Successful Concert for COPA

Swindon’s ‘Ten in a Bar’ gave a fantastic concert after the COPA UK AGM. Singing to an audience of almost 200, Ten in Bar’s programme was extremely varied and entertaining. Useful images of the work of COPA were shown before the concert and during the interval to help focus our thoughts on the people that live and work in Bombita and La Hoya. Jewellery made from dried coconut shells by women living in Bombita went on sale during the interval. The concert raised over £1,000 for COPA.


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A Bright Future

A team of UK volunteers recently went to the DR to install solar lighting in the volunteers’ houses and also a number of classrooms. Connie Di Leo (Project Director) comments “the lights are working wonderfully and we are so grateful.”


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Supporting more students in the DR

Recently, COPA has extended its work to help provide classroom resources and teacher training in other local schools and this has been a great success and welcomed by the school staff and by the communities (referred to as “Partnership Schools” as opposed to our own “COPA Schools”). The help that partnership schools receive differs in that COPA does not provide the buildings nor recruit the teachers or other members of staff. 

Initially the funding of the partnership schools project came from a very generous donation from a Guernsey organisation. This money is now running out and therfore, the concept of Class Sponsorship has been introduced whereby several individual sponsors would be sponsors of a whole class and would each have the option to either follow that group of children through the school or to sponsor the same year group each year. 

Under this scheme each sponsor will receive an annual class photograph and a report or examples of work from the class twice a year. They will also receive the regular COPA newsletter and annual report. The sponsorship amount is the same as for child sponsorship at £6 per month or £72 per year. We will, of course, continue the Child Sponsorship programme for the two COPA schools but may in future add class sponsorship as an option for those who may prefer it.

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Health Matters

Amy Edelstein, COPA Health Adviser has recently sent some photos of the clinic in La Hoya. Photos show the Waiting Area, the Pharmacy and the Emergency Room.


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DomRepAug05May06266Keeping in touch...

The children in La Hoya and Bombita enjoy receiving your cards and letters. Please address your letters or cards to:

Child’s name and sponsorship number
Escuela de COPA (La Hoya or Bombita),
Apartado 42,
Dominican Republic

Please could you write your name and address on the reverse of the envelope.  This will help the volunteers when they are delivering the letters and cards to the children.  The volunteers have asked  that messages to the children be kept short as each one needs translating into Spanish!  Thankyou  for your understanding.

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Over 100 receive new spectacles

Different prescriptions of reading glasses were donated to COPA and Amy Edelstein, COPA Health Adviser and the donar of the glasses spent a morning in La Hoya clinic and the afternoon in Bombita clinic assessing people’s eyes and finding the right reading glasses for them. They saw 106 people in La Hoya who received glasses and 78 in Bombita.

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SchoolkidswavingThank you!

COPA would like to express a huge 'thank you' to sponsors and supporters who have held fundraising events or are planning to raise money for the Flood Appeal. A substantial amount has been raised so far and this will enable us to re-equip the schools and support the communities further.

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