President: Margot Underwood
Chairperson: Eric Inthof
Treasurer: Alan Withey
Don Dufault, Judy Shelstad, Keith D'Eall, Vicki Janzen,
Murray Hogg, Gary Dzurka
What Does The Partners In Deed Society Do?
We at Partners In Deed are passionate about linking Canadian schools, community groups, churches, universities, corporations and individuals with disadvantaged barrios in the Dominican Republic. These partnerships improve the economic, educational, physical, and spiritual lives of those living in the barrio, while the cross-cultural, long-term partnerships are enriching and are mutually transforming.
Partners In Deed currently supports education in a disadvantaged barrio near La Vega, in central Dominican Republic. The Dominican partner schools provide high quality education, nutritious meals and health support for over 500 impoverished youth from pre-school to high school. Cross cultural exchange and learning occurs between long-term partners and visiting teams. A key goal is to raise multi-year funds to enable these Dominican communities to sustain quality educational programs for their children.
The T.E.A.R.S. Schools (preschool, elementary, high school) in the Maria Auxiliadora barrio provide quality education programs along with basic school supplies. The Dominican teachers are dedicated individuals who act as role models in extracurricular parenting classes and in mentoring children born into poverty and who are at risk of abuse.
LOCAL CHURCH PROGRAMS
We believe that the local church plays an essential role in caring for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of those living in their community. Partners In Deed is currently facilitating several Canadian church partnerships with two Dominican churches. This long-term commitment of finances, personnel, and resources is enabling the Dominican churches to sustain their church ministry. These local churches provide programs in the neighbouring barrios such as water projects, children’s camps, hospital visitations, sports activities for youth, food donations, and leadership development.
Partners In Deed also facilitates funding and other projects for Dominican and Haitian leaders who require assistance with educational and vocational training. In the past, this has included teacher training, curriculum development workshops, scholarships, ‘Life Keys’ courses, church leadership and youth mentorship programs.
Since 2004, teams of Canadian volunteers have partnered with Dominican and Haitian churches, schools and community leaders in joint community development projects. Projects include development of a health clinic in the TEARS school, organizing several eye clinics, provision of biosand water filters and water purification plants, health promotion education for youth and their parents, sponsorship of a girls’ mentorship program, school expansion projects, and provision of sports, equipment, and training camps for youth. Our goal is to facilitate locally initiated programs that are led by committed, indigenous leaders.
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