A mission from the Hhart

For the second year in a row, I’ve enjoyed working with dedicated men and women to provide much needed humanitarian services to the impoverished people and villages on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Haitian humanitarian assistance and relief teams (aka Hhart), under the leadership of Rotarian, Steve Wallace of Wasaga Beach, has been helping to improve the lives of impoverished people in Dominican bateyes since 2011.

The Rotary sponsored hhart 10 and 11 missions attracted 41 devoted volunteers and the necessary funding to bring medical and dental services, road and roof construction, waterworks improvements, home improvements for seniors, montessori school supplies, community school kitchen renovations, documenting seniors’ life stories, installation of solar light systems, eyeglasses distribution, and photography services to the bateyes (former sugar cane worker villages).

Our photography team documented the hhart volunteers befriending and helping the villagers. We also shot school and family portraits, then printed and delivered them to the people. Hhart provided the sand, gravel and cement for experienced construction workers to cover the villages earthen, rocky roads and walkways with smooth concrete. Walls of the local school were repainted, new shelving and lighting and ceiling fans were installed, and hundreds of new Montessori-style teaching materials significantly increased the school’s ability to provide quality educational experiences. There was always time for reading, colouring, skipping or walking with the children. And lastly, the local sewing guild received many bolts of new material to make clothes for orphans.

Hhart is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of these forgotten people. For more info: www.facebook.com/hhart.Info.