In Cabarete, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, over 65% of the population depends on tourism. Today, as a result of the nationwide lockdown, thousands in our small community of roughly 20,000 are without any resources and are facing food shortages.
This lack of resources can lead to issues with health, security and future tourism, if nothing is done.
The solution to this unique problem calls for a collective solution, with short-term and long-term positive impact.
SOLVING THE CRISIS
& ENSURING A
An unprecedented coalition of local NGOs, farms, supermarkets, volunteers, and elected officials have joined forces as a united group to solve the immediate crisis.
Our goal is to ensure that nutritious food is purchased at the lowest possible cost, packaged under strict hygiene guidelines and distributed to the neediest families in the community on an ongoing basis for the coming weeks and months. Food distribution and relief efforts have already started.
In parallel, we are also working to build long-term sustainable food production facilities in Cabarete. Several local landowners have donated parcels to be developed as community gardens to benefit the local population.
WHAT IT COSTS
Thanks to the participation of everyone in our community and of many supporters like you we are able to bring the cost of feeding people with quality food to a low level:
$4 will feed one person for one week
$15 will feed a family of 4 for a week
100% of the money we receive goes to food purchasing.
To make this program possible, especially in the short term, we need your participation and support now.
Be a hero!
These are some of the main players in our expanding coalition:
Providing Opportunity has adopted the community of Barrio Blanco with a comprehensive approach toward lifting it up from poverty. This includes 50 new homes, clinic, 33 scholarships and more.
INSPIRE DR educate, mentor and inspire underprivileged boys to become productive and responsible members of the community. InspireDR provides free programs that teach practical life skills and instil positive values, so boys in the Dominican Republic can mature into responsible men, husbands, and fathers.
The Mayor elect’s Freddy Cruze, a State Senator, and the Governor’s office are actively supporting this coalition, including by pledging ground support to ensure proper food distribution.
CABARETE MAYOR'S OFFICE
Academia de la Costa is a martial arts academy and community center focusing on the practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu both as a sport and for personal defense. The Academy offers free or low-cost classes, activities and workshops to local children and youth and is recognized as a force for positive change in under-served communities.
ACADEMIA DE LA COSTA
FEDUJAZZ, the non-profit Education Foundation of the Festival offers free music education to children from under-served communities, and special workshops for local musicians. Many of the artists participating in the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival offer workshops to support the cultural development of hundreds of local children every year.
Charlie’s Foundation is a Canadian and Dominican non-profit organisation that teaches Dominican youth the English language, connecting them with the wider world and improving their future career prospects.
RELIEF PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Identify and record the neediest and most food insecure members of the Cabarete community through local community leaders and organizations.
Ensure targeted distribution of food-kits containing quality food rations for a week.
Organize and scale up fundraising efforts to supplement local resources.
Build, implement and scale up a food purchasing and distribution plan to prevent food insecurity from creating social issues that would be damaging to the community and the local economy in the short and long term.
Engage in an ongoing coordination with local and State administrative bodies, maintain a real-time communication with community leaders and the population to prevent potential social and humanitarian issues.
Build a sustainable community agricultural production model, that will allow the most vulnerable members of the community to feed themselves on the medium and long term.
Develop and share an open source sustainable model to help small communities across the world feed themselves in times of crisis and build long term sustainable local resources.
Establish a food sovereignty program in Cabarete cemented by the above experience that will grow with the population and guarantee that no further crisis may endanger vital food supply and production in the future.
“You only have what you give, it is by spending yourself that you become rich.”
- Isabel Allende