(MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Celines Toribio arrives at Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro a La Musica Latina Awards at AmericanAirlines Arena on February 17, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images))

The DREAM Project to raise funds for youth in the Dominican Republic

Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz and Dominican actress Celinés Toribio are joining forces as honorary chairs of the DREAM Project to raise funds to support the education of Dominican children. 

“As a Dominican, I am blessed to be a part of this organization,” says Toribio, who has been a long-time advocate for programs to help Latino youth and an active spokesperson for the DREAM Project for more than three years.

“For me, education is freedom,” she says. “Women that are educated don’t accept abuse. It boosts their morale. Coming from a background where machismo is so dominant, I’m going to speak loud.”

The DREAM Project is mostly volunteer run and provides supplemental education for more than 2,000 children annually through 24 unique programs in 11 different communities in the Dominican Republic. One of its newest initiatives, besides building schools and computer centers, is providing a mobile library to deliver books to remote villages.

Click here to see an interview with the founder of the DREAM Project.

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