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Residential Land are dedicated to supporting worthy charities and have recently donated four VIP tickets to see Barry Manilow at The 02 arena to the charity “Mission Direct”. The tickets will be auctioned at a fundraising event on 13th November. Mission Direct who are a UK based poverty relief charity working with a partner charity based on the island, The Samaritan Foundation, are aiming to raise £10,000 towards the £100,000 cost to build a school in Villa Emmanuel on the north coast of Dominican Republic. There are an estimated 1,500 children living on the island but no government provided education.

In 2003 a local lady, Evely Peniche, saw a need amongst the children in her community. She started to organise social and cultural activities and soon realised that the distance to the nearest school and cost of school supplies and uniforms put education beyond the reach of most village parents. In 2006, Evely, an educational psychologist, opened her home as makeshift classrooms and now has over 200 children learning in her home. Despite providing no funding to the school, the government noted the school’s success and insisted they take another 30 children and move to larger premises. As an interim measure, apartments have been rented where the children are crammed into learn. A new school is now vital to allow this community’s transformation to continue and Residential Land is delighted to be able to make a contribution to such a worthy cause.

Misson Direct has already made a contribution to the lives of many families living in the nearby village of Esperanza, where a new primary school and over 100 new homes have been built. 

For more information about Mission Direct click here