Help The Mothers of Yamasa

 Administered by Friends For Life International – a registered Canadian Charity

Please help us reach our goal to provide medical help and sustenance to 150 women and their babies in the 8 bateyes and communities within the impoverished region of Yamasa, Dominican Republic.

In April 2014, we went on a recognizance trip to take stock of their needs for ourselves. We came home with many heart-wrenching stories. This is what some of the moms had to say:

"This program is a gift from God. The only help I receive.”

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Mariana Perez - 34 years old; Batey El Cano. Mariana's husband abandoned her when he found out she was pregnant with their 6th child.

"I learnt how to feed my baby properly. I was taught that I am only to breastfeed my baby till she is 6 months old. I did not know I was not supposed to feed my newborn solid foods."

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Mariline – 19 years old; Batey El Cano.

Mariline's daughter is 2.5 years old. She has a cranial deformity. This toddler was very sick as a baby and is now doing well thanks to the "Yamasa Mom & Baby" Program. She does have a problem with one of her eyes and remains in the program to benefit from priceless medication.

Our doctors in the field confirm the harsh reality of these families:

"Since the program is in the bateyes, the mortality rate has diminished for moms and babies... these expectant mothers are simply not able to pay the $10 to $15 transport cost into downtown Yamasa for a medical appointment." Dr Indira Sigaran Hernandez.

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Baby receiving medical care in Batey Los Jovillos, Dominican Republic.

Friends for Life International is a registered Canadian charity that supplies medication and health care to the poor of Yamasa, Dominican Republic and the Haitians living in the surrounding bateyes and communities. It is run entirely by a team of volunteers and a volunteer board.

Some Facts on our “Yamasa Mom & Baby” Program:

Reach: 150 Mothers & babies.
Population: Materially impoverished, undereducated pregnant women living in Haitain bateys in malnutrition with no access to clean water, food nor medical assistance.
Location: Yamasa, Dominican Republic.
Need: Prenatal and Postnatal Professional Medical Examinations, Medication, Vitamins, General Health, Nutrition Hygiene & Education.
Administered: Locally by 2 doctors and 2 nurses that travel rurally to Moms & babies.

Please donate now! 100% of donations go directly to helping the moms and babies with their needs.A tax receipt is available for donations of 20$ and over and will be supplied to your mailing address in February 2015- make sure to provide us with your e-mail address and we will be in contact with you. 

Thank you,

Christa & Kaitlyn – Co-Directors, The Yamasa Mom & Baby Program
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