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FC: Dominican Republic | Peace Corps Project Samantha Juliano November 22, 2011

2: Travelling | byFOOT | a

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. . I found this source through the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through world news and to grolier online world newspapers to find newspapers from the Dominican Republic. I settled on Dominican Today. There is no indicated author. This source is informative to my research because it relates to the theme of environmental issues. The face that trash is piling up in the streets is a big environmental issue occurring in the Dominican Republic right now. Blood Soup. 1996. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. . I found this source through the Springfield Township High School library databases page. From there, it connected me to CultureGrams which provided me with this picture. This picture helps me with my presentation because it is a good representation of how poor health is in some of the poorer regions of the Dominican Republic. The subtitle also provides me with an explanation of why the health is so poor in that specific region. “Colonial Zone’s Ruin and Poverty Spook Investors.” Dominican Today 25 Oct. 2011: n. pag. Grolier World Newspapers. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. . I found this source through the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I used grolier online world newspapers and discovered the Dominican Today by searching all Dominican Republic newspapers. There is no indicated author. This source is beneficial to my research because it relates to global finance. The poverty in Colonial City is rising and it is controversial as to what to do with the deteriorating homes. This shows how in some parts of the country, poverty is growing.

23: Disier. Presidente Fernandez en la ONU. 20 Sept. 2006. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This helps my project because it is a picture of the current president, Leonel Fernandez, of the Dominican Republic. It is a pictorial representation of the Dominican Republic’s government. The “divers” at the dump will have to way till the truck leaves. N.d. Dominican Today. N.p., 28 Oct. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. . I found this source as part of finding a newspaper clipping in grolier online world newspapers. The photographer is not named. This picture depicts trash trucks and people starting to pick up trash. This supports the theme of environmental issues and how they are trying to clean it up. Dominican Republic. Constitucion de la Republica Dominica de 1994. Political Databases of the Americas. N.p., Jan. 2009. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. . I found this website through the Springfield Township High School library web page. This is a copy of the constitution that represented the Dominican Republic in 1994. I feel that this is important to my topic because it can present a contrast to the constitution that currently represents the Dominican Republic. - - -. Constitucion de la Republica Dominicana. Political Database of the Americas. N.p., 31 Jan. 2011. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . I found this website through the Springfield Township High School library web page. This is the constitution of the Dominican Republic as drawn up as of January 26, 2010. This is helpful to my research because it is an example of an official document and representation of the Dominican Republic’s government.

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. . I found this source through the Google news timeline, which was provided by the Springfield Township High School library general databases page. There is no indicated author; however, I know this source is trustworthy because it is a reliable source because it comes from a reliable and well known newspaper. The Haitians are illegally entering the country and therefore can be suspected of terrorism. This source is helpful to my research because it supports the critical theme of terrorism. Dooley, Kevin. Rural Electricity. 8 May 2009. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This helps my project because it is a visual representation of the article “Official Admits IMF Demands 18% Higher Electric Bill.” “Ecological Bathrooms.” Peace Corps. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. . Gobbi, Jorge. Monedas Argentinas. 21 Apr. 2009. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons page of the Springfield Township High School library webpage. This picture came from the creative commons picture pool on Flickr. This picture is helpful to my research because it is a pictorial representation of global finance. The currency in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Republic Peso, and this picture is a representation of that.

25: “Haitians Flocking in Droves to Dominican Side Face Harsher Law.” Dominican Today 19 Oct. 2011: n. pag. Dominican Today. Web. 10 Nov. 2011. . I found this source through the Global News pageflake from the Springfield Township High School library webpage. There is no indicated author, however, this newspaper is one that is printed in the Dominican Republic, so I believe that it is a reliable source. This source is helpful to my research because it supports the theme of terrorism. The Dominican Republic is cracking down on their immigration laws. President Fernandez signed the General Immigration Law 285-04 under which immigration laws will be tightened. All jobs must comply with this, including all those offered jobs must provide proper visas and medical insurance. Houses in Samaná. 2007. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. . I found this picture through the Springfield Township High School library databases webpage. Then through that, I found CultureGrams who provided me with this picture. This picture is helpful to my research because it helps to show how the gap between the rich and the poor is growing increasingly larger. “Hygiene and Latrines.” Peace Corps. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. .

26: Knapik, Dave. Immigration Is Not A Crime. 7 Apr. 2007. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons page of the Springfield Township High School library webpage. This image is from the creative commons picture pool from Flickr. This picture is helpful to my project because it relates to the theme of terrorism. Immigration into the Dominican Republic from Haiti is a controversial issue that is present at the moment. I believe that this picture is a good representation of that theme. Making Casabe. 1997. Collection of Culture Grams. ProQuest, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. . I found this website through the Peace Corp wiki on the Springfield Township High School library home page. This led me to Culturegrams and from there to my country and different pictures from my country. This picture is helpful to my project because it is a good representation of women in the Dominican Republic. This connects to one of my themes in a personal letter and to the general theme of woman’s rights. MarS. Three-Colored World. 8 Oct. 2006. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This source is helpful to my project because it supports the theme of environmental issues. In some rural villages in the Dominican Republic, they do not have proper plumbing. Therefore, the result is polluted soil that leads to diseased food.

27: Nahrung, Jason. Blowhole. 10 Jan. 2010. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This picture is helpful to my project because it helps present something referenced in my personal letters. It presents the reader with a visual representation of what is being described. This ultimately can better their understanding. “Official Admits IMF Demands 18% Higher Electric Bill.” Dominican Today 9 Nov. 2011: n. pag. Dominican Today. Web. 10 Nov. 2011. . I found this source through the Global News pageflake on the Springfield Township Library webpage. There is no indicated author however, this is a newspaper that is printed in the Dominican Republic, so I believe that this is a reliable source. This source is helpful to my research because it supports the theme of global finance. The article addresses the issue that the country is raising their electricity bills by 18%. According to the article the IMF demanded a raise in the taxing due to a Stand-By Agreement signed in 2009. Rural Home. 2004. Collection of CultureGrams. ProQuest, n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. . I found this picture through the Springfield Township High School library databases webpage. Then I went to CultureGrams and they provided me with this wonderful picture. This picture helps with my research because it emphasizes the gap between the rich and the poor. It portrays a rural home and its poor construction.

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. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This helps my product because it is an artifact from the Dominican Republic. - - -. Spanish ceramics, Museo de las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 6 Aug. 2011. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This helps my product because it is an artifact from the Dominican Republic. - - -. Two birds, ceramic plate, Hotel Melia Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 30 May 2011. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. . I found this picture through the creative commons webpage on the Springfield Township High School library webpage. I went through a website called Compfight that brought this picture from Flickr. This helps my product because it is an artifact from the Dominican Republic. “Women’s Conference.” Peace Corps. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011. .

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