Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

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Our Mission

The mission of The Michael & Elaine Butter Foundation is to Butter-foundation-missionhelp raise the standard of living of the impoverished citizens of La Romana by offering financial, educational, medical and social support. Our immediate goal is to finish building the school on the land we have just purchased. Our long-term goal is to create a strong sense of community among the residents and teach economic sustainability within the community. Funds raised by the foundation are allocated to several of our own charitable initiatives by our board of directors, a rotating group of responsible community members. As a result of this unique structure, former recipients of charity can become benefactors themselves, setting into motion a perpetuation of our charitable efforts.

Michael & Elaine Butter began traveling to Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic over a decade ago.  An avid tennis player, Mr. Butter soon knew many of the tennis staff personally and became concerned with their living conditions and health care.  After several years of helping individual cases, Mr. Butter and Mrs. Butter believed their assistance would be better utilized as a formal charity and The Michael & Elaine Butter Foundation was officially founded on December 13th, 2009.

The Community School Project

Our prime goal was to build a new school for the 140 students who once used a broken down building as their school. The student population is a mix of Dominican and Haitian refugee children from age 3 to 14. Their previous facility is so small that some children sat and stood outside the window areas to listen in since there is was room inside. The school received no government funding and is solely run by the charity of our Foundation members and The Foundation itself. As you can see from the galleries, we were able to finish the new school over the last few years.

The Previous School

 

School Construction

Completed School