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 is what we consider to be the “bricks and mortar” of our organization. These projects 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 most vulnerable women in Batey San Luis and Naranjo make less than $3 per day selling product in the street. Only 32% of women in a Batey have access to credit or loans with a high interest rate (20% of the amount) to start an income-generating activity.
TBF supports 30 women in Batey San Luis and Naranjo with micro-finance projects that strengthen the women's business capacities. Micro-finance groups allow women to be central agents in the family organization. This has an impact on the well-being of the family: improving generational income, stability, and leadership in women's cooperation. Empowered women in families will lead to more investment in children’s health and education.
The Batey Foundation and its partners finished the preschool in Naranjo at the end of 2019 and it now serves over 70 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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