HEALTH FAIR LEARNING CENTERS
The primary focus of these activities is health education and promotion, done in
collaboration with Fundación Enciende Una Luz (Light A Candle Foundation), a Dominican non-profit organization.
Education is fundamental to improving health. Effective health education enables people to make
more informed decisions to protect and improve their lives, even within very limited resources. In
surveys, batey residents have identified education as the priority need of their communities. In an
attempt to respond to this expressed need, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate side-byside with the Dominican Light A Candle team to provide nutrition, hygiene, and disease prevention
education to children and adults.
The value of the education continues after we depart.
Volunteers will travel by van or school bus into the countryside to the bateys of the sugar cane fields (communities of sugar cane workers
and their families, who are often Haitian immigrants or of Haitian descent) where the Light A Candle staff will arrange logistics,
interpret as needed and facilitate the health education stations.
Volunteers will lend support to these Dominican-led educational activities.