Mogote and Reparadero, DR
Mike Mayers: a Baseball Field and Sustainable Farm
In 2017, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mike Mayers played winter ball in the Dominican Republic, three short miles away from Mogote and Reparadero. He loved the people and he loved the land. This year, he dedicated his philanthropic efforts in part to building a baseball field in Mogote for the children you see in this photo and a farm in Reparadero. With the project fully funded, the field in the photo is already being developed into a brand-new baseball field.
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Feed and Clothe the Children of Syrian Refugees
Striking Out Poverty partner Food for the Hungry is currently supporting 450 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon. Seattle Mariners shortstop Dee Gordon has a vision to support every one of these families with milk and diapers for three months. At a cost of $13,335 per month, his goal for 2018 is to raise $40,006.
Water Infrastructure and Filtration with the Ahmeds
People living in the Monte Plata region of Mogote have to walk as far as four hours each way to get water that isn't even drinkable. Arizona Diamondback shortstop Nick Ahmed and his wife Amanda have dedicated a portion of their Striking Out Poverty Campaign this year towards infrastructure that will provide running water and clean water for this community. This project is fully funded and will break ground in 2018.
Sustainable Farming and Commerce with Michael Wacha
The Dominican Republic has one of the best cacao bean–growing climates in the world. Cacao – the key ingredient in chocolate – represents a significant commerce opportunity for all farmers in the region (each farm can produce $40,000 in earnings for a community). St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha and Striking Out Poverty are committed to training six communities and developing land to not only produce and sell the beans, but also to grow high-nutrient sustainable foods for the region.
Baseball and Running Water to Support Achievement
Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily believes strongly in baseball role's in teaching him about teamwork, persistence, and keeping him focused on a bigger goal in life. His passion to help provide the same opportunity in a place where baseball is already so important led him and his wife Amanda to this effort. Enough money has already been raised to build a baseball field, and they are hoping to reach their goal in order to fully fund an infrastructure project to also provide running water to the village.
Specialized Training for Farmers and Building Community
This year, Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala chose to support La Cuneta – a resilient community living below the extreme poverty level. With 100 farms within two miles of the village, his focus was to build a baseball field at the center to bring people together, and specialized training for the neighboring farmers in order to strategically grow crops to more efficiently feed their families and help grow their businesses.
Camaron and Hoyo Oscuro, DR
Build Two Baseball Fields and a Farm with Luke Weaver
In January, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver and his wife Olivia visited the communities of Camaron and Hoyo Oscuro. After playing a game of pickup baseball on a beat-up field with the children there and seeing how the field is such a center of activity in these two rural areas, they were left feeling a sense of urgency to help improve the poor conditions. Their efforts this year include building baseball fields in both communities, as well as a sustainable farm.
Strike Out Poverty in Guazamito with Liam Hendriks
Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks and his wife Kristi are focusing their efforts this year on Guazuamita, a community of 250 families. Located in one of the poorest regions in the DR, the families lack running water, clean drinking water, and a usable baseball field. Their goal is to take care of all three, and want their friends, fans, and family to be a part of it. Liam says, "What if baseball not only inspired kids to dream, but also provided for their basic needs? I believe it can."
Clean Water in Reparadero with Chase Anderson
After a successful campaign last year to build a water purification system in the town of Mirador, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson is turning his attention to Reparadero, a community of 1,260 people an hour north. Lacking access to clean water, the families there are exposed to water-borne illnesses that keep children out of school, elevate medical costs, and continue the cycle of poverty. Help Chase go 2-0!
Build a Sustainable Farm Ecosystem with Tyler Lyons
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons believes deeply that no community should have to go without basic foods – especially when there's a easy solution around farming and education. He and his wife Jennifer have spent this year supporting an effort to build a farming and sustainable agricultural system and train, empower, and provide for 100 farming families. The project includes a partnership with exporters that will lead to sustainability for these families for years to come.