A batey is a sugar cane settlement of Haitian immigrants living in rural Dominican Republic. Bateyes consist of barracks and a few houses. The people living in these towns face extreme and unrelenting poverty.
In Batey Baraguana 450 people live where not everyone has access to running water, adults and children can only count on one meal a day, and the drinking water that they do receive two times a week is not clean.
The donations from this campaign will go to creating a program that funds the materials and teaches twenty women from Batey Baraguana how to sew. They will also learn how to read and write which will be useful in their business skills. These women will then be able to sell the items they make in markets, stores, and to local people.
A small percentage of each sale will be donated to a scholarship fund that will pay for one child to attend a university. Right now in 5 bateyes - which include over 2,500 people, only one person has a degree from a university. The program is being overseen by Walner Palvetus, a man who grew up in Batey Baraguana himself. Palvetus is that one person who was able to receive a degree from a university - he came up with this project as a way to give back to his village.
This project will leave a lasting effect on Batey Baraguna because the women will be able to sustain themselves so that hopefully they no longer have to live hand to mouth.
The greater impact is that these women will be able to continue to use their skills to provide for themselves and their families even after the campaign is over.
We are also hoping to get donations of sewing machines. If you have one that you do not use or would be willing to send, please contact Waner Palvatus at [email redacted] for more specific information.
Thank you so much for your support.