I was stumbling around trying to find an example of an ICT4D social media project in the Dominican Republic that was successful. What I came across was a project that was started using its social media to find volunteers and other resources through its online community. The project, LATISM in Montecristo, is one that involves the start of a summer camp that will provide educational resources and a cyber-lab which will provide the technological resources like computers and software for the village. The small village of Montecristo is located along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, lacking any resources for access to the Internet and information that is readily available to the rest of the world. The project also involves a source for ending the gender-gap that is seen in computer access, with Mamá por Mamá (mother to mother), which will provide mothers in the local area with computer and e-commerce skills.
This project is a pilot program that is being set up by LATISM, which is the largest organization of Latino and Latina professionals engaged in social media. This project could be seen as a difficult first step, conquering a massive task of getting a sustainable development project in a remote area of the Dominican Republic. This will prove to whether a non-profit based on social media has the ability to take roots in a marginalized area of the Dominican Republic.