Former “urban model”, turned entrepreneur, Rosa Acosta recently made a 10-day trip to Tanzania to volunteer with the Living Water Children’s Centre (LWCC). LWCC was founded in 2003 after founder, Anza Kimaro, took one orphan into his home.  Ten years later, LWCC is  home to more than 50 Tanzanian orphans.

While volunteering at LWCC, Acosta documented her trip via her Instagram account. She also encouraged others to donate to the organization.

But no good deed goes uncriticized. A few people took issue with the fact that Acosta was volunteering in Tanzania and not in the Dominican Republic, where she’s from.  Acosta took the criticism as an opportunity to explain why she choose to volunteer in Tanzania:

A few of my fellow Dominicans ( who I’m pretty sure have NEVER volunteer once in their life ) have not just ask buy kind of “demand” as to why I’m volunteering in Tanzania and not DR. “DR is very poor too” Mmmm NO SH-T Sherlock! I lived there 22 years and most of my family still there so you are not telling Me anything new. Yes DR is very poor, still can’t compare to Tanzania, but that is irrelevant since I am NOT here making it rain on the kids. DR might be poor but our culture is much more advance in terms of equal rights for Male/Female.

In DR Girls are not being circumcised, giving on marriage in exchange of a few cows and chickens to a man much more older than them before they are even born or rape on daily basis by their own father. Girls in DR are able to go to school just like the boys unlike here in Tanzania. So just know that I am here working towards a cause bigger than a few dollars. I am here volunteering my TIME, teaching BALLET and assisting at the school and hospital, and most of all giving the kids LOVE (not money). Now let me tell you about a few things I have done in DR: I volunteer for 5 years at Hogares Luby In Santiago. I had a Ballet school in La Vega with a full scholarship program for talented girls that couldn’t afford the classes. But my biggest charity in DR is MY FAMILY. I sent every year what for some of you looks like a year worth of salary. My mother is retire and well taking care of by Me and my brother. So now mis amigos let’s take all that energy you put into what I am or should do and use it towards what YOU are doing or SHOULD do. Let’s do it together and sing Guan tu guan tu tri fol fai Animo Animo Animo!!! Now go do something nice doesn’t matter where. Oh and btw lets not forget that we Dominicans are Africans too donate here: Livingwaterchildren. org or to the group I feed the homeless every Wednesday @wefeedthehungry myfriendshousela.org or go buy a #bodybyrosaacosta and help Me at cossamia.com

Clutchettes, what do you think about the criticism Acosta received and her response?

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  • well good for her. if that’s what she volunteers her time to, that’s her prerogative. instead of people who are doing nothing but worrying about what she’s not doing, they should do something that they are passionate about. everyone has different interests. some people may feel more passionately about having a greener planet, someone else may feel strongly about animal rights, illiteracy, women’s rights, homelessness, whatever. at the end of the day, it’s all about improving the life of others and ourselves. each person can’t take on all issues, it’s exhausting.

  • forrealdoe

    Aplausos! Love her response. Now if some American black people could stop criticizing Oprah for her contributions in South Africa with her school, I would be really happy. She recieved the same criticism for opening that school as Acosta is getting by people who don’t do sh*t to even help keep the streets clean in their own neighborhoods. People just need to shut the hell up sometimes

  • I’m interested to see all the places her detractors are going to volunteer at… Until that they can have a whole STADIUM of seats.