Service Learning in the Dominican Republic
“Dominican Republic was definitely a life changing experience for me. Not only have I had a change of perspective throughout this trip, but a change of heart.” — Lorena
We are a group of dedicated students who are part of “Exploring Global Health in the Dominican Republic,” a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Public Health at Fresno State and the School of Medicine at the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic.
We are traveling to the Dominican Republic this summer as part of our service learning program designed to improve the health conditions of Haitian immigrants, known as batey residents. These families work in sugar plantations and reside in employer provided housing known as bateyes.
We are raising funds this month so we can provide food, sanitary napkins, mosquito nets, and other essential products to the Haitian people.
“I personally experienced a lot of emotions when I saw the living conditions – where parents struggle to feed their children, where they are prone to mosquitos that carry diseases and where access to healthcare can be challenging. It was heartwarming to see children’s faces light up with a smile and to see how grateful these people are for the little things.” – Grecia
Our efforts will give direct help to the Haitian families and allow us to gain applied public health experience. Your contribution will improve their quality of life. Please donate to our service learning project today. Every dollar counts and will make a difference.
-Students from the Department of Public Health, Dominican Republic Service Learning Project (Saul Armenta, Amanda Bustamante, Jennifer Cedillo-Arroyo, Ericka Corchado, Gabe Espinoza, Destany Franklin, Nathalia Godinez, Bree Godoy, Veronica Gomez, Emily Gonzales, Graciela Huerta, Grecia Lopez, Marie Martinez, Sunshine Thor, Carolyn Uribe, Elisa Werth)