A Life Lived for Others, is a Life Worthwhile
Outreach projects are extended to our employees´ relatives who are in need.
August 24, 2016 - Dominican Republic
About three years ago, the outreach programs started to focus on our own employees. In the beginning, the help was generally directed to our neighbors in nearby communities, but then we realized that it was easier (and it made more sense) to meet the needs of people who were closer to our family.
The orchestra leader´s name is Kirsten, or more commonly known as “Kiki”, and she is our dedicated hyper-friendly German Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator. She has been with NPH-DR since the very beginning when it started in 2003. The funds for each project come from groups of volunteers who gathered the money and directly work on the construction. Currently, the waiting list includes more than 50 employees.
This time it was Ramona´s turn. She is a cook in our home, but was also working as a tía in the past. To our surprise, the help she requested was not intended for herself, but for her mother. This elderly woman lives in a small brick house that was constructed in 2002 by the government through a social assistance program. Her former dwelling was destroyed by cyclone George in 1998.
The older house had neither a toilet nor a kitchen, and over the years she has been cooking in her bedroom (with charcoal and soot ) and using an improvised latrine outside. That is precisely what these projects could offer her with a small kitchen, a proper toilet, and a new roof made of tin and wood. The program made an exception with her case in offering help to an employee´s relative.
On this occasion, a group of thirteen girls from the NPH USA Northeastern region's Jr. Board provided the main workforce during five full days. It was coordinated by Kiki, and also incorporated neighbors and family members. The result is an improved quality of life for an elderly woman through very basic services, and of which are often a luxury in many impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic.
The poverty index in this country reached 40.9% of the total population in 2014 (World Bank). We consider it part of our mission to commit to lowering this number in as many ways as possible.