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2015 Memory Mission: Not to be Forgotten

Today is our last day in Constanza. Tomorrow we go back to our lives in the good old U.S. of A. Trips like this make you want to kiss the ground when you get off the plane wherever home is. We are so blessed and yet we take for granted the wonderful life we lead. Yesterday we walked through the streets of Flores, a drug-infested neighborhood in Constanza. We see a cluster of shacks and ...

Posted By James Minichello | 2/2/2015 7:51:44 AM

Advocacy Beyond our Backyard

Noelle Ellerson is best known as AASA's lead advocate for public education, but in Constanza, she is known as "Wonder Woman.” The native workers and people here marvel at her ability to do work that women here never do. She lifts and places heavy cinder block, and has put up several walls. Then, during recreation, she is out there playing soccer with the kids and throwing a ball around. Whe...

Posted By James Minichello | 2/1/2015 8:39:52 AM

Build a School, Change Lives

Hats off to Lifetouch for organizing the 2015 Memory Mission. I have never seen a group of people as energized as the nearly 50 individuals on this trip. From 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon, they are laying down cinder blocks to put up walls, carrying buckets of mortar and cement up stairs to the second floor, mixing mortar and cement, and any other job required to build this s...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/31/2015 8:11:27 AM

Mixing Construction and Sports in the Dominican Republic

There are 200 children attending the Cecaini School, half of them in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. The building we are constructing will provide space for another hundred. There is no transportation to the school. The children have to walk. There is a scarcity of materials and supplies. The Lifetouch Memory Mission group there now has contributed $10,000 to purchase addit...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/30/2015 9:25:44 AM

Building a School in the Mountains of the Dominican Republic

For several years, Lifetouch, one of our major corporate sponsors, has organized Memory Missions. These are opportunities for people to travel to areas in need of assistance in underdeveloped countries. For four years, the Memory Mission has focused on helping the mountain community of Constanza build a school. AASA members and staff have participated in all of them. This year, I am joined b...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/29/2015 9:00:53 AM

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