Hispaniola Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Team (HHART)

HHART stands for Hispaniola Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Team. HHART missions are supported, organized and led by Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach, Rotary District 7010 (central Canada).

The Team's primary mission is to improve the lives of poor and disadvantaged people (primarily of Haitian heritage) living near Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic by providing much needed medical, dental and other forms of humanitarian assistance.

Two teams, HHART 12 and HHART 13, will deploy in January/February 2019. These are the 12th and 13th international service missions since HHART was formed in 2011. The Teams will specifically focus on helping the people in the bateys (villages) of Cangrejo, Poncho Mateo, La Union and Chichigua, and the Cristo Transforma men's shelter located in Severet.

Service activities planned address one of more of the following areas of focus:  Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development. Specific projects include:
  • Conduct 12 days of door-to-door medical visit operations
  • Facilitate specialist medical appointments, and advanced medical tests and treatment for the sick
  • Operate 12 days of dental clinic operations focused on extraction and restorative surgeries
  • Provide eyeglasses to persons in need
  • Deliver an oral fluoridation program in the bateyes
  • Organize children's feeding programs in poor hamlets and orphanages
  • Rehabilitate the roads and walkways in Batey La Union including modernizing all adjacent water terminals
  • Distribute sleeping mattresses to those in need
  • Install solar lights inside the homes of the poor in bateyes Chichigua and Pancho Mateo
  • Deliver clothing and personal hygeine item for the men at Cristo Transforma men's shelter
  • Distribute school supplies and colouring books in Chichigua, La Union and other poor outlying communities
  • Rehabilitate woefully inadequate homes in bateys Cangrejo, Pancho Mateo and La Union
  • Inspect electrical systems to mitigate fire and shock hazards in bateyes Cangrejo and Pancho Mateo
  • Provide medical and dental services to Cristo Transforma Men's Shelter in Severet
  • Provide personal skills and employment-related training and assistance to the poor
  • Install a Little Free Libraries in Batey Cangrejo and Pancho Mateo
  • Support a Montessori style community school in Batey Cangrejo
  • Inspire and facilitate community beautification projects including house painting & trash cleanup programs
  • Promote fitness and sport by assisting with the organization and hosting of soccer and basketball tournaments for both genders in many age categories
For more information follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HHART.info.
To inquire about joining or to recommend someone for a HHART mission, contact Rotarian Steve by phone at (705) 444-4012 or by email to steve@HHART.org.

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HHART 12: Departs Jan 27; Returns Feb 3, 2019

HHART 13: Departs Feb 3; Returns Feb 10, 2019

COST (all-inclusive from Toronto): $1,600 CAD 

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Please support HHART service missions and projects with a cash donation. Proceeds go directly towards HHART operations. Feeding programs cost $50 each; mattresses cost $55 each; goats are $125 each; solar lights are $27 each; laying hens (and feed) are $20 each. Donations via PayPal are collected by the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach on behalf of all HHART missions.

Thank you very much to those who donate for helping improve the lives of those less fortunate. We appreciate your generosity and your support of HHART!

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