April Newsletter

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SFTJ during Corona Virus

Like many of you throughout the world, we here in the Dominican Republic are facing the affects of the Corona Virus.  Schools are closed, as well as all businesses except for grocery stores, banks (with limited hours), pharmacies, and gas stations .  Although regular SFTJ activities are cancelled, we continue working to educate, help in crisis, and plan for the future.

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As soon as the pandemic began to break in the Dominican Republic, Strength for the Journey united with other lead organizations in Jamao, including the hospital, school district, church, and technology center.  Together, we created a plan to inform and assist the residents of Jamao.
On March 23, one day before the government closed businesses and established curfew hours whereby no one was permitted outside the house, we held an informational community meeting led by the director of our public hospital  The meeting cleared up confusion while establishing the gravity of the situation.
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SFTJ Educates and Helps

Many people in the SFTJ mountain communities do not have access to information outside their community. Going house to house, we delivered fliers that explained measures to help prevent the virus and provided packets with hand sanitizer, hand wipes and bleach.  Since many parents cannot read, we rely on the children to educate the parents.

Food for Those in Need

Although the Dominican Republic government is providing food to many, there are segments of the population who have fallen through the cracks and have received nothing.  Mostly, this includes those who self employ, people who work in the morning for food to put on the table at night.  Now, out of work due to mandated isolation, they have no money.  They have no food.  Strength for the Journey is identifying these individuals and providing food packets that include beans, rice, and basic items to cook a few meals. Your donations are feeding the hungry.  You are their Strength for the Journey!

SFTJ March/April Heroes

We would like to recognize our most recent SFTJ heroes, the angels among us who go above and beyond to impact poverty here in the DR.  A special thanks to David and Pat George who donated substancial funds for the community of Arroyo Frio.  This community is not connected to the main water line.  They rely on capturing rains in barrels for water to cook, clean, and bathe.  Thanks to the generosity of the George's, Arroyo Frio will be able to install a water line and enjoy, for the first time, the availability of running water.  

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