Friday, January 13, 2012

Dominican Republic Country Information

The  Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island Hispaniola which it shares with Haiti.  Pico Duarte in the Cordillera Central Mountain range peaks at a little more than 10,000 feet in elevation.  They also have a small lake below sea level.
The DR has a population of more than 10 million people.  The language is Spanish and the dominant religion is Catholic.  Men shake hands firmly when they greet.  Women will kiss eah other once on the right cheek.  People are animated in their conversation, point with puckered lips instead of a finger.  Wrinkling one's nose indicates one does not understand, rubbing one's fingers and thumb together signifies money, and an upright wagging forefinger means "No".  To express disapproval, one points (with lips) at the object or person and rolls the eyes.  Tapping one's elbow with a closed fist means that someone is cheap.  "Come here" is indicated with a palm down and fingers together waving inward.  One says "pssst" to get another's attention.
The main meal is at midday (comida) and often lasts 2 hours.
Most meals feature rice along with such favorites as habichuelas (beans).  A meal of rice, beans, and chicken is nicknamed la bandera referring to the colors of the national flag.
There is a bout 16% unemployment with the balance severely underemployeed.
The Dominican Republic is the most popular resort country behind Brazil and Mexico.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Purpose of Mission Call

The Humanitarian Services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints works with partner organizations world wide to alleviate suffering, promote self-reliance and provide opportunities for service.  The work primarily assists those who are not members of the LDS Church.  Our role will be to develop and implement humanitarian projects with many different charitable and government organizations and implement other welfare initiatives as assigned.
Initiatives include the following:
Click here for some good examples of projects which have been done in the Dominican Republic in the past:  LDS Charities

Key Dates

26 March 2012 Report to the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah
2 April to 5 April Receive additional training at the Welfare Square Center in Salt Lake City
6 April 2012 Travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic