New Partnership in Dominican Republic

New Partnership in the Dominican Republic      

       Healing Hands International teamed with Feed My Starving Children to teach survival gardening in a rural community of the Dominican Republic in August.  The small rural community of Bately 106 is in the heart of sugar cane country.  Field workers make $10 to $15 per week harvesting sugar cane.  Their homes are one or two rooms with corrugated rusty metal sides and roof with a dirt floor.  Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Vice-president of International Programs Matt Muraski indicated his amazement in the results of the two building. The chairman of the community committee that hosted the training said, “This was a good project because it helped us help ourselves.”

HHI Director of Agriculture Carl Burkybile praised the trainees for being good students and working hard even though the workshop occurred during a couple of the hottest days of the year.  HHI volunteer Randall McCadams said, “We were blessed to have had the opportunity to work with these wonderful people.”  

Burkybile said, “Their smiles remind us that happiness does not come from having things.”

 When harvest began Project Committee Chair said, “There is no hunger here anymore.  We have what we need.” 

Written by Carl Burkybile

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