San Pedro de Macoris (“La Loma”)

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 La Loma Dominican Republic

Community Overview: The “LaLoma” project serves the communities of Consuelo and Quisqueya.

Service Area Population: Approximately 16,770

Project Partner: The Grey Sisters, the Daughters of Charity and the Ministry of Health

From their founding in 1926, the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception followed in the tradition of St. Marguerite d’Youville in responding to the changing needs of the world in which they live. Grey Sisters’ ministries have been as varied as their geographic locations – education, health care, care of seniors, pastoral care, prison ministry, music education, work with a focus on social and ecological justice.  The Daughters of Charity serve the poor and marginalized in many different types of ministry such as healthcare, social services, teaching, counseling, prisons, and many other ministries.  They have a deep passion for changing the world one person at a time.  In the U.S. the Daughters founded what has become the largest non-profit health system in the country.  They are an international community of over 19,000 women in more than 90 countries.

Project Overview:  Based on the success achieved in improving maternal and child health in the batey communities by providing mobile healthcare services and training community health workers (CHWs), MFH was asked to help establish a model training program for CHWs in collaboration with two religious communities and the Ministry of Health. The project was such a success after its first year, the Ministry of Health considered “taking it national.”