December 2019 - This was a big month. This mission gained another major donor in Richard Pearce. Richard's donation will in large part cover the cost of crops to be planted on the new plot of land. The crops will include banana, plantain, beans, and Yucca. All of these crops are regenerative and will not require additional investment. The land has existing mango, avocado and coconut trees. These crops will provide a significant food source year round after the initial harvest.
Mike Lawton visited with the mission director and teachers to hold a training session for the new program. The overall program and community sustainability study are set to kick off January 6, 2020.
November 2019 - With a huge thank you to donors such as Todd Reynolds, the mission was able to purchase a 700 square meter plot of land bordering the mission community center. The land will be used to grow both vegetable and fruit crops to support community sustainability. Mission parents have volunteered to work the land and maintain the crops.
October 2019 - A successful visit to the mission by Mike Lawton with the community has resulted in a new program being identified where parents will attend and participate in Spanish classes with their children. A parent will also play an active role of child learning at home. The parent or parents will also be required to log a minimum of hours volunteering at the mission or the community.
January 2018 - After another graduation in 2018, Mike Lawton, founder of TKLF enrolled in a doctoral program at Vanderbilt University as a way to better understand learning and understand previous research to positively impact sustainability and self reliance of impoverished communities.
March 2017 - Devastating floods came to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic and did not spare the children and their homes in our mission communities. Most families lost the little they had, their beds were destroyed, clothes washed away, personal treasures such as pictures are no longer.
We are praying for help for these families. We want to start by providing a bed and some clothes. We are also helping with emergency health care. Can you please help with a $10 gift. Every bit of donation will go directly to helping to rebuild these families lives.
December 2016 - Completed construction of the new community center and kitchen for the Valedor children.
While visiting the mission in April 2016, Fabio, the mission director, took us to visit this neighboring community of our mission in Villa Emanuel. The community is called Villa Valedor. The children live in extremely poor conditions. The children were in great need for the kinds of support our mission in Villa Emanuel. Fabio prayed for us to help and that we may expand our mission to these very deserving children.
We agreed that we needed to do something. We developed a video and began to spread word around our friends and family and within a short period of time, we received enough gifts to build a brand new community center with a full kitchen and bathrooms. The community center is now a sanctuary for all the children. We are already providing many programs, including Christian worship, school scholarships, school mentoring, English lessons and other valuable skills training.
We have the structure and the local people to help, We need child sponsorships to sustain and support this community. Can you help with a monthly commitment? Just $30 per month will provide all the support a child will need to have a chance at a better life.
The Kymberlee Lawton Foundation is proud to welcome our founding sponsor for Loves Lane. Loves Lane is our mission for impovershed children in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Walsh has bestowed a wonderful blessing upon the children of Villa Valedor.