Locations: The Doña Flora and Benjamin Rabinovitch Education Center, Callejon de la Loma, Cabarete, Dominican Republic; the DREAM mini-library in the Caraballo Community Center, Caraballo, Dominican Republic; and a third library at the Abreu Public School (see further below).
Number of participants: Over 800 Library Members in Cabarete and Caraballo, 190 pre-school students and 120 “Estrellas Jovenes” participants in Cabarete; 40 Young Stars and 95 preschool students in Caraballo; 150 students in the Abreu Public School.
DREAM Staff: 1 volunteer, 1 local librarian in DREAM Center; 1 local librarian in Caraballo; and 1 Peace Corps Volunteer in Abreu
Important Donors: Ace Bailey, Coco and Jennifer Tuvell, Marie Josee and Ari Barshi, Immanuel & Ursula Barshi, Craig and Alix Beeney, Daniele Bienvenue, Eric and Carmen Hertsen, Ecole Primaire Laurier, Los Angeles Public Library, Michael & Wendy Reichert, San Diego County Library
The Dominican Republic suffers from dismal functional literacy rates and a severe lack of public libraries. In fact, The DREAM public library system is one of the only public library resources in the entire north coast of the country. The success of this program will dictate future investment in literacy and have a huge impact on how children prioritize literacy and the joy of reading. Stocked with over 3,000 picture books, novels, and board games donated from countries all over the world, it is now a bustling hub for children of all ages. The library is also home to a variety of DREAM Reading programs including story time and guided reading for preschool and younger students, and book clubs for Young Star students.
The DREAM Abreu Public Library
Location: Abreu Public School, Abreu, Dominican Republic
Important Donors: Playa Grande Foundation
DREAM is proud to collaborate with the Playa Grande Foundation and offer the community of Abreu the cornerstone of any educated community; a public library. A local librarian and Peace Corps Volunteer assigned to DREAM have created intervention and enrichment activities for the K-8 school. This library contains over 1,000 picture books, novels and educational activities, providing the school a print-rich environment with book clubs, story hours, math activities and presentations. If you would like to support these programs, please donate below or contact us.