From the rapprochement of seven high school students and their love for parties and indoor tours, “La Gente” was born, a foundation today from which “El Macotazzo” sprouted, one of the most influential impact projects in the Dominican Republic, for children. Directed for and young people.
“La Gente is a group of friends who have grown up in a very organic and spontaneous way, carrying out excursions and festive activities to promote healthy entertainment. And recognizing the cohesive power created, they continue to call their acquaintances Keeping up came up with the idea of using those meetings, but with the initiative to bring toys to them, according to the organization’s president, Julio Pérez, beginning the history of the cluster.
When tours weren’t recognized on Instagram or any other social network, they set out on their first route with those first donations to a drink in 2010, but did something to give to the community that helped them through that weekend. sheltered during
“Our idea was to celebrate Christmas in an unknown community every year. We loved traveling around this country and it inspired us to meet the Dominicans out of town; for the creature that makes its home without you knowing. and who lets you sleep there”. For these reasons stated by Perez, the Foundation promised not to travel empty-handed.
With that first experience he expanded the range of charity. Now they also brought school supplies, seeing that education is the most effective way for visiting communities to develop.
The first call for a collection of school supplies was also a drink. The element that stands out is because it was initially their identity as a youth group promoting the parties.
Perez reflects: “Sometimes we want to showcase that young person who is having fun and having a good time and loves urban music, but they forget that the same energy of this young person is a part of society. may be broadcast for profit.”
Setting himself as an example, he continued: “We were right on the road, and that’s where our project El Macotazzo was born.”
Despite the fact that the scheme became more relevant over time, the fact of not leaving the parties became an obstacle in the formation of the foundation. However, with maturity and experience, the qualities that are given to them today have been attained.
Perez considers the Foundation a brand. Today it is made up of over 300 volunteers who come with the aim of living the Macotista experience.
“I have had the opportunity to represent the Dominican Republic in the United States, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and Panama. We have come this far with our project, because it is a model of sustainability, an impact generator that will help us in this Makes you proud of what was born as a sport that can go so far”.
“Twelve Years of Macotazzo”
El Macotazo is the name of an activity to distribute notebooks to selected communities over the course of a weekend. In these locations, the Foundation holds talks and meetings with children, as well as their presence as adventurers to inspire them to discover a city that is few to visit, but that is full of life and opportunities. Is.
So far, 80 communities have been visited, 25,000 people have been affected, and 85,000 notebooks have been distributed. For this year, which will make its twelfth delivery of supplies, it aims to reach five more communities.
Perez says “El Macotazzo” is my eldest son. “La Gente” is a fraternity of seven friends who founded it without intending to make it a social project. We are high school mates, allies and colleagues.”
educate through tourism
“The Dominican Republic is considered a country that abstains from tourism, which provides economic benefits but does not provide a good education,” says Perez, of the tourism carried out with the idea of improving conditions in these places. Referring to it again.
He understands that the notebook is an excuse to reach out to the youth and show them that there are opportunities for development outside that city. It signifies a change in their way of thinking to such an extent that they question what they want and plan for their lives.
That’s why Perez confirms: “The model is attractive, because we always have young people who want to participate inspired by the issue of travel, get to know the country in a fun and affordable way, in addition to having a social impact. Huh.”
away from the city
All the volunteers at “La Gente” collect supplies in Santo Domingo, but the delivery always takes place out of town, even though these young people face obstacles along the way. For those cases, they apply the motto of “action before complaint” as a stamp and it makes them work perfectly.
“The deliveries are not compared to anything. Nor to the point of leaving town for the weekend to meet people. The important thing is to see that the volunteers become a hope and a light for those people. There are no words to express how it feels. People don’t tell you that, but when you see a smiling baby’s grateful face, it means a lot. The boy wants to express his satisfaction as the group is with him and gives him a chance.
behind the state
Despite the work done by these youths in favor of education in vulnerable communities, they have not managed to become part of the nation’s budget or any other government aid.
On several occasions they carried out procedures without positive results. Frustrated with the loss of time and money, he invested in his own projects and continued his work without government support.
“We have had the support of many individuals and small companies, such as the Ramos Group, an affiliate for many years,” he insisted.
The school supplies collection will take place at the Botanical Garden on July 30 and invitations are addressed to the whole family: Bring a pencil, eraser or a notebook and have a good time.
How to become a volunteer?
“La gente” is very accessible and is maintained because it is part of the myth and its principles. The fastest way that a person can volunteer is by communicating through their social network @lagentedo and in the form of a form on their website: “sweat in macotazzo”.