Summit Academy High School reached their goal of raising $9000 during their fifth annual Bears Give Back charity event throughout the month of March. That money will help build a school for the deaf and hearing impaired children in the Dominican Republic through Project Andy, 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 will go towards the building of a two-room school for 30 deaf and hearing-impaired children, with expansion anticipated within 3 years. The school will be 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 will 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 to all who donated!