It’s been a busy month for us at Partners of the Americas as we have had the pleasure of announcing the winners of 38 grants, totalling $1.2 million dollars. The winners were higher education institutions located across 7 continents, 27 countries, and 24 U.S. states. (Next time, Antarctica!).
Partners of the Americas has been implementing our Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 25 years, making it one of our longest-running programs in the history of our organization.
Since its incorporation in 1965, the Tennessee Partners chapter has worked to connect with youth in Latin America through sport and leadership programs. Most recently, they arranged for a baseball team of young men ages 12 and 13 from the Dominican Republic to travel to Lebanon, Tennessee for the town's Babe Ruth baseball tournament.
It is estimated that throughout the 20th century, the Dominican Republic lost 75 to 85 percent of its forest coverage from deforestation. While deforestation has slowed over the past couple of decades, the country is still recovering from the high levels that occurred, mostly between the 1960’s and 1980’s.
The Santo Domingo Stars - a baseball team of young men from the Dominican Republic aged 11 to 13 years old - visited Lebanon and Nashville, Tennessee from May 27 to June 1st. While there, the team had the opportunity to play in the Tennessee Baseball Players Association (BPA) tournament.