May 20, 2020
To combat the spread of COVID19, the Dominican Republic announced a 15 day shut down in mid-March. Locals who relied heavily on their ability to work were suddenly left without daily income.
The Dominican Starfish is a foundation ILP has worked with since we first got started in the Dominican. Their work is dedicated to benefiting locals in the community where ILP volunteers live in and teach, and often assist on projects building new homes, fundraising for needed medical procedures, and much more. During the initial days of the shutdown, they quickly jumped in to offer some relief to the locals by providing food packs that were estimated to feed a family for 10 days. Many of our ILP alumni who have volunteered in the DR shared the fundraiser, as well as others, and together they have raised thousands of dollars.
On April 15 they reported on their Facebook page that 2,500+ families had received a food pack, and as of today (one month later) they have reported feeding more than 4,000 families. We're so happy to hear that so many of our friends in the Dominican have received meals to help them through this pandemic!
If you would like to get involved, they are still providing food for those in need and would love your support! One food pack costs $20 and is estimated to feed a family for 10 days and any amount you're able to donate is so appreciated. 100% of the proceeds go towards purchasing a food pack and they are a registered charity, so all donations are tax-deductable. Find a link to donate here. They also started a new goal on World Hunger Day to raise $10,000 in 10 days (that fundraiser is here). Both fundraisers are currently running and go towards the same cause.