Health Education and Outreach
Batey communities face a number of critical challenges, not the least of which being lack of access to basic healthcare and health education. Simple measures—including education about the importance of clean water, washing one’s hands after using the loo, preventing sexually transmitted diseases, or disease prevention through diet and exercise—are virtually unheard of in these communities.
In partnership with local healthcare workers, The Batey Foundation identifies educational opportunities and provides the resources for outreach, advocacy campaigns, and intervention. Recent projects include:
- Mobile clinical services
- Reproductive health workshops in areas with high rates of pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases
- Comprehensive needs-analysis in Batey Naranjo
The Batey Foundation’s Community-Driven Infrastructure Program are projects that are all identified, planned, and implemented in direct collaboration with local leaders, community organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.
Over the years, TBF has completed over a dozen community infrastructure projects, including two multiuse community buildings, an elementary school, a baseball field, six homes, and a community water cistern, among other efforts.
TBF’s investments, both financial and through in-kind labor, are especially important because of the Dominican government’s minimal investment in these communities. As a result, many homes and the community at large lack access to clean water, electricity, gathering and play spaces, and other basic infrastructure.
The Batey Foundation and its partners finished the preschool in Naranjo at the end of 2019 and it now serves over 60 children between the ages of three and six. TBF is now working on adding additional classrooms in San Luis to provide more space for the teachers and students. We are also working on updating the community center in San Luis allowing for the community to be able to utilize it more often.
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