Home to Thousands in Need
Our mission, which includes a school and medical clinic, is located in the Dominican Republic’s Batey Lecheria, home to approximately 2,500 Haitian immigrants. This rural area lacks the most basic necessities, such as running water, electricity, and indoor plumbing. Rampant unemployment, hunger, and illiteracy create an environment of despair.
Brief History of Bateys
Bateys were created in the 1930s when cropping sugar cane was a profitable industry in the Dominican Republic. As a result, cane cutters were needed to harvest the sugar crops, and rudimentary company towns sprang up to house seasonal workers from Haiti. The Domincan Republic government had built barracks for the cane cutters, which became dwellings for the families.
Some Haitian workers put down roots in the Bateys. However, the sugar industry is no longer profitable, so residents of the Batey have little or no opportunity to work. Further exacerbating the problem of finding work, Haitian immigrants and their families have been denied citizenship, which also keeps them from accessing adequate healthcare and schooling for their children.
Bateys are among the poorest areas in the Dominican Republic. They are without an infrastructure that provides adequate food, dependable water, plumbing, medical care, and education. Your support to our community-building is crucial to the people of the Batey Lecheria, so please consider volunteering or donating today.