We can’t believe it has already been so long since our Dominican republic trip ended! We can still hear all your vivacious laughter from over the palm trees and among the moos from the cows. Believe it or not, we even miss the boys rapping along to music in the mornings. Do you miss chicken and rice yet? We knew you would! You were such a memorable group. We want to say thank you for your effort, participation and energy that you put into the project this summer. We could not of done it without you.
We have fond memories of waking up to the smell of crispy bacon and the shrills of discovering 8 legged friends in your rooms. Heading on our way to work sites at Cano Dulce and Polanco, equipped with our speaker and singing on the top of our lungs. And the adventure days, anticipating the beautiful waters and the white sandy beaches.
We know that you guys are probably starting back with school (or college YAY) but we wanted you to know that we will forever remember the laughs and good times that we shared. I hope that you know your time spent in the Dominican Republic did truly make a lasting impact on the communities here, you have left your stamp in the cement and in our hearts.
You will forever be a part of the work done at Polanco, providing water for a community of over 200 people. Clean water management is fundamental to global health. Almost one tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by access to clean water, and you guys have played a part in this important puzzle by helping to install a water tank and provide bathrooms. We are paving the way to better health for these communities by putting in concrete floors, handing out vitamins and building bottle houses for families in need.
We hope that you take the skills and knowledge from this trip into all aspects of your life, and that you remain to be globally engaged, hardworking and motivated to make a different to the wellbeing of people all over the world. We were so impressed with the effort put into participating in our lectures, your feedback has helped us shape future programs, thank you! The commitment and consideration you all demonstrated on our clinic days was truly heartwarming.
Not to mention the hard work you guys did, we also had so much fun! You guys made the group as great as it was as you all brought your individuality to the table. We were all blown away from the variety of talents and confidence you showed during our show.
The stunning sunsets over the lodge, the screams over the spiders (and cows) GHI.A – you were amazing! The level of care and concern that you showed to each other, the staff and the members of the community will never be forgotten.
Here are Some special moments from our trip:
-Jumping into the blue water from the zipline at Dudu Lagoon
-The talent show! And all its surprises and cringes.
-Dancing on the side of the road in Caño Dulce.
-Learning how to make bottle bathrooms and sustainable health issues with Javier and Cameron
-Learning how to dance Bachata with Ideliza and Guillermo, and the dance off!
-Hilary attempting to save spiders from the rooms
-Getting caught in the thunderstorm on the beach at Gri Gri Lagoon
-The Social Justice lecture and all of its impact.
-The clinic brigades, and the playful and cheeky children
-The boat ride down Yasica River and trying sweet sweet fruits and sugar cane
Please stay connected! We hope to see you again.
Hilary, Averi, Guillermo and Ideliza