Volunteer projects funded by the Program Support Fund

Volunteer projects funded by the Program Support Fund - 1998 to 2018
Since 1998, the year the Friends of the Dominican Republic was incorporated, the Program Support Fund (PSF) has directly contributed $40,729 to support the work of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic. This figure is exclusive of community infrastructure projects funded by the Community Challenge Fund. In addition, FDR arranged an in-kind contribution of $15,980 from Typing Master for 2000 licenses to be used in Dominican schools where Peace Corps had created computer rooms and assigned Information Technology Volunteers. PSF also donated $375 for plaques honoring PC staff at the 40th reunion. In total, FDR/PSF has contributed or arranged total contributions of $57,084 in its first 20 years of existence.

During 2018, six PSF grants were approved in the amount of $10,113:
  • Three regional Brigada Verde workshops in Dajabon, Elias Pina and El Seibo held in cooperation with National Environmental School students & faculty. Brigada Verde is decade-old initiative in which PCVs give courses and organize and maintain groups designed to spread consciousness of environmental issues among young people in their local communities. Originally developed by Volunteers in the environmental sector, the program has been sustained by the efforts of individual volunteers, with informal support from Peace Corps staff, since the environmental sector was terminated in 2016. Currently more than two dozen Volunteers from other sectors are maintaining active Brigada Verde groups as an optional secondary activity in their home communities. FDR’s in-country Dominican Committee has been working with Volunteers, Peace Corps staff and administrators and faculty at the National Environmental School in Jarabacoa to help continue and strengthen the program. This grant to the school was used primarily to transport and house and students from the school who worked with PCVs to organize and run the workshops. - $1,460
  • A regional Escojo Ensenar teacher training fair and conference organized by Volunteers working with local schools in Samana. The conference was designed to help introduce and provide training in more effective curriculum and teaching methods for interested school teachers and administrators. The grant from PSF filled a gap in funding from other sources to allow the conference to be held. - $778
  • A grant for the purchase of computers, an inverter, tables and chairs, window bars & other equipment for a rural Community Resources Center in Los Algarrobos, Samana. The community center, which serves in part as an educational resource, had recently been constructed by the community using funds from FDR’s Community Challenge Fund and a large in-kind contribution from the community, including land, labor and some materials. - $3,000
  • Peace Corps participation in the Marisco Ripiao seafood festival & ecotourism trade show in Sanchez, Samana. The grant supported attendance at the three-day festival by PCVs and local artisans and local leaders involved in starting and operating successful ecotourism and craft enterprises in the region. Peace Corps, which previously supported such participation, was unable to do so due to budget cuts. - $1,400
  • The printing and binding of 150 copies of a 140-page course manual for use by Volunteers organizing Brigada Verde groups in their communities. The original manual was written and produced in 2013 by PCVs working in PC/DR’s environmental sector. This printing was the fourth batch of manuals provided by FDR since 2015 in its effort to sustain the program. About half of this printing were provided to students and faculty at the National Environmental School to facilitate their growing involvement with Brigada Verde. - $475
  • A two-day regional “Train-the-Trainers” workshop for 40 PCVs and local leaders to spread the Peace Corps-developed PC Skillz youth program on healthy decision making and HIV/AIDS education. PC Skillz has proven to be well-accepted and popular among educators and others involved in working with young people in local communities. The aim of the workshops is to sustain and expand its use both among PCVs and beyond to communities where no Volunteers are currently assigned. - $3,000

During 2017, three PSF grants were made in the amount of $1.473:
  • Software licenses for Adobe Cloud and InDesign to be used by PCVs editing and producing Gringo Grita, the newsletter/magazine published by and for Volunteers in the Dominican Republic. Volunteers are currently revamping the publication, which will also be renamed. - $919
  • Escojo Ensenar regional teacher training workshop in Elias Pina. This grant was made to complete other funding for the workshop. - $186
  • Printing and binding 102 copies of the Brigada Verde manual. This printing was the third batch provided by PSF. - $368

During 2016, one PSF grant was made in the amount of $377.
  • Printing and binding of 100 copies of the Brigada Verde manual for distribution to incoming PCVs. This was the second batch of manuals provided by PSF. - $377

During 2015, three PSF grants were made in the amount of $1,290:
  • Printing and binding of 100 copies of the Brigada Verde manual for distribution to incoming PCVs. This was the initial batch of manuals provided by PSF. - $285
  • Two community library projects, one in Gurabito de Yaroa and one in Hato Viejo. In both cases, the Dominican Committee and PSF cooperated with FDR’s other main project funder, the Community Challenge Fund (CCF). In this case, CCF has contributed funds to build needed shelves and other improvements and the PSF contributed funds for the books and other materials that will go on the shelves. For the Hato Viejo library, PSF donated $355 and the CCF is donated $238. For the Gurabito de Yaroa library, PSF donated $650 and CCF donated $268. - $1,005

During 2014, two PSF grants were approved in the amount of $1,947:
  • An eight-week Declaro Mis Derechos course held in Elías Piña on the Haitian-Dominican border. The course ended on October 7 with the graduation of six community promoters and four other participants. The course was designed to train local community leaders to help other members of their communities to meet the requirements of the Dominican government’s new stricter immigration laws, especially concerning Haitian and Haitian-descended people living in the DR. - $447
  • A two-day national conference for more than 40 selected graduates of past Declaro Mis Derechos courses. FDR was the main funder for the conference, with a contribution of $1,500. This consisted of $450 from the PSF and $1,050 from the ad hoc Documentation Fund created at the 50th anniversary event held in 2012. The conference, held in Santo Domingo in February 2015, was designed to update participants on recent changes in the government’s programs for “regularizing” the immigration or citizenship status of foreigners or Dominican-born descendants of foreigners, the vast majority of whom are of Haitian descent.

During 2013, two PSF grants were approved in the amount of $3,053:
  • PSF partially funded a Declaro Mis Derechos/Saber Es Poder promoter training course in Banica near the Haitian-Dominican border with a grant of $1,553. The objective was to train local community members to assist people in seeking official documentation needed to fully participate in Dominican society. 26 participants from 14 communities attended six successive full and half-day workshops between February 19 and April 16, including visits to the local civil registry office and a judge.
  • Approved $1,500 in funding to allow an October national conference of PC-DR’s long-standing Brigada Verde youth environment program to be held. 29 young leaders from local Brigada Verde groups across the country gathered at the Escuela Ambiental in Jarabacoa for the conference.