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Emily: Last year, my friend Kristen and I used our miles and points for a girls’ getaway to the Dominican Republic. We had a fabulous time and stayed in Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro.
Every Child Deserves an Education
While in Santo Domingo, we visited The Orientation and Development House, or Casa de Orientación y Desarrollo Real (CODR). Many children and women in the Dominican Republic may be forced into prostitution and human trafficking.
CODR was created to house and educate at-risk women to keep them off of the streets. Most of the women study medicine, law, or business.
This year, the women of CODR are having a fundraiser to purchase school supplies for children in need. Daraius and I will be donating money because we believe that every child has a right to an education. Help us achieve the goal to give basic school supplies to 500 needy kids!
It is a US based 501(c) (3) charity, which means that you may get a tax deduction for donations. I tried out the donation website and it was very easy to use.
Participate in a Cultural Exchange with CODR
In addition to donating money, don’t forget that you can also donate your time to CODR.
You can spend a day volunteering at CODR like I did, or you can volunteer for a longer time period. You can learn Spanish, dancing, and how to cook Dominican food. And you can assist the organization by teaching English, participating in community service events, and more! I had a great time volunteering and hope to return soon!
If you are interested in partnering with CODR for a cultural exchange experience, contact [email protected].
We have so much in the US, and it’s important to remember the struggles of people around the world. Thanks for your support!
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