Winter 2022 Service Trip: 
clean water & housing development in the dominican republic

First scheduled for summer 2020, L.I.V.E.'s planned Dominican Republic service trip was put on hold throughout 2020 and 2021. However, we were finally able to travel to the Dominican Republic in February 2022! The L.I.V.E. students on this team were a hybrid mix of students from the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year, all of whom had worked tirelessly to make this trip happen. 

 
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Our trip in the Dominican Republic started with a journey to the mountainous northwest of the country, near the town of Jarabacoa. In this region, we worked to dig trenches and install clean water pipelines. We worked in two locations over three days of service in this area, installing about 500 meters of water lines, which will bring clean water access to nearly 15 homes in the community. During our time there, students were able to not just dig and learn about clean water access, but also talk to and interact with the families who would be benefiting from this project. We were also able to spend some time exploring the community and hiking to a nearby waterfall.
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“This trip has impacted me already in many ways. Personally, I’ve led a very sheltered life from the rest of the world. Leaving the country showed me how small my problems are in the span of the world. Visiting the DR showed me how inviting other cultures can be and how you can find happiness without living a ‘comfortable’ life”
Ella Giuliani, Class of 2022

“This experience encouraged me to realize that although cultures of our world differ, we all share the same hopes, values, and dreams. Despite barriers of language or tradition, we can still enjoy one another’s company and embrace the communities that we may not be accustomed to.”
Racheal Fransen, Class of 2022
After three days of service in the mountains, we traveled to the southeast of the country, to the agricultural region where sugarcane is produced. These sugarcane fields are traditionally harvested by Haitian migrants, who are lured and trafficked across the border by the sugarcane corporations looking for cheap labor. Once in the DR, the Haitians are stuck in worker villages known as bateyes, without clean water, plumbing, or any rights within the country. While we were there, we stayed at a volunteer center run by a nonprofit called ASCALA, which works to help these migrant workers gain access to healthcare, workers’ rights, and the documentation they need to live in the DR. We worked in a batey neighborhood called Monte Coca, which is home to about 1000 of these migrants. On our first day there, we mixed cement and laid a concrete floor in the home of a family of 7 who had been living on a dirt floor. Our second day there, we worked to lay the foundation for an outhouse for this family and a second family, who do not have indoor plumbing and until now, did not have access to their own bathroom or shower facilities. 
 
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Thank you to the Sponsors Who made
this service trip possible:

Ojai Valley Lion's Club

Home Kitchen of Ojai

Mandala Restaurant

Tony Thacher

The Mob Shop

Anne Grupp

TRACY & MELANIE BOULTOn

linda taylor

Rokasaki, Inc.

Section wines, llc.

Ojai valley WOmen's Club

Sienna Yoast

The Farmer and the Cook

Evenden Family Trust

Jim and ROb's Fresh Grill

teena broumand

carolyn goldwasser

ROTARY CLUB OF OJAI

taylor wealth management

mike donohue

Ojai Valley Athletic Club

Nita Whaley

JOnathan and Linda Lambert

William okin

lori jennings