"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully,
everyone is blessed."
~ Maya Angelou
Happy holidays, beautiful yogis!
This week, I am dedicating my newsletter, and my Saturday morning class, to a phenomenal cause: the Saugatuck High School Interact Club and their decade-long effort to support the children in Batey 106, Dominican Republic.
First, a little background. A batey is a small village home to sugarcane workers and their families. These people typically have immigrated from Haiti, and the low wages earned from cutting sugar cane aren’t enough to match the cost of living, let alone get ahead.
Sugarcane production is the Dominican Republic's largest and most important export, and there are an estimated 500,000 to 1 million Haitians working in the sugar industry.
The Interact Club at Saugatuck High School has been working with, Batey 106 since 2012. Over the years, the Interact Club has raised money for the following:
Yes, Batey 106 benefits from the work of the Interact Club and its donors.
And, every student who works on the project and makes the trip . . . is transformed.
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