November 7, 2017
I just returned with a group of volunteers from yet another successful visit and board meeting in Bani. The Elizabeth Seton Center is flourishing, now serving 225 children. Our accomplishments this time around include:
Our awesome volunteers included board members Pascale Gras, Dr. Sue Torrey and student volunteer Anthony S. Clough. Thank you to Dr. Melo (OB/GYN) for allowing us to stay in her beautiful home in Bani. And special thanks for our driver Alberto for getting usfrom one place to another in one piece. The DR has the most number of traffic accident related deaths in the world! And most special thanks to (soon-to-be Dr.) Jasmin and Esther Riediger for their amazing translation services.
(While I’m not keeping track), this is my 30th trip to the Dominican over the past 14 years. While the conditions in the country have improved somewhat, the community of La Saona is still one of the most impoverished communities in the northern hemisphere. We are proud to say that ALL of our children leave the Center fully nutrition-recovered and ALL go to elementry school. This Center is the life blood of the community and it is your sustained giving over the years tat has helped us provide education, clean water, safe daycare and medical services to these families.
Thank you and please consider a donation for 2017.