Project Esperanza: Fifty for 50
Rebuilding a Village: Help for the Poorest of the Poor in Batey 50.
Join us for a huge celebration of the completion of the rebuilding in Batey 50 - Saturday, July 9, 2016! Sign up for one of the groups that will be in La Romana at that time and do not miss this special time to thank the Lord and celebrate with other US volunteers, mission partners in La Romana, and the wonderful people of Batey 50. By this July, this village will have all new cinder block homes, a new church, a new school, a sustainable food garden, solar panels on the church and to provide power for irrigation, bedding for the families, and more!
The people who live in the sugarcane village known as Batey 50, about a two hour drive from La Romana, Dominican Republic, are the poorest of the poor. When visiting, it’s as though you are in a place and with a people the world has forgotten. Most homes have no foundation, their roofs are made of banana leaves or rusted corrugated tin. Every time it rains, their beds and food supplies get soaking wet.
In the past few years, progress has been made. All homes on Batey 50 now have biosand water filters providing potable water with which to drink and cook. A strong, safe church has been built, and in 2010 several latrines were dug and constructed. But we still need to address one of their most basic life needs . . . adequate shelter.
The goal: to build 50 homes for the residents of Batey 50. These homes are small and simple, but have concrete foundations and are a safe shelter from storms. Each house costs $7,800, and have been built by volunteers over the last several years through the generous donations of many individuals, churches, schools, and families.
As of January 2016, all but two new homes have been built for families on Batey 50, and these will be completed in the summer of 2016. Praise the Lord for this great start to providing for these people in great need.
For more information and to support this effort, please email or call the DR Mission Team at 203-626-2239.