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Project Esperanza is a non-profit that connects the Blacksburg, Virginia and the Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic communities in order to create positive change and raise cultural awareness in both communities. The majority of our programs serve the Haitian immigrant community in Puerto Plata in the areas of education, social aid, and community development. In Puerto Plata we have a home, school, and program for Haitian immigrant boys that work the streets shining shoes or selling eggs or sweets. We support schools begun in Haitian churches for kids that face difficulties entering into the Dominican public schools. We also support other such efforts led by community members themselves.