Summit Academy High School is holding their sixth annual Bears Give Back charity event throughout the month of March. This year, students have decided to continue raising funds for Project Andy for a second consecutive year with a goal of $12,000.
In 2017, students reached their goal of raising $9000 for Project Andy. That money helped break ground for a school for the deaf and hearing impaired children in the Dominican Republic, a project sponsored by the Charity Anywhere Foundation.
Project Andy was inspired by a 17 year old boy named Andy who lives in the Dominican Republic. He has never attended school because he is deaf and no school for the deaf is currently available in his small village. His lack of education and inability to communicate make it nearly impossible for him to make a living. Currently, he earns an income by picking up blue stones, called larimar, on the beach and selling them to tourists. He and the nearly 40 other deaf residents of his small village have no other options.
Through Charity Anywhere Foundation, money raised for Project Andy goes towards completing of a two-room school for 30 deaf and hearing-impaired children, with expansion anticipated within 2 years. The school is being built on land donated by a resort in Barahona. A curriculum will be created for deaf children who have no understanding of language, reading, math, or science. The school will offer educational and vocational courses to children and adults with various disabilities such as blindness and intellectual disability as well as hearing loss. 100% of funds raised go directly towards the construction of the school house, estimated to cost a total of $15,000. Other charitable organizations have donated desks, computers and books, and a specialized teacher has been hired.
Thanks for your donations!