Student Agency Services
We do have 2 years serving those communities la Piedra 1, la Piedra 2 and la Jabilla. Small community with 1000 people, Those communities are located near Bani de Toro in the Municipality of Guerra, Santo Domingo Province, Dominican Republic. It is one hour from the National District and 25 minutes north of Las Americas Airport.
The community is composed of 60% Dominicans and 40% Haitians. This is a dry region, rough and rocky.
The land is called karst and is considered to be too rocky to be of any agricultural value. Karst lands are produced by the actions of carbonic acid, which accumulates in rainwater as it falls through earth's atmosphere, on limestone, which millions of years ago was ancient coral reefs that were lifted above the sea by geologic forces
The people of these communities live by raising chickens and and a little food, but not even enough for local consumption, and by doing occasional work for hire, called chiripeo by the locals. They live in extreme poverty. About 60% earn less than US$2 per day for lack of employment, and one in three earns less than US$1 per day, thus our focus on helping them.
a) Road access is very bad and the only available transportation is motorcycle taxies
b) Drinking water is only available for sale in 5-gallon bottles that cost US$1 each
c) Only 10% of the residents have access to electricity
d) There are no telephone lines, no Internet or other types of technology available
e) The closest first aid center is a 45-minute drive away
f) The closest school, which only has grades Pre-K through 4, is 30 minutes away
g) Sources of labor--none
We extremity need help with.
The real history, we will never going to receive help from the Dominican Government. Because, there are too many black Dominicans and Haitians living there. The black poor Dominican here have less opportunity to get help from the government.
Improve their quality of life.
•Challenges for Children
•Water and Sanitation
•Community Development Project
•My Roof Project
Community Development Project:
SAS/Guanin is implementing Community Development Project which is an integrated development project with the goal of improving the lives of the Dominican-Haitian communities of residents through community based activities in health and nutrition, education, infrastructure improvement and emergency preparedness. Health and nutrition strategies will improve access to high quality community-based health services in child health and nutrition; reproductive health knowledge; access to clean water and adequate sanitation infrastructure; knowledge of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STI); and hygiene. Education strategies will increase access to quality primary school education by improving infrastructure, materials, equipment and educational quality; and increasing community involvement in schools. In addition, SAS/Guanin Center, Inc., will improve housing and increase access to emergency safe shelters in these target communities which are vulnerable to hurricanes. My Roof project funded by the Guanin Center, Inc., and is implemented in 3 provinces and 3 communities in the municipal of Guerra, province of Santo Domingo.
SAS/Guanin Center, Inc, strives to build structures which benefit the whole Dominican-Haitian communities in the Dominican Republic and facilitate the improvement of community infrastructure. We have installed, and will continue to install bridges, irrigation channels, hydroelectric generators, and community and home solar lighting systems throughout the Dominican Republic. The preservation of natural resources is also essential not only for the well-being of future generations, but also for the environment. Our Natural Resources and Environment program aims to improve living conditions for the underprivileged by restoring the quality of soil and discouraging deforestation in especially environmentally degraded areas. Finally, we support access to micro-credits for farmers and other micro-enterprises for household income generation.
The plan proposes to improve access to services such as water, energy and sanitation so as to reduce the incidence of poverty-determining variables within a rights-based approach. This program takes into account the three pillars of the Convention of the Rights of Children: non-discrimination, the best interest of the child, development and participation.
Additional health opportunities include an adolescent training program aimed at developing life skills, life plans and disease prevention which would include topics such as health, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. SAS/Guanin plans to help girls and boys ages 7 to 12 develop their abilities and decision-making skills to enable them to positively affect their future.
We also work on improving the conditions of safe learning environments that also provide students with necessary school supplies and recreational facilities. Along with training for teachers, parents and children on children's rights and quality education, workshops on new technologies are available in many school districts.
We realize we have many more hours of hard work ahead of us as we continue on with our goals. Our driving force of this goal is to serve the children and the families of the Dominican and Haitian communities by providing much needed community services to those in need.
Development and Community