What is a Haitian Batey?
It is a community of Haitians that have been displaced into the Dominican society. They were originally brought to the Dominican by large sugar cane companies as low cost labor. When the companies pulled out of the country, they left little communities of Haitians throughout the Dominican displaced with nowhere to go or work. These communities range in population between 300 – 500 people. The average child has less than a 30% chance to survive to the age of 2 years old. Less than 20% of the adults will live to be 40 years of age. They have no access to clean drinking water and very little access to daily food. These communities are in dire need of assistance.
Bring Clean Water and Daily Food for 1 Year:
We will supply 4 ($100 each) Water Filtration Systems to each Batey, for a total of $400 per community. These water filters are low maintenance and will last a lifetime, if taken care of correctly. When combined these 4 filters will be produce 20 gallons of American grade clean water every 20 minutes, that’s over 480 gallons every 8 hours. These filters will be handled and maintained by our partners in each of the Bateys.
In addition, we will be supplying a daily feeding program to each of these Bateys. The cost will be $165 a month for each of the Bateys, which will supply a minimum of 600 meals a day to each community for 1 year. Our total cost for the year’s feeding program will be $1,980 per community.
The feeding program is a temporary solution that will run until the community’s long term solutions are in place. If the solutions are in place in the short term, then the program may become a supplement to their solutions. We see that the need is dire and they need help now, as we come alongside the locals to assist them in creating their long term solutions to this problem. This will help with long term sustainability.
Join a Team:
A Generous Life will have a team traveling to the Bateys to deliver and help set up the water filtration systems in August of 2013. If you would like to join the team and see firsthand the impact of this project, please fill out the application and get it in as soon as possible to reserve your spot. The cost of the trip is $1,250 per person plus the cost flights (flights range from $450 – $800 depending on your departing city). The $1,250 includes; all meals, hotel, insurance, transportation on the ground, and all team activities during the week.