donations are urgently needed. Same goes for the girls at Foundaciķn Madelaes.

    Hogar Escuela de niņas Doņa Chucha
    Contact: Rafaelina Brito Taveras
    Caonabo # 44,
    Gazcue, Santo Domingo
    Tel. 809-685-8000

    Fundaciķn Madelaes
    Contact: MariaElena
    La Victoria, Santo Domingo
    Tel. 809-258-8770

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    Juanita, what can those of who aren't in DR do? Are you collecting money somehow to purchase food staples? I'd be happy to contribute if you can do the buying and delivering.

    Come on members, this sounds serious.

    AE

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    Here are a few options:
    - http://www.mandale.com.do/mandale/default.aspx (great easy option)
    - Western Union
    - Paypal (I would need to check with mountainannie how that works)

    I have no problem with doing the shopping and delivery...which ever is easier for you.

    Of course they need the basic: rice, beans, salami, and chicken. The government only supply them with the “desayuno escolar” (school breakfast) but not for all of them.

    Again AE, thank you for your big heart!

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    As a means of bumping this at the same time as being constructive .........

    Let us know when you have the PayPal system worked out & I am sure there will be a few donations sent your way. Make SURE you can extract the money though ....... sometimes PayPal make this extremely difficult if you don't have a USA bank account to credit it to!

    Sounds like this might be a long term thing? Have you discussed the possibility of some staff members (&/or inmates) making up a collage of what they do & then asking local supermarkets to let them stand outside (or INside when wet weather) with a trolley available for food donations? I suggested this to a couple of the supermarkets here in POP who were all for the idea because it increased their sales. A poster (large) outside asking customers to buy ONE item (rice, tin food, soups, salami ................) to deposit/donate at the collecting basket when they walk out was my idea as donation for the Haiti effort!

    Good luck with your endeavours ~ Grahame.

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    I am awaiting for mountainannie's answer regarding the paypal transfers. BushBaby I will pass on your idea for donations. Thanks

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    Haven't heard from mountainannie yet so for now the best option would be this one:

    http://www.mandale.com.do/mandale/default.aspx

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    In order to use paypal, I would need a US bank account to withdraw the funds, but I only have DR accounts.

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    I'm confused. According to this article, the DR government has stopped funding the Hogar Escuela de niņas Doņa Chucha. What does Haiti have to do with it? And I can't tell if the article is from March 2010 or April 2007.
    La República - Hogar Doņa Chucha podría cerrar sus puertas por falta de subvenciķn

    And then there's this from 2007:
    Juventud Revolucionaria Dominicana: Gobierno suspende ayuda Hogar Doņa Chucha

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    Donations also come from the population and companies in Santo Domingo. So these people that normally were taking donations to Doņa Chucha are now donating them to Haiti. That article was from 2007.

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    I answered Juanita about the use of my paypal.... since I lose money in the transactions.. having paid the transfer fees, the exchange rate for cashing a us check, the transport to get the money to Juanita, this is not a long term option for me.

    Since she is not a US citizen, she cannot open a paypal account.

    While I applaud her compassion, it does not seem viable that DR1ers either can or should take on the sponsorship of established orphanages in this country. Dona Chucha.. known as the "st Theresa of the DR"... and I remember back a couple of years ago when the director went on a hunger strike to attract attention to the fact that the government had not paid.

    Seems to me that there are not a lot of orphanages in this country... and that there should be plenty of money available for the support of the few that there are.. through both the Catholic Churches and the public.

    If Juanita wants DR1ers to take on one special orphanage,,, where she has been and for which we all did the bedsheet thing... that is one thing. It is a small place....
    But to take on the feeding of 90 plus orphans?

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