SPRINT Dominican Republic 2013

Seattle Pacific University students learning and serving alongside local leaders in the Dominican Republic.

Archive for the month “June, 2013”

Our Amazing Weekend

Hello Friends and Family,

We have had an amazing few days here in the Dominican Republic. We cannot believe we have already been here for a week. 

On Saturday, we were able to continue working on delivering ProVectors to the homes in Los Robles. We brought enough to put in every home so on Saturday we placed about half. We were amazed by how the much the community of Los Robles works together. The principal of the school helped us navigate all the homes we needed to find along with some of the community health members. Even some of the kids in the village were interested in our project and wanted to learn about it. They ended up taking charge, helping us deliver the ProVectors. It is amazing to see the empowerment that is growing throughout Los Robles. The people of the village are interested in the health of their community and want to learn about it to teach others. Later in the afternoon, we were taken into town to see the city of Barahona. We visted the market to pick up some fresh fruit. We were also joined by another team of 22 people who we have been able to get to know and be in fellowship with here at The Casa. 

Sundays are days of rest here in the DR. So Sunday morning we attended Julio’s church and absolutely loved it. Juanchi, our COTN host, was able to translate the service for us. After lunch we got to visit the beautiful beach’s of the Dominican. We drove to the top of the mountain to have an amazing view of the water. As we were driving there, we stopped at a waterfall as well as a hot spring. The water was crystal blue and was a perfect temperature to be refreshed by the hot weather.

Today, we completed our ProVector project. We were able to deliver all of the ProVector flowers to all the homes in Los Robles. We were surprised by how quickly we got this project done. We thank God for giving us this opportunity to place these in homes to help prevent Malaria and Dengue Fever. We know these have been proven to be effective so be praying that these homes will notice a smaller population of mosquitos. 

We are all having an amazing time and see God working in each our lives. Continue to pray for health and safety!! 

Love, 

Team DR

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Health Histories and ProVectors Part One

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hola familia y amigos! 

Greetings from the beautiful Dominican Republic. The past few days have been spent planning and getting acquainted with the communities and the projects we will be doing. 

Thursday morning we had the privilege of going to the I Love Baseball program which is run by Children of the Nations. When we got to the field (after waiting out a “rainstorm”… apparently Dominicans do not work at all when it rains), we were introduced to the players and staff and were told about the program. This is a cool program designed to develop spiritual, moral, mental, and physical growth in teenage boys who, like many Dominicans, dream of playing professional baseball. The coaches monitor grades and spiritual growth while also teaching about baseball. Hopefully, we will be able to go back sometime before we leave to watch them play.

Thursday afternoon we were fully immersed in the Bateys as we assisted the clinic staff in filling out health history forms for the children in each home. We were divided up into pairs and worked along side doctors, nurses, and COTN staff to visit the homes to interview the families…. entirely in Spanish. Fortunately, the staff and the families were very patient with us and were eager to help us learn. This ended up being a fun experience for us all. We were also amazed by the humility and hospitality of the families, despite extreme poverty. Even if they only had a one-room house and a few plastic chairs, they would do anything they could to make us feel at home. Many of these homes had a single parent and five or six children. It was nice to be able to hear some of their stories and learn more about their lives. 

This morning we continued to work on the health history forms in Los Robles. We felt more comfortable this time around and many of us were able to start asking the questions to the families and being more independent with filling out the forms. We also got to attend the health club meeting of Los Robles which is when many members of the community meet to discuss the goals of improving community health and sanitation. We were impressed by this because COTN is working on empowering the community to develop leaders to work within their own village.

After our daily siesta and being “loco americanas” (the nickname the Dominicans gave us when we were sitting in the sun instead of the shade), we headed back to Los Robles to start working on placing ProVectors in the homes. Along the way we were still shown extreme hospitality and the children were absolutely adorable and would strike a pose for pictures. We all agree that the people we have met while we have been here are so full of life and are inspiring to us. They are beautiful and friendly people.

In other news, our team is getting along very well. We are forming great relationships with each other and with the COTN staff, as well as our new friends Lauren and Megan who are intern coordinators for the summer here. Tonight we went for our first swim at the Casa and are planning on doing daily water aerobics (lead by Andrea). Even just during downtime we are always laughing and enjoying ourselves. The coffee here is SUPER strong but wonderful… and the people here love taking espresso shots throughout the day… it’s pretty great. Writing this blog post, for instance, was a struggle for the team, but provided for lots of laughs.

Thank you for your prayer and support. Prayer requests: please pray for overall health of the team, for us to have open hearts to be willing to engage the culture, and for us to change the world, killing one mosquito at a time (with our awesome ProVector devices). 

 Adios!

Andrea, Natalie, Nichole, Millie, Lily

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Tours and Introductions

Today we started with a tour of the Children of the Nations office and met all of the staff members. They were all so welcoming and gracious towards us being there. We then got to tour the Clinic of Barahona that partners with COTN. It was very small with only 2 operating rooms and one recovery room with a total of 3 nurses on staff. There are only surgeries done 3 times a year because the surgeons are US doctors who are flown down to do the operations. There was also a small dentist room where the dentist works 2 days a week. This clinic is ran strictly by support and donations. The children who cannot afford going to the hospital can come to the clinic for free. It was eye opening experience to see how diverse the medical field is here in the DR than in America. 

Today, we also got to walk around 3 bateys and 2 barrios. The kids were so joyful and playful. We enjoyed our time in these communities and are excited to start working on our community health project tomorrow. We were also fortunate enough to be able to the brand new University that was built here in Barahona. It was the most beautiful building we have seen.

We pray for time management as we take the time to invest in the kids within the community as well as getting the community health and pro-vector projects done as efficiently as possible. 

More pictures will come soon! 

WE ARE IN THE DR!

WE ARE IN THE DR!

After 10 hours of flying and 4 hours of driving (on a Dominican Highway), we have made it to House Betesda of Children of the Nations in Barahona. We have met staff members and other teams who we will be working with over the next 3 weeks. We got to shower and are now relaxing under an open hut with a nice caribbean breeze. We are SO EXCITED to finally be here! We ask you to keep us in your prayers for mosquito bites, health and safety as we prepare to work on our projects in the communities.
We are having an awesome time so far and are so excited to see what God has in store for us here! Thank you everyone for your support

Love,
Team DR

They’ve arrived!

I just received word from Children of the Nations that the team has arrived safely and is on their way to Barahona. Watch for an update from them soon!

Owen.

There they go!

This afternoon Lily and Nichole met at SeaTac Airport, headed for Santo Domingo. On the way they’ll connect with Millie, Andrea and Natalie.

We’ll keep you updated when they arrive. If you have questions in the meantime, please call me at (206) 427-1296.

Thanks for your support of this team!

Owen Sallee
SPRINT Advisor

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Learn More!

DR SPRINT presentation

Here’s a snapshot of this team’s trip, outlined in the group’s final presentation.

Training Class Final Presentations!

SPRINT Class Final

At last night’s SPRINT training class each team presented a final report on their trips and the work of their host partners.  This group of 30 students is looking forward to exciting and mutually-enriching experiences around the world this summer!

 

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