To teach meditation to anyone and anywhere, primarily focusing on children and teenagers living in impoverished and at-risk communities.
To teach and train impoverished children anywhere in the world as teachers of Kundalini Yoga.
We have just completed another successful mission trip to Batey Bombita village, Santa Cruz de Barahona, Dominican Republic. A whole-hearted thank you to our sponsors who happily donated a ball and lollipop to each child in the village... the kids were delighted!
Our next mission trip to Batey Bombita village skips off on January 2019. Onto a promising path of eco-awareness, we plan to begin a garbage collecting/recycling program with local residents.
Lastly, we are anticipating the start of another innovative program coming soon in the beautiful Costa Rica with its precious local children. Stay tuned!!!
The children of Batey Bombita, Dominican Republic
What are Bateys?
Bateys are marginalized Haitian-Dominican communities created out of the need for cheap Haitian labor in the Dominican sugar cane fields.
Only about five percent of the Haitians living in the bateys have identification papers. This leaves the majority of the population subject to deportation and abuse of human rights. The Dominican government refuses to grant citizenship to the thousands of Haitians born on their soil. They have no rights and are frequently denied education. Once the boys are old enough and strong enough, they work in the cane fields. Young girls hope to find a husband to support them, or sometimes fall prey to criminal activities.
It is estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to over two million Haitians or Dominicans of Haitian decent live in the Dominican Republic (D.R.).
Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, suffers from two-thirds of unemployment. Though the D.R. is also a poor country, it is able to provide jobs for Haitian immigrants who are willing to work for as little as one-tenth of what the poorest Dominican would earn.
The children of these workers face a future void of hope. Many do not have access to schools, often because of prejudice. The Dominican law allows for Dominican-born children of any decent to become citizens. However, Haitians have a hard time obtaining the documentation they need to prove that their child was born in the D.R. At times this is due to ignorance, but it is generally the result of government agencies’ unwillingness to provide a Haitian child with a Dominican birth certificate. Even those with the proper identification and schools willing to accept them may not be able to attend because they cannot afford shoes, books, and uniforms, which are all mandatory for school attendance.