Sunday, February 9, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
We were present for the presentation of the last orthopedics recipient this week to a man named Julio. Julio was driving his motorcycle without lights when he collided with a car coming at him in reverse also without lights. Rather than repair his fractured leg, the national medical health system cut his leg off. They even did that poorly leaving him a very short stump that made it difficult to make a workable prosthetics. He was so very happy to receive the help the church gave him to receive a new leg. He even climbed some stairs as demonstration of his new found ability to walk.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
We traveled to Higuey this week to look at two potential humanitarian projects. One is for an orphanage of Haitian children whose sleeping quarters burned to the ground just last Saturday. Our hearts went out to the little group of Haitian kids huddled in the corner. We hope we can do a project for them.
VIRGIN OF ALTAGRACIA
We took advantage of the opportunity while we were in Higuey to visit a famous spot in the Dominican Republic called the “La Basilica de Altagracia”. January 21 will be the Virgin of Altagracia feast day during which thousands of people pilgrimage to Higuey for the chance to file past the image of the Virgin of Altagracia where they promise to do things in exchange for favors or miraculous intervention by the Virgin. Many people will crawl long distances to get into the shrine to wait their turn to stand before the image. Another big day for the Virgin happens during August of each year. Herds of cattle are driven to the Basilica in honor of the Virgin and again to solicit favors. The cattle are given to the priests who sell the cattle to pay for basilica upkeep expenses.
The image of the Virgin has been around since the late 1600’s and is said to have miraculously appeared in different locations and performed many miracles.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The highlight of the week was a tour we organized of the
chicken/garden projects in Monte Plata with our supervisors the Crismons and
the Area Welfare Manager, Julio Cesar Acosta.
Julio, as part of his duties, has visited numerous chicken projects
scattered throughout the Caribbean area.
But he had never visited our project in Monte Plata. The scope and design of our project is unique
among all the Caribbean projects because it incorporates a “kit” idea for 12
hens and a rooster and includes a garden with each family project. Most people were skeptical of what we were
doing, but we are beginning to see results and after this visit we were so
pleased to have Julio give his approval and support of what we are doing. It made us so happy! We have a sense of great accomplishment and hope
the seed of this idea will bear fruit long after we have returned home. The
following are pictures taken during the tour.