Partners In Deed is a Christian faith-based organization whose vision is to facilitate long-term, sustainable, and mutually transformative partnerships between Canadian communities and disadvantaged global communities.
Our focus is on improving the lives of impoverished youth, primarily in the areas of health and education, and we are committed to ensuring our projects are focused on community development, honour the expertise and strengths of the community, and are locally-led.
Who is Partners In Deed?
In 1995, Americans Rod and Twila Davis and their two small children moved into the Maria Auxiliadora barrio in the Dominican Republic.
As they built relationships with their new community, the Davis family founded T.E.A.R.S. Ministries in order to meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of people around them.
Rod and Twila Davis, T.E.A.R.S. founders
To learn more about Rod and Twila's journey, or more about their projects, visit the T.E.A.R.S. website by clicking on the logo.
Who is T.E.A.R.S.?
La Vega is a community of over 25,000 located in the middle of the Dominican Republic, with a fertile plain for crops to the east and a rugged mountain range to the west. In the steep foothills of the mountains in La Vega's southwest outreaches, is Maria Auxiliadora ("Helping Mary").
As the population of La Vega grows, people have started to occupy the mountainous foothills on the outskirts. In the area under the hills lies the barrio of Maria Auxiliadora, a community comprised of a number of families displaced by Hurricane David (1979) who were provided land without infrastructural services. At the end of main street you will find the T.E.A.R.S. schools, T.E.A.R.S. water purification plant and El Camino Church. As the neighbourhood stretches further back towards the hills the lack of resources is evident in homes built of wood and scraps, with leaky tin roofs and dirt floors.