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Rylee's Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic!
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This June I will be embarking on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, as part of a wonderful organization, Una Vida. I will be leaving behind my iPhone and blow dryer for two weeks, to live with a local family and help with construction ...

This June I will be embarking on a work-learning mission trip to the Dominican Republic, as part of a wonderful organization, Una Vida. I will be leaving behind my iPhone and blow dryer for two weeks, to live with a local family and help with construction projects, in schools and orphanages, and other community projects including support for The Madres Jewelry Collective (see link down below).

**I am working towards my goal of $2650 which covers the cost of the trip, as well as my plane ticket there. There is no donation too small, as every penny is truly appreciated! If there is any way I can be of service to you, in exchange for your support (babysitting, dinner cooked, leaf pick up, you name it), please let me know!**

Please take a moment to learn about Una Vida and The Madres Jewelry Collective:

http://una-vida.org/

Una Vida's Mission

Una Vida’s mission is to empower impoverished families of rural Dominican Republic and Haiti while strengthening and reaffirming our own shared humanity, our need for empathy, and our devotion to serving others.

Vision

We are all accountable for recognizing and solving the issues facing our global/local community. Our vision is that Una Vida participants leave the Dominican Republic affected and impacted by the lessons of poverty such that they carry them always, and use them always, to engage in our global challenges, to serve others, to affect change.

Una Vida also helped facilitate the creation of The Madres Jewelry Collective.

"The Madres Jewelry Collective was created in 2011 in Los Pinos del Eden, Dominican Republic, a rural mountain community near the Dominican-Haitian border. In a culture burdened by inequality and steeped in economic woe, women in poverty often have few resources to support themselves and their families. By paying fair wages in an area with little formal employment, our program empowers mothers to invest in their future and the future of their families. Madres employs both Dominican and Haitian women, building solidarity between two cultures that have endured centuries of mistrust stemming from colonial legacies and competition for scarce resources on an impoverished island. By providing sustainable incomes and opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration, Madres is fostering enduring change in Los Pinos."

http://www.madresjewelry.org/pages/our-story

Meet Ybanez, a Madres artisan:

"Ybanez Perdomo, 31, grew up in Los Pinos del Eden, one of 8 siblings.  She lives with her husband, Miguelito, and their four beautiful children, Leodel, 13, Rosmery,11, Sergio, 3, and Isamel, 2.  Her husband is a member of the Dominican military, and  leaves the family for 8 days at a time to serve at his post.

In addition to raising 4 kids, Ybanez is studying in Neiba to get her teaching degree, and once she finishes she hopes to work in the primary school in Los Pinos as a 4th or 5th grade teacher.  She works everyday to be able to finish her education, and to raise her children to bring love to other peoples lives."

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