17 partner villages across Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
16 partner schools in the US
10 partner non-profits in the US
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We deeply value our collaboration with our partners and supporters. They help us improve the relevance and effectiveness of our program.
Our partnerships with local schools allows us to supplement the lack of resources they face in the classroom with enriched international learning experiences.
Our Partner Schools
Global Potential maintains wonderful partnerships with 16 schools in the US.
Our international service output for partner communities includes agriculture, education, social and cultural exchange, infrastructure, and health services.
Our partners in Haiti include Terre Froide, Bas Gormand and Cité Soleil.
Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti, is a sovereign state in North America. It is located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean, and shares Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. By area and population, Haiti is the third largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba and the Dominican Republic), with 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi), and an estimated 9.9 million people; about a million of whom live in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The locals all speak Creole, and most speak at least some French as well.
Global Potential youth are encouraged to document their experience in film. As a result, a number of our youth have created documentaries. Enjoy!
Global Potential visited over a dozen possible villages in 2009 and 2010 before selecting our current partners: Terre Froide, Bas Gormand and Cité Soleil. The locals all speak Creole, and most speak at least some French as well.
Global Potential works with ‘Batey’ communities, historically neglected rural villages.
The Dominican Republic has the ninth largest economy in Latin America and is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. In the Dominican Republic we work in BARAHONA: a three-hour drive southwest of Santo Domingo. The incredible natural environment includes mountains, lakes, interesting vegetation, and gorgeous coastline. The region is also full of ‘Batey’ communities, historically neglected rural villages. Our Partner Agencies In the DR include Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI) and the Center for Sustainable Development (CEDESO), Municipal Governments, youth groups, women’s associations, World Vision, the Peace Corps, Cooperazione Italiani, and others.
The Joys of Work
Global Potential youth actively participate in the creation of documentaries. Enjoy!
In the DR we work in BARAHONA: a three-hour drive southwest of Santo Domingo. The incredible natural environment includes mountains, lakes, interesting vegetation, and gorgeous coastline. The region is also full of ‘Batey’ communities, historically neglected rural villages. Our Partner Agencies In the DR include Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI) and the Center for Sustainable Development (CEDESO), Municipal Governments, youth groups, women’s associations, World Vision, the Peace Corps, Cooperazione Italiani, and others.
What is a Batey? GP partners with Batey communities, generally very poor villages of migrant workers and their families who harvest, or harvested, sugarcane. Conditions in Haiti are often so difficult that many of these workers and their families prefer the Bateys, but still struggle for basic human rights like health care, water, food, and education. The great majority of Batey inhabitants are 2nd or 3rd or even 4th generation Haitians or Haitian-Dominicans born in the Dominican Republic, but they are frequently denied documentation (papers) and therefore lack legal rights, health care, and education opportunities.
Youth Conference 2012
Batey 1 partnered with GP for the first time during the summer of 2012. Eduard, Adela and Jenne are very active youth in the community. Other active leaders are Brenda Adalgisa Cuevas, Michel Yoeli Anderson, Berenice Anderson, Luis Rodolfo, Maria Estel Alcantara, Milta Lida Gomez and Eduard Batista Feliz
Batey Blocks de Mena
Global Potential stayed in Blocks de Mena during the summer of 2010. Since then, a community facilitator also spent summer of 2010 in the community carrying out development projects and working on building local capacity. Some leaders of the community are: Birma Montero Feliz Edison, Charles Feliberto Beltre, Yeraldo Pie Perez Gervania, Mateo Cuevas Simona De La Rosa and Nuris Marciel.
Youth Conference 2012, 2011, 2009 & 2008
Batey 8 was our second community we partnered with in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. We have very strong leaders such as the Union Executive Director and Mayor, Beneco Enecia, Executive Youth Council members Hogla Perez and Samy Enecia (President), and other very active youth like Christina Leon Perez, Isa Montilla, Danexi Perez, Raisa Rodriguez and Arsenito Santana. Andres De Jeus Perez, Maria Delsa Feliz Danexis Perez, Betzaida Perez Pierre, Miguel Angel D Oleo Perez and Doris Jackelin Leon Perez are other very active members.
Que Nos Motiva 2007
Batey 7 was the first community where Global Potential carried out an exchange. Since 2007, GP has collaborated a total of four times with this community of 2000 inhabitants in the region of Barahona. Batey 7 is very active and includes Loranny Juliana Batista Feliz, Yanirda and many other leaders who help make this partnership work. Nerson Martinez Jose, Miguel Cuevas Batista, Sian D Bock, Jose Aquino, Kelvin Medina Cuevas and Yesenia Duval are also all very active.
Batey Cuchilla is a small community of about 800 residents, surrounded by sugarcane fields on all sides. In Cuchilla, there is a community center and a baseball field. There is a four-room school that serves children up to fifth grade. There are four churches, five stores, two hair salons, two bars. There are no paved roads. In 2009, GP’s advocacy work and meetings with the sugarcane company and the municipal government led to over 50 dumptruck loads of material to repair the entranceway to the community, but there remains much work to be done on the road. An informal baseball team of men aged 18-26 meets weekly to play against other communities. Some leaders are the following: Yaira Feliz Heredia, Yanirda Alcantara Polo, Anailsa Sanchez Guelina, Feliz Feliz Maria Solanchi, Feliz Santana, Miguel Antonio De Los Santo Montero and Guillermina Gomez Beltre.
Lessons In Every Experience
Every trip is an opportunity to learn. Enjoy!
Global Potential began partnering with Nicaraguan villages in 2010. Partner villages include Las Minas, El Hatillo and El Almirante.
Global Potential finds that for some youth, by capturing their experience on camera, the youth is able to digest the learning of the trip in a more holistic fashion.
30 Visits in 2 Years
In 2009 and 2010 we carried out over 30 site visits in Nicaragua to identify our first host community there, and 2010 was our first year, working in the community of El Hatillo de Sebaco. In 2011 we continued working in El Hatillo and in 2012 we opened up in Las Minas, not far from El Hatillo, on the same mountain in the department of Matagalpa. Our National Coordinator in Nicaragua, Jessica Salazar, has worked with GP for two of its Dominican Republic trips and is very familiar with our policies, mission and vision. We are working very close to the Municipality of Sebaco, in the Department of Matagalpa. We have some exciting partnerships with the following organizations: Amycos, Junta de Castilla y Leon, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Fundenuse, Movimiento Comunal Nicaraguense, Prodesa, the Mayor’s office in Matagalpa, Fadese, Fibrese, Instituto Nicaraguense de Promocion Humana, Fundacion NicaFrance, American Nicaraguan Foundation.
Youth Conference 2011
GP has partnered with El Hatillo in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, a community facilitator was located in the village to maintain links, work on development projects and organize that year’s youth conference. El Hatillo is 10km from Sebaco, 40 minutes in bus, 20 minutes in motorcycle. It is a very small village with around 200 people. It has approximately 35 youth under 13 years of age, 70 youth between 13 and 25 years old and 80 inhabitants older than 26 years old. It was founded 200 years ago and recognized in 1984. It suffered massive destruction due to Hurricane Mitch in 1998. It has a local youth group called “Poder Ciudadano” and bases itself off of agriculture. It is principally a catholic village, and people spend time playing baseball, soccer and dancing. Women clean clothes, cook, take care of the children. The local school is run by Maryuri Hipolita Velazquez but there is no high school. The closest high school is in Molino Sur run by Julian Escobar, Paz Jiron Poverdo and Sandra Mairena Torrez.
GP first partnered with Las Minas during the summer of 2012. Las Minas’s coordinates are 12° 48′ 4″ North, 86° 0′ 30″ West. It is high up in the mountain, approximately 20 minutes north of El Hatillo up the mountain. The climate is cold during July and August. Las Minas has around 200 people, with 130 people older than 24, 60 between 15 and 24 years old and 120 younger than 15 years. In Las Minas, people love to play soccer, billiards and baseball. Many people go to Costa Rica in the summer for work for 3-6 months. Harvesting coffee, banana, sugar cane, pineapple. It is a very united community.