Mission and Vision

The mission of Project Esperanza is to form a global community focused on creating positive change and a sustainable future for Haitian refugee and immigrant youths in the Dominican Republic through education and empowerment.

We Envision:

  • A constant improvement in the quality of life of those living in the worst conditions in both Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic as well as the New River Valley in Virginia. We envision change that is not temporary but self-sustaining; that does not produce dependency but that empowers the people it serves. We want to see an increasing number of opportunities in education, employment, and living conditions that release the potential already inherent in impoverished communities themselves -- in the resources, skills, and leadership of the people. 
  • People using their economic and educational resources in socially generative ways. We envision our volunteers, staff, partners, and supporters taking action to break the cycle of poverty and the cycle of apathy by creating new pathways to social justice. We believe that these pathways are created when individuals take the knowledge and passion that has been given to them and invest them creatively in positive change. 
  • A lasting "sister community" relationship between the New River Valley and Puerto Plata. We see schools, individuals, and other organizations in the New River Valley creating initiatives and networks of support that strengthen the innovative social programs happening among impoverished communities locally and in the Dominican Republic.