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Education


The single most effective way to reduce poverty

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Education


The single most effective way to reduce poverty


Why - Education is the most effective way to reduce poverty

Investing in education is, without a doubt, the single most effective way of reducing poverty.

The result of education in developing countries is dramatic. Education not only raises income levels, but it improves health conditions, promotes gender equality, and combats corruption - ultimately reducing poverty.

  • Gives people critical skills and tools to help them better provide for themselves and their children
  • Helps people work better and can create opportunities for sustainable and viable economic growth now and into the future
  • Helps fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, reduces mother and child mortality and helps improve health
  • Encourages transparency, good governance, stability and helps fight against graft and corruption.

What - The towns of Mendoza and Las Terrenas Schools

ACES efforts are currently centered on the community of Mendoza in the city of Santo Domingo.  Educational programs are being developed which will support area children and adults.  Also, we have partnered with the International School in Las Terrenas, providing scholarship support for native children as well as facility enhancement and repair.

A group of students from the Cabon Community

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Business


Funding and training entreprenuers

Business


Funding and training entreprenuers

Here's our philosophy:

We understand that most people want to be productive and self-sustaining, but simply lack the training and resources to do so.

We facilitate the development of sustainable businesses from conception to completion. From training woodworkers, to teaching sustainable techniques to farmers, we look for any opportunity to develop the Dominican economy.

Here's a summary of what we're working on:


What's microfinance?

Microfinance is a term to describe financial services (such as small loans) to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to banking services. The idea behind microfinance is that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services.

ACES is sponsoring several such projects at the moment. We're always looking for exceptional Dominican social enterprises to fund, as well as investors to to increase our investment pool.

 

Triple Ozama Project: As part of our effort to develop sustainable businesses, we've revitalized several abandoned greenhouses in the Triple Ozama region. This project is being led by a group of woman who will be growing passion fruit and yucca with the support of their community.

 

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Coffee Plantation Development

Far up a mountainous dirt and rock road riddled with potholes lies our biggest project and the community of El Naranjito’s best opportunity to pull itself out of poverty through diligent and persistent hard work.

Those knowledgeable about coffee production know that the Roya fungus has destroyed much of the coffee trees in Central and South America.  El Naranjito is no exception to this, with many of its coffee trees hit by this terrible disease. While recognizing it as the incredible setback that it is, ACES is working hard to make it an incredible opportunity for local Dominicans.

Through collaboration with Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters, the Lycoming College, and Cultivation to Cup, ACES is helping to train these farmers on improved organic growing methods to efficiently produce the best possible coffee.  Farmers will realize a truly fair trade value for their efforts by improving the quality and yield of their crops.

 

Already, the coffee farmers are investing in Roya-resistant seedlings (shown above) to replace damaged plants, and are learning about organic fertilizer to improve their production.  And with some help from the Dominican government, co-operatives of coffee farmers are investing in improved processing equipment that will increase their coffee’s value.

 
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Health


Improving the health of communities by satisfying immediate medical needs

Health


Improving the health of communities by satisfying immediate medical needs


What we're doing

ACES is affiliated with a talented group of Dominican health and medical professionals who regularly commit to day-long health outreaches in remote communities. Each American service group teams up with these professionals to facilitate a scheduled outreach to provide basic health consultations, dental care, HIV/AIDS and diabetes testing, pharmaceuticals, counseling and family planning services. More than 500 patients are seen on a typical outreach day.

ACES also regularly sends health and dental supplies donated from generous US individuals and groups, and hosts US medical and health professionals interested in making a difference as they volunteer at outreaches and in communities.

Why we're doing it

We realize that before people can invest in education or productive self-sustaining business ventures, they must have their immediate health needs met. The Dominican healthcare system, at best, serves those residing in urban areas. Citizens in rural environments have no access to even basic medical or dental services, which significantly impact their quality of life.

We firmly believe that investing in healthcare not only addresses a basic human right, but that it also allows the hardworking Dominican people to invest in their, and their children’s, futures.


Why: Immediate health concerns are a priority

We realize that before people can even think about educating themselves and starting businesses, they need to have their immediate health concerns met.


What: Clinics, doctors, nurses, and dentists

ACES provides monetary and personnel support to communities in the DR. We sponsor clinics with medical equipment and supplies. We organize doctors, nurses, and dentists to volunteer their time in the clinics.


How: Providing medical supplies and personnel