AMIGAS de OHUBARDO
hacemos mención de una serie de instituciones que, de una
u otra manera, tienen identidad de propósitos con OHUBARDO,
haciendo frente común en la lucha contra la situación
por la que atraviesan los habitantes de los bateyes y todo emigrante
en situación análoga de desigualdad y desventaja,
incluso en los derechos más elementales del ser humano.
DREAM Project The DREAM Project focuses on improving education
on the DR's north coast. DREAM recognizes the faults of public
education in the DR, and it works to improve existing schools
or to open new schools.
Organization for Migration - IOM IOM focuses on both policy
Ministries Proskuneo Ministries is bringing nations together
in worship. Check out their site to see how you can get involved.
Live Two of Salvador's spanish praise songs are featured
on the Makarios DVD. Organizations in the Dominican Republic and
Agency for International Development - USAID As a US government
agency, USAID supports democracy, governance, economic development,
and health issues in both the DR and Haiti. USAID has been very
active in 2004 flood relief efforts.
Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF UNICEF works in Haiti
and the DR by supporting programs to reduce poverty, improve education,
and offer health services for children. UNICEF is supporting current
flood relief efforts in both countries.
de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas - MUDHA MUDHA promotes the
social and economic development of Haitian and Dominico-Haitian
women and children in the bateyes by empowering leaders and by
providing resources in health and education. MUDHA wrote a good
article for GSC newsletter in 2002 that can be found at http://www.ssrc.org/programs/gsc/gsc_quarterly/newsletter5/content/mudha.page
Relief Alliance The BRA unites member organizations who
focus on health, education, and documentation status in an effort
to improve conditions for all individuals, both Haitian and Dominican,
who live in the bateyes. The BRA Web site is an excellent introduction
into batey life, and it offers good demographic information.
Center for Justice and International Law - CEJIL
CEJIL promotes human rights in Latin America. CEJIL worked with
MUDHA and the International Human Rights Law Clinic to present
the case of two undocumented Dominco-Haitians to the IACHR. CEJIL
also works to ensure the fair treatment of potential Haitian deportees.
Support Group for Refugees and the Repatriated - GARR - (Groupe
d'Appui aus Refugies et Rapatries) GARR is a Haitian NGO that
partners with other organizations to protect the rights of Haitian
refugees in the DR and to improve deportation procedures.
International Plan works to improve the quality of life
of poor children worldwide. In the DR, Plan focuses on education
and healthcare. Plan partners with World Vision to provide emergency
flood relief. And direct assistance in its efforts to aid migrants.
In the DR, IOM is primarily concerned with healthcare and the
end to human trafficking.
Commission on Human Rights - IACHR As part of the OAS,
IACHR assesses human rights violations in countries throughout
the Americas. The IACHR has a 1999 report on its Web site, "Situation
of Haitian Migrant Workers in the Dominican Republic." The
Committee for the Defence of Haitian Rights CODIHA partners with
Christian Aid to defend the rights of Haitian prisoners in the
DR. Movimiento Socio-Cultural de Trabajadores Haitianos, Inc.
- MOSCTHAAs a member of the BRA, MOSCTHA addresses ways to meet
documentation, economic development, and health care needs in
the bateyes. Amutraba - Asociacion Mutual de los Trabajadores
de los Bateyes (Mutual Society of Sugar Cane Workers)Amutraba
is a subgroup of MOSCTHA that provides micro-insurance for healthcare
to Haitians in the bateyes. Network Jacques Viau (Red Jacques
Viau) The Network Jacques Viau is a collection of nonprofits working
to build solidarity and ease tensions between Dominicans and Haitians
in the DR. Dominican Committee for Human Rights - CDDH The CDDH
is a non-government organization that investigates and responds
to human rights violations throughout the country. CDDH aids other
organizations as they research human rights in the DR.
De Accion Comunitaria - IDAC As a member of the BRA, IDAC
promotes civil society and community development in the bateyes.
Baptist International Ministries American Baptist International
Ministries supports Kristy Engle, a nurse who works to improve
healthcare in the bateyes.
Serving Other Nationals) International
ASON's mission is to help develop Christian leaders who minister
to groups in their own country. ASON works with healthcare in
Catholic Relief Services - CRS CRS works internationally
to improve human rights and alleviate poverty. CRS has played
an active role in current flood relief efforts.
Christian Aid is a collection of churches in England and Ireland
that partner with organizations such as MUDHA and CODIHA to improve
Reformed World Ministries CRWM supports long-term missionaries
in the DR. CRWM also hosts missions groups who want to visit the
bateyes, and they evangelize and build Christian schools in the
World Service - CWS CWS organizes and supports missions
trips for individual churches that want to visit Dominican bateyes.
CWS is very active in 2004 flood relief efforts. Crossroads Crossroads
supports education, clothing, food, and water ministries in a
handful of bateyes on the north coast. Crossroads built a village
for cane cutters and their families that offers better living
conditions and improved access to public services than those found
in the bateyes.
Republic Exposure Program (Scarboro Missions) The DR Exposure
Program brings Canadian high school students to a batey in Consuelo.
They offer students the chance to learn about the DR and experience
the poverty of the bateyes.
Church in Southwest Florida (Diocese) -
Dominican Development Group The Episcopalian Diocese of
Southwest Florida partners with the Episcopalian diocese of the
Dominican Republic. The U.S. diocese sends missions teams to work
in bateyes, specifically Batey Central in Barahona.
Baptist Wellsboro First Baptist Wellsboro sends missions
teams to Las Colinas, a batey outside of San Pedro. The missioners
work to build schools and churches, to provide basic healthcare,
and to present bible school activities for the community children.
for the Poor Food for the Poor recently expanded its anti-poverty
mission to include work in the DR. Its programs in the DR will
include medical missions, vocational training, and repair and
construction on churches, schools, and clinics.
Ministries G.O. Ministries has three ministry hubs on
Hispaniola, including one in Batey Nueve. At each hub, G.O.strives
to build a church, school, feeding/nutrition center, medical/dental
clinic, conference center for leadership training, and dormitory
for visiting groups.
Justice Mission - IJM IJM uses education and casework
to respond to God's call for justice. IJM is particularly active
in efforts to end human trafficking in the DR.
Refugee Service - JRS JRS provides direct services to
refugees, and it encourages the Dominican government to create
fair and effective immigration policy for Haitian refugees.
World Federation (LFW)/PROCARIBE LWF began working in
Haiti before the DR, and with its partner organization PROCARIBE,
LWF brings healthcare, legal aid, and vocational training to almost
40 bateyes around Santo Domingo and Monte Plata. One Respe One
Respe partners with Christian Aid and other organizations to improve
batey life. One Respe focuses specifically on preventing the spread
of HIV/AIDS among the batey population. Social Service of Dominican
Churches - SSID SSID is a group of approximately 13 Dominican
evangelical/protestant churches that work together as a relief
group. For example, SSID works with BRA and other groups to coordinate
medical missions to the bateyes.
of the Holy Child Jesus (Response-Ability) The SHCJ works
in a batey outside of Santo Domingo. The SHCJ and Response-Ability
volunteers focus on primary and secondary education, yet projects
also include health, documentation, and adult education campaigns.
Baptist Church (Warner Robins, Georgia) Southside Baptist
Church has several missionary families working in bateyes in the
Adventist University - SWAU The Southwestern Adventist
University has yearly medical missions trips to a batey/bateyes
near Cabral. The trips serve primarily as alternative clinical
experiences for nursing students.
First Baptist Church of Wallingford, CT The FBC mission
in the DR began in 1990, and it works in La Romana and the surrounding
bateyes. FBC partners with the Haitian Missionary Baptist Church
in La Romana to build/rebuild churches, support medical personnel,
and send their evangelism team to the bateyes.
Services to Humanity - VOSH International VOSH sends medical
missions to bateyes to offer eyecare services. Group of Interdenominational
Pastors GPI partners with Church World Service and other organizations
to improve living conditions in the bateyes.
of Dominican Ecumenical Work - COTEDO COTEDO is a member
of BRA, and it supports various medical missions and water sanitation
and health projects in the bateyes. IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS
International Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers (and
members of their families) The International Convention on the
Rights of Migrant Workers, effective beginning July 2003, protects
the rights of all migrants and their family members, regardless
of documentation status. Full text of the convention can be found
Rights Watch - HRW (Americas Watch) HWR investigates international
human rights abuses, and it educates citizens and policymakers
about human rights violations. HRW published a good report, "Illegal
People," on the plight of Haitians in the Dominican Republic
and the tensions that exist between the two nations.
for Haitian Rights - NCHR NCHR advocates for the rights
of Haitians around the globe. While the primary focus of the NCHR
appears to be Haitian immigrants in the U.S., the Refugee and
Migration Program assesses the situation of Haitians in the DR,
and it produced a helpful report "Beyond the Bateyes"
in May 1996.
Rights Group International - MRG MRG strives to protect
the rights of minority groups around the world. MRG's report "Migration
in the Caribbean: Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Beyond"
is informative, and it can be downloaded from their Web site.
Human Rights Law Clinic The International Human Rights
Law Clinic is located at the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of
Law. It investigates human rights abuses worldwide, and it published
a recent study, "Unwelcome Guests," on the rights violations
surrounding mass deportations of Haitians from the DR.
Institute for International Relations - CIIR CIIR allies
itself with MUDHA and the Network Jacques Viau to build civil
society and support the rights of batey residents. CIIR's recently
published "Needed but Unwanted" is an excellent resource
on the life of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent living
in the DR. The report can be downloaded from their bookshop.