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Building a refurbished playground in the Dominican Republic

In December 2014, volunteers from One Desk Foundation went to the Dominican Republic and built a refurbished playground purchased from Kids Around the World, a non profit that recycles playgrounds donated by local parks.

Randy Gonzales is good friend of the One Desk Foundation and a cigar aficionado. He had taken a trip to the Dominican Republic (DR) a couple years back to visit the plantation where one of the world’s most famous cigars is made. The plantation is located in a very poor and dangerous part of the DR in the community of Bonao.

When Randy visited the plantation, he saw that the Fuente and Newman families who created his favorite cigar had also started a school for the children of the plantation workers, through their Cigar Charitable Family Foundation. The school serves over 500 children from kindergarten through high school, providing them with schooling, two meals per day, clothes, clean water, medical/dental care, and social services. It costs about $1,000,000 per year in charitable donations to run the school and related facilities.

When touring the school, Randy saw a room that contained a bed, bookshelf, books, TV, etc. He asked why they had such a room and was told it was to teach the kids about what a home could be like, since none of these items existed in their tiny shack houses. Most of the floors where the children and their families sleep are either dirt or concrete. The one area at the school that was dramatically in disrepair was a playground for the kids, consisting of a couple of rusty slides and truck tires. When Randy asked Carlito Fuente Jr. about the dilapidated playground, he said they could not rationalize putting money into a playground when there were far greater needs at the school. Randy, wanting to help, turned to the One Desk Foundation and went into action.

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February 13, 2015

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