DRMP Partners in the Dominican Republic
Light a Candle Foundation / Fundación Enciende Una Luz
Light a Candle began in 2008 as a project to bring health education and hope to families living in the bateys surrounding La Romana. In addition to the work that Light A Candle does with the DRMP, they also provide these communities with health presentations, locally produced health videos, and continual evaluation and measurable outcomes. Light A Candle has also started a program in various bateys called “Multiplying Light”, where teenagers (known as “multipliers”) participate in a series of health education classes and are then commissioned to take their new-found knowledge to their community.
Good Samaritan Hospital / Hospital el Buen Samaritano
Each DRMP team coordinates its trip details in collaboration with staff support from the Good Samaritan Hospital. The Good Samaritan oversees the lodging, meal preparation, transportation, and interpretation needs of every one of our teams and the work we do in La Romana would be impossible without such assistance. The hospital also serves as our exclusive location for surgical interventions that arise during our trips, and it is because of the partnership with The Good Samaritan that our surgical teams have the equipment, location, and other resources that they need in order to do their best work. Good Samaritan is constantly evaluating its ability to meet the needs of its patients, and it is currently in the process of expanding its surgical wing to allow for increased quantity and quality of surgeries that can be performed.