About ICOF Founders & Partners
P. B. & Jean Dye
In July 2005, we were planning P. B.’s Fiftieth birthday celebration here in the Dominican Republic
where we spend about six months per year. Many of our friends were planning to attend and began asking what to bring P.B. for his birthday. Finally, I just asked PB what to suggest and he said, “Have them bring things for the children at the orphanage.” Herein began our first gathering of needed items for the Dominica Orphanage & School.
This is our ninth year for assisting with “Feeding the Children” at the Dominica Orphanage. In addition, ICOF and Blue House Effect jointly raised funds to expand the dormitory and lifeskills building. We give thanks to Hal and Kathy Crosswell who coordinated two construction programs at the Dominica School thru their affiliation with the United Methodist Volunteers in Missions (UMVIM) programs. Funds were provided by the groups as well as the P B Dye DoublePositive Golf Classic.
We have had great joy in jointly providing scholarship funds for eight graduates from the Dominica School. It is thru the Vestal-Keils Scholarships as well as our founders, Don and Georgina Binns, that we are able to continue this support to these outstanding students.
In the Dominican we just completed our sixth year in collaboration with Hal and Kathy Crosswell of Columbia, S.C., in providing eye exams to eleven of the programs whom we serve.
We also worked with local volunteers and students who assisted in compiling data in support of a shoe distribution to over 2,200 students in the programs we serve.
Since 2005, P B and I have been sharing stories of children that we have met around the world. We have been blessed to share the experiences.
In 2013, we were pleased to coordinate neck surgery at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, CANADA, for a young boy from Tanzania who was severely burned as a child. Now he has good movement in his neck, is attending his local school and taking English lessons.
ICOF sponsored a young man in Tanzania to attend a two year program to become a road construction engineer.
Also in 2013, ICOF successfully coordinated cornea transplant surgery for a young 19 year old student who was in danger of losing her sight.
We are currently assisting more than 200 local students to participate in the Junior Achievement Program.
All of this work was accomplished because of your belief in the work that we do. It is with most humble hearts that we give thanks for all that has been done.
P B and Jean Dye