The Fondo Quisqueya Foundation ("Fondo Q'" or "FQ"), is a small (501(c) (3) non-profit that provides low income Dominicans in the Dominican Republic ("DR") with scholarships and grants for educational and training purposes designed to assist them in bettering their lives and to help them attain personal development, skills, and advancement.
 
Formed in 1987 by ex-Peace Corps Volunteers ("PCVs") and staff who served in the DR, Fondo Q is supported by ex-PCVs and staff, and other friends of the DR, through donations and in-kind support. FQ has no paid staff.

It’s with a heavy heart that we communicate the passing on Saturday, July 6, of Tom Gittins. Tom was one of the founders and mainstays of Fondo. He attended our May board meeting and, even though he had serious physical challenges, was good humored and very much involved in the discussions about the future direction of Fondo. Tom’s health had been failing and he knew the end was near. In the hospital he was surrounded by family and friends -- he sang and joked and talked about wanting to have rock 'n' roll at his memorial service. He was 79. He will be deeply missed by all his friends and family.

Out of respect for Tom we have decided to postpone the annual meeting that was scheduled for Saturday, July 13, at the home of Tito Coleman. Be on the lookout for a new date and time.

The Board of Fondo Quisqueya

 
 

 
Oscar Pablo Sánchez video (click on photo)
 
Profile on a Lou Ferrand Scholarship Fund recipient Oscar Pablo Sánchez.
 
Institution: Universidad Católica Nordestana, San Francisco de Macoris
Field of Study: Arquitectura 
Current Year: 2
Oscar is a true leader of his community and has lead several housing projects in his community and the surrounding areas through the foundation he founded. This was where his dream came from to be an architect. He is also running for mayor of his municipality in hopes to change the political scene and focus on the needs of the people. This year Oscar won the highest award from Ministerio de Juventud, which will now cover his tuition and Fondo Q will continue to support his transportation, books and materials. 

 
 
 
Enjoy the video above (click on photo) to learn more about Fondo Quisqueya's partnership with the Instituto Técnico Superior Comunitario, assisting low-income Dominicans with the costs of transportation so that they may pursue their vocational dreams at the community college.

  
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Fondo Quisqueya P.O. Box 6628, Falls Church, VA 22040-6628 Email: fondoquisqueyausa@yahoo.com