The Kids

Una Vida partners with the local schools, community library and local orphanage to provide the supplies students need for academic success. We create enrichment opportunities by bringing down bats and balls for the local little league, hosting arts and crafts workshops, and encouraging literacy. Activities that most of us take for granted are brought to life through cross-cultural exchange.


Meet our friend Yonni:

Age: 13 years old

Occupation: Student

Yonni Valdezllah was born in the Northeastern town of El Limon.  His father Eduardo relocated the family to the capital, Santo Domingo, soon after.  As the family continued to grow, it struggled economically until Yonni with his mother and siblings moved to La Descubierta five years ago.

Eduardo continues to work sporadically in the capital, but no longer supports the family.  Yonni works selling produce with his mother, Leona, and helps raise his five siblings.

Yonni started school four years ago and learned to write his name in 2009 when he was eleven. He dreams of learning to drive and operating a public car in the capital.  After school and work, he likes swimming in the river.  Yonni is active in the Una Vida community, and frequently attends events and special projects.  He is one beneficiary of the many school and recreational supplies donated through Una Vida, as well as the attention and respect of Una Vida participants.