FC: Dominican Republic | Peace Corps Project Samantha Juliano November 22, 2011
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3: washing machines here! | Artifacts
4: The Hike
5: Dear Mom and Dad, Today was my first day on the island. Because it was the first day I decided to a little exploring before I really got to work. So what I did was take a tour in Samana called the bike and hike, figuring it would help me get to know some of the land better. First thing we did was go on a bike ride through the countryside. While riding, we mostly rode on dirt roads, which are the majority of the roads in rural Dominican Republic. While going through I didn’t see many houses, and the few that I did see were very dilapidated. There was one thing that struck me as odd about the houses, though. The floor of the houses were made out of marble, while the rest of the house was pretty much mud. According to our tour guide, it turns out that some of their mountains are pure marble. But instead of mining it for money, they prefer to live that simple life rather than have all that industry in their land. The mountains are so beautiful, you can see the swirls of the marble where parts of the mountain where it chipped away. It is truly breathtaking. On the hike, we walked to the edge of the shore line, which isn’t exactly the shore line we see when we go to the beach. It was more like a cliff. And in the rock wall where we went was a hole. This hole is called a blowhole, yes kind of like a whale’s blowhole. When the tide rushes in, the water sprays out of the blowhole like a geyser. Our tour guide threw a coconut down the blowhole, and a few seconds later it was blown right back out. It was astounding. After that, there was a little boy native to the land that walked up and had a foot-long machete in his hand. I was so surprised and amazed that I was speechless. This little boy that is the same age as Theresa is carrying around a knife that could cut through bone. I was even more shocked when our tour guide took that machete and cut a coconut clean in half in one drop of the knife. The coconut was delicious too. I didn’t particularly like the milk but the actually coconut was amazing. Overall, my first day here has been amazing, filled with many astonishing moments. It is also a sad sight, seeing the way much of the rural areas of this country are in shambles. I’ll be sure to write again soon about the work I will be doing. Love, Sam
6: As trash piles up, agencies scramble to fix landfill road Santo Domingo. - The ministries of the Environment, Public Health and Public Works, jointly with the Greater San Domingo city councils, Thursday adopted measures to deal with the crisis stemming from the ruined road to the landfill at Duquesa. Environment minister Ernesto Reyna said Duquesa will now operate round-the-clock, with more heavy equipment, and access by people while garbage trucks unload will be also restricted. Reyna also announced the repairs of the landfill’s access highway, now along the Airport at El Higuero, while the reconstruction of the highway at El Casabe concludes.
8: Dear Mom and Dad, One of the projects that I am helping out with now is called the Women's Conference Project. This project inspires me so much. It is designed to be a conference where women from all over the Dominican Republic can come and learn how to live healthier lives and make more informed decisions. It is made so that women from different parts of the country can help each other and learn from each other. The conference is supposed to teach the women mostly about: HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, healthy cooking/nutrition, healthy pregnancies, illness prevention/basic sanitation, breast and cervical cancer detection and awareness, healthy relationships/domestic violence, working in teams, resolving group issues, how to develop a project/action plan, income generation projects, family budgeting, and finally famous women in the DR. I find it so inspiring that we are teaching these women to be more in control of their lives. Women are such an essential part of life in the home and just everyday life, and it is important that they know that and are informed. These issues are ones that relate to women almost directly, and therefore, women can now make more educated decisions and lead more successful and healthier lives. Our hope is that these women will travel back to the communities they come from and spread the knowledge they have acquired. We hope this creates a chain effect in which the overall wellbeing of everyone in the country is improved. I just love volunteering with this project. I miss everyone at home tremendously and will write again as soon as possible. Love, Sam
10: Official admits IMF demands 18% higher electric bill | Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Government on Wednesday was prodded to admit the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) demand to raise the cost of electricity by 18%, as part in the Stand-by agreement signed in 2009, and which involves US$1.7 billion in credits. | Economy minister Temístocles Montas said the government discusses that aspect with the IMF and acknowledged some difficulties with the pact have surfaced, but affirmed it still intact and noted yesterday’s bond issue as proof. “The evidence the agreement is intact was the placing of US$250 million in sovereign bonds in the markets yesterday, if a problem had existed the bonds wouldn’t have been placed.”
13: Haitians flocking in droves to Dominican side face harsher law | Santo Domingo.- President Leonel Fernandez signed Thursday the decree on the regulation to enforce General Immigration Law 285-04, during a ceremony conducted in the offices of the Immigration Agency. The measure comes just two weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the country on its treatment of descendants of Haitians, and amid growing concern for the massive influx nationwide of those nationals, who despite obtaining health and other free services, don’t pay taxes given their participation in an informal economy.
14: Dear Mom and Dad, There are two more projects that I have started working on. One is called Ecological Bathrooms, and the other is called Hygiene and Latrines. They both have to do with the fact that about a third of the population is without a latrine or bathroom of any sorts. This means they are forced to use the cane fields and rivers and canals. When they go in the cane fields, it pollutes the soil and then the crops in the soil. The goal here is to reduce their risk of gastro-intestinal infections and to improve hygiene. Also, we hope that it will increase skills and knowledge about proper hygiene. When they choose to go in the rivers and canals, it pollutes the water they use for bathing and cooking. This, plus the proximity to Haiti, increases the threat of cholera. This is why we have chosen to construct 15 ecological latrines in this community. The community members will be involved in all aspects of the planning process. In addition, health promoters will be teaching the people ways to maintain the bathrooms, plus proper sanitation. I hope this project makes a difference in the way these community members live their lives. I miss you guys very much and I’ll write again as soon as I can. Love, Sam
17: Dominican Republic to Deport THousands of Illegal Immigrants Under New Plan | Santo Domingo- The government of the Dominican Republic announced a new crack down on illegal immigration Wednesday that will lead to the ouster of thousands of Haitians who escaped a devastating earthquake last year. Any migrants lacking appropriate documents will be deported immediately, sad Immigration Director Jose Ricardo Taveras.
18: CONSTITUCION DE LA REPUBLICA DOMINICA DE 1994 -------------------------------------------- Votada y proclamada por la Asamblea Nacional en fecha 14 de agosto de 1994. LA ASAMBLEA NACIONAL EN NOMBRE DE LA REPUBLICA Constituida en Asamblea Revisora de la Constitución, declara en vigor el siguiente texto de la CONSTITUCION DE LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA
19: CONSTITUCION DE LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CONSTITUTION Votada y Proclamada por la Asamblea Nacional en fecha 26 de enero de 2010. Voted and Proclaimed by the National Assembly on 26 January 2010. PREÁMBULO Nosotros, representantes del pueblo dominicano, libre y democráticamente elegidos, reunidos en Asamblea Nacional Revisora; invocando el nombre de Dios; guiados por el ideario de nuestros Padres de la Patria, Juan Pablo Duarte, Matías Ramón Mella y Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, y de los próceres de la Restauración de establecer una República libre, independiente, soberana y democrática; inspirados en los ejemplos de luchas y sacrificios de nuestros héroes y heroínas inmortales; estimulados por el trabajo abnegado de nuestros hombres y mujeres; regidos por los valores supremos y los principios fundamentales de la dignidad humana, la libertad, la igualdad, el imperio de la ley, la justicia, la solidaridad, la convivencia fraterna, el bienestar social, el equilibrio ecológico, el progreso y la paz, factores esenciales para la cohesión social; declaramos nuestra voluntad de promover la unidad de la Nación dominicana, por lo que en ejercicio de nuestra libre determinación adoptamos y proclamamos la siguiente
20: Colonial Zone’s ruin and poverty spook investors | Santo Domingo.- The Colonial City Union of Neighborhood Boards Monday warned that if the National District City Council condemns and places the houses identified as "public danger” on the auction block, hundreds of families will lose their home. Union president Mercedes Costes said a solution is urgently needed which includes the dwellers of the 72 seriously deteriorated buildings. "No one wants to live in misery or place the lives of their family in danger or at risk." She said hundreds of families live precariously in those buildings because of poverty and their low cost. "They’re in them (the houses) because they pay very little and because the owners receive so little money that it doesn’t even interest them."
22: Works Cited “As Trash Piles Up, Agencies Scramble to Fix Landfill Road.” Dominican Today 28 Oct. 2011: n. pag. Grolier World Newspapers. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.
23: Disier. Presidente Fernandez en la ONU. 20 Sept. 2006. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011.
24: “Dominican Republic to Deport Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Under New Plan.” The Washington Post 19 Oct. 2011: n. pag. The Washington Post. Web. 21 Oct. 2011.
25: “Haitians Flocking in Droves to Dominican Side Face Harsher Law.” Dominican Today 19 Oct. 2011: n. pag. Dominican Today. Web. 10 Nov. 2011.
26: Knapik, Dave. Immigration Is Not A Crime. 7 Apr. 2007. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.
27: Nahrung, Jason. Blowhole. 10 Jan. 2010. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011.
28: Russell, Roslyn. Helmet and armour, Museo de las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 30 May 2011. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011.