In Bani,we met a man named Francis who guided us around the town and showed us what we wouldn’t have noticed if he was not there. On the fifth day we got to visit Fralan Computer Services, which was started and is now run by Francis himself. In this school, they teach computer skills including accounting, pharmacy, economics, sales, and information technology where the students can get jobs in business and secretary services. Francis has teachers who teach 3 alternating shifts a day, morning, afternoon, and night. The students have to pay for their textbooks, and approximately 10 pesos a month for tuition, which equals to $0.25 CND. The teachers get paid by how much the work during the day. For one shift a day for the week, the teachers will get paid around 4000 pesos, which is $98.00 CND. Along with teaching us about the schooling available we got an insight on how Francis got to this stage in his life. He started by telling us about his dream as a young kid about opening a computer school called Fralan. His friends knew how much he wanted to open a school, so they started to call him Fralan. Francis goes on to tell us about how it was hard getting the funding and materials to build the school and after lots or perseverance we was granted the land to build the school. When the plans were finalized and the building was about to start being constructed, he was offered a well-paying paying job in Santo Domingo that include very good benefits. After lots of thought and prayers, he decided to go with his school even though it was a huge risk. But the risk was worth it! The school was built, and classes started with great success. There has been ups and downs in the running of his school, and sometimes there is the fear of not being able to run the classes because of fund shortages, but he manages to make it through at the end of the day! Francis explains to us his dreams in a simple quote, “If you feed them in the morning, they will be hunger again in the afternoon. But is you teach them how to make food, they will never be hungry again!” Francis has inspired me personally showing me that no matter how big of dreams you have, and even though they might seem impossible, through perseverance you can reach them. The visit was very enlightening and encouraging to me, and many of the other girls on this trip.
Until next time!