Batey Relief Alliance Expands to Haiti

  • Posted on: 10 March 2009
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
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The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is a non-profit, humanitarian organization created to meet the health and development needs of sugar cane workers, most of them Haitian, in the Dominican Republic.  BRA recently announced that they will expand operations into Haiti itself.  Given the interest of the Haitian and Dominican governments in cross-border collaboration, this is a timely expansion and we hope that it willl be a success.  The press release is below.

 

ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti, March 7, 2009. – Eleven years after its successful humanitarian intervention in sugarcane plantations bateyes of the Dominican Republic, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is now expanding its work into border regions of Haiti where socio-economic isolation has forced thousands to live under harsh conditions and in extreme poverty.

 

On April 11th, BRA will dispatch a 10-member team of foreign dentists, faculty and assistants to deliver free dental care and medicines to the population of Anse-a-Pitres, a small fishing commune located on the Southeast border with the Dominican Republic. 500 children between the ages of 2 and 12 will also receive multivitamins along with antiparasitic medicines to treat intestinal ailments.

 

“Last year, the organization held high level meetings with Haiti’s Ministry of Health and former Prime Minister, Jacques Edouard Alexis to present its plans and seek the government’s collaboration,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Currently, BRA is conducting a health-based assessment of the communities to obtain key data to design a comprehensive healthcare intervention. “The border regions of Haiti are as vulnerable as the bateyes of the Dominican Republic, and assistance in nutrition, healthcare, education and economic development is vital for the survival of the populations,” added Gaillard.

 

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. – Dr. Ruben Silie Valdez, the new Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Haiti, presented on March 4th, 2009 his diplomatic credentials to Haitian President Rene Preval who manifested “happiness” on Silie’s appointment. Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO added, “Ruben is a dear friend and a man of great character who has devoted years of his life to help the two countries address bilateral issues through mutual respect and understanding and confraternity.” Silie joined the Batey Relief Alliance’s board of directors in 2001 where he played an important role engaging various sectors of the Dominican mainstream society in the work of the organization inside impoverished and vulnerable communities, including the bateyes. BRA is now expanding its humanitarian effort into border regions of Haiti where, as in the bateyes, socio-economic isolation has forced the populations to live in extreme poverty and under harsh conditions.BRA honored Silie last year with a lifetime achievement award—“Assessor Ad Vitam” for his work in the fields of education, migration and diplomacy.

The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is launching a multi-level humanitarian mission trip from April 6th through the 24th to assess critical health and nutritional needs, deliver medical and nutritional assistance, and conduct deworming activities within the southeastern border regions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

BRA’s CEO, Ulrick Gaillard said, “A team of experts and executives from the U.S-based nonprofit, Vitamin Angel Alliance will travel from the 6-11 to Dominican provinces of Barahona and Pedernales identifying children who are at great risk of malnutrition and provide them with multivitamins, food and antiparasitic medicines.” Gaillard added that the food distribution is part of a USAID-BRA collaboration to distribute annually 75 MT tons of dehydrated food commodities to children and their families severely affected by poverty, disease and hunger in Dominican Republic’s most vulnerable communities.
Meanwhile from the 10-24, BRA will bring to Haiti’s commune of Anse-a-Pitres a team of foreign dentists, faculty and assistants to deliver, collaboratively, with local Haitian doctors and nurses free dental and medical care to local residents, and multivitamins and antiparasitic medicines to school-aged children (2-12). “These activities are first steps we are taking to gradually establish with local and foreign partners a permanent humanitarian intervention at the border to address the health and socio-economic needs of the populations,” concluded Gaillard.

MONTE PLATA, Dominican Republic. – Since 2005, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) developed a comprehensive HIV/AIDS program delivering free healthcare, antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and medicines to hundreds of children and adults infected/affected by HIV and AIDS inside the bateyes in the province of Monte Plata. The program is implemented in partnerships with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Dominican’s Ministry of Health. “But one crucial component was missing in the program all along, until three years ago the USAID donated to the BRA 75 MT tons of dehydrated food to distribute to most at-risk patients of malnutrition undergoing ARV treatment,” said Ulrick Gaillard, CEO of the BRA.
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In its second-year of funding, the USAID completely financed the food program with annual grants of $272,800 of which, $173,100 goes toward the food commodities and $99,700 for the receipt, rapid transportation, delivery, and distribution of the commodities to the vulnerable populations, including HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis sufferers, pregnant women, the elderly and grandparents caring for orphaned/vulnerable children (OVC). “The International Food Relief Partnership (IFRP) is a USAID Food for Peace Title II Initiative to support the production, stockpiling, transportation, delivery, and distribution of shelf-stable, prepackaged foods by U.S. non-profit and Public International Organizations. And we are glad to partner with the BRA to help the people of the Dominican Republic,” said Ben Vogler, IFRP’s Program Officer.
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The food program complements two other BRA programs: the Micronutrient/deworming providing food to 55,000 children taking multivitamins and antiparasitic medicines, and the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment providing food to those who are malnourished and undergoing ARV therapy or taking potent medicines to fight opportunistic diseases. “Proper nutrition has shown to have not only positive physical and psychological results on our patients, but also tremendous economic impacts on their communities,” added Gaillard.

ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti. – As part of its long-term objective to develop a permanent humanitarian intervention at Haiti’s border communities, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) dispatched from April 12th through the 19th a team of American dentists, faculty, students and aides to provide free dental assistance to children and adults in dire need of urgent dental care in Haiti’s border Commune of Anse-a-Pitres.
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Anse-a-Pitres is located on the Northeast tip of the island of Hispaniola across to Pedernales in the Dominican Republic. The Anse-a-Pitres’ population of about 30,000 lives in extreme poverty due to its isolation from much government as well as international economic support. Basic services are virtually absent, including potable water, electricity and healthcare living residents in a complete state of abandonment and vulnerable to diseases.
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Dr. Thomas Beague, BRA’s Dental Chief and mission leader confirmed that a total of 414 patients received full treatment and more than 600 teeth were pulled. All patients received anesthesia, pain medication, and antibiotics when necessary. Children from 2-10 also received antiparasitic medicines to rid them of intestinal worms and multivitamins to boost their immune system—an effort sponsored by BRA partner, Vitamin Angel Alliance.
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BRA joined forces with two local youth groups—AJPA and DJMM to organize the one-week dental clinic’s logistics. “Our initial efforts focused on a large-scale publicity campaign, which included radio interviews, posters and announcements in churches and community organizations throughout Anse-a-Pitres,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Dr. Beague added, “Our team included four dentists (Dr. Steve Ricco, Dr. Ilha Kim, Dr. Adam Merrian and myself), four dental assistants (Sara Beague, Diana M. Beague, Thomas J. Beague and Kathy Delva) and one mission coordinator (Samuel D. Slavin) who worked tirelessly to serve as many people as we could, even though there were many more in need of treatment that did not get a chance to be seen. But we will come back next spring.”

EW YORK, March 29, 2009. - BRA Dominicana, a field service NGO of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) and the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) at the Indiana University signed a letter of partnership establishing a collaboration to facilitate activities of mutual benefit that are consistent with the mission of the BRA; with the service, teaching, and research activities of HPER; and with the needs of vulnerable communities in the Dominican Republic where BRA conducts its work.
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Several meetings between BRA Dominicana and HPER resulted in the mutual identification of five primary areas of collaboration: 1) technical support, 2) development of human resources, 3) strengthening of capacity, 4) academic exchanges, and 5) research projects. “HPER will also support the BRA in border health-related projects between the Dominican Republic and Haiti,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Dr. Robert M. Goodman, Dean of the HPER added that HPER and the BRA will explore the development of joint research and program-related proposals to seek funding to support the work of the HPER-BRA partnership.

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NEW YORK. - Key faculty in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) at Indiana University Bloomington met on Thursday, June 4th with representatives of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) to discuss how they will can together to boost public health resources in communities in the Dominican Republic.
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BRA’s CEO Ulrick Gaillard and Board President Miguel A. Puente H attended the meeting to map out the humanitarian work of the organization through a strategic planning process involving various community, business, private and non-profit groups, including the Indianapolis-based Timmy Foundation. Preceding the meeting, Gaillard gave a lecture on the history and work of his organization in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
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Gaillard acknowledged that the BRA and the HPER recently signed a letter of agreement forming a partnership to work toward building a network of volunteers, faculty and students to conduct research and perform public health and medical services in impoverished areas of the country, specifically in the bateyes in the region of Monte Plata and other underserved areas, such as communities located near the Haitian border.
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In mid-June, Professor Zobeida Bonilla, who is leading the program, will travel to the Dominican Republic with seven students and five other faculty members to begin several important aspects of their work with BRA. Bonilla described this as the "beginning of the beginning," and expects the work to result in long-range multidisciplinary research projects.
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"It's an opportunity for faculty to conduct action-based research," said Robert M. Goodman, dean of the School of HPER. "Students can get cross-cultural field lab experience while working on significant public health issues related to poverty."

BROOKLYN. – On June 9th, Batey Relief Alliance’s CEO, Ulrick Gaillard attended an award ceremony organized by students from the W.E.B. Du Bois High School where he received a check for $250 to help the humanitarian work of his organization. “It is not the check or an amount that matters, but rather the spirit behind this honorable gesture by young children between the ages of 4 and 14 to be involved in philanthropic causes,” said Gaillard.
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According to the Penny Harvest Foundation, over the winter time, these young people carefully study community needs and research capable organizations. And at the end of this transformative process, they select to support causes and funds organizations. “This is the third year the Batey Relief Alliance has been chosen by the students to receive grants. They collect every cent they can find—one penny at a time—with the thought of helping poor children who are infected by HIV/AIDS inside the bateyes of the Dominican Republic,” added Gaillard.
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Last fall, New York City students gathered over 60 million pennies—or $600,000—and turned them into thousands of grants to charity organizations like the Batey Relief Alliance. Gaillard shared the opinion of Penny Harvest that these grants represent an opportunity for organizations to join in educating and rallying the next generation of advocates, funders and community leaders.

SANTO DOMINGO, August 6, 2009. – During a brief visit in the Dominican Republic to hold a conference at the largest Dominican University (USAD) and an art exhibition at the Ajoupa Gallery, Frank Etienne—a Nobel Prize candidate, who is also a poet, musician and painter, met privately with Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO to discuss the organization’s humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Also at the meeting were BRA’s Executive Director, Maria Virtudes Berroa and BRA’s International Medical Director and Board Member, Dr. Raymond Thertulien.
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Having published more than 30 plays, poetry collections, and works of prose fiction, Frankétienne is widely heralded as one of the most important figures of modern Haitian literature. Some of his work, written under Haiti’s Duvalier dictatorship, depicts the plight of a segregated and oppressed society that has been a source for the largest migrations in history, leaving one of the most horrifying and saddest traces in its eagerness to reach better horizons. Frank Etienne's work has been studied in many countries in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.

Presbyterian Church-USA and BRA installed water systems inside sugarcane communities.
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MONTE PLATA, Dominican Republic. – The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) along with the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) inaugurated this past July two new water systems inside sugarcane bateyes El Bosque Arriba and La Cerca in the province of Monte Plata.
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The water systems were built by BRA and generously financed by the Presbyterian Church-USA. “The water will benefit more than 1500 people who live in extreme poverty with limited access to clean drinking water,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Gaillard added that most affected by drinking contaminated water have been the children and people living with HIV/AIDS for their weak immune system.
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Three committees inside the bateyes have also been formed to help protect and maintain the water systems, but also to educate the community about proper hygiene and sanitation, and the importance of consuming clean water for the prevention of diseases.
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Cornelius Brading, president of the SDOP expressed great satisfaction for the support his group has provided to build the water systems, and thanked the community for the opportunity to serve them in this small way—but also through this great initiative that will help reduce skin and intestinal-related parasitic ailments, thus contributing to a better quality of life for hundreds of vulnerable children and their families.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, August 15, 2009. —The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is launching this month a third year of food aid—distributing 75 metric tons of food products in the Dominican Republic, with the financial and technical assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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This program, under the USAID’s Food for Peace-International Food Relief, responds to the steps already taken by the Dominican government to address food crisis and reduce malnutrition among DR's vulnerable people. It is estimated that 54 to 76 thousand children of five years—between 7.2 and 8.9% of the Dominican population, suffers from chronic malnutrition. 27% of the total population (more than 2 million of the 8.9 million) is undernourished.
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Through this program, 4 million dehydrated food rations will be distributed to 7,500 children and adults severely affected by poverty, disease and hunger in the bateyes, urban barrios and other impoverished rural and frontier communities. The program, for which USAID donated $288,075.00, with the generous support of the American people, benefits those at critical risk of malnutrition, including people living with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, pregnant women, vulnerable/orphaned children, and the elderly. "It is a simple equation—you can not talk about providing quality healthcare to the poor without ensuring equally that they have food in their stomach," said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA's CEO.
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Batey Relief Alliance’s field organization, BRA Dominicana, implements the project with governmental and non-governmental strategic partners, including the Dominican’s Presidential Council on HIV/AIDS (COPRESIDA), General Directive for the Control of Infections and Sexual Transmissions and AIDS (DIGECITTS) and Ministry of Health (SESPAS), the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Social Services of Dominican Churches, and others. Those partners along with hundreds of community health promoters will educate about health and proper nutrition and help distribute food in nine provinces, including Santo Domingo, Monte Plata, Hato Mayor, Barahona, Pedernales, La Romana, Dajabón, Monte Cristi, and San Pedro de Macoris.
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The food aid program complements two other important BRA projects: the Children’s Health Campaign, in partnership with Vitamin Angels, distributing multivitamins and antiparasitic medicines to 55,000 children, and the HIV/AIDS, in partnerships with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and the Ministry of Health, providing healthcare, medicines and antiretroviral therapy to patients to fight HIV and AIDS and opportunistic infections. "Food is a vital element that, when it is combined with good healthcare, can transform people and communities," added Gaillard.

This year is my first message to you, asking on this important occasion to join members of our Boards of Directors, our staff, our partners, and me to celebrate the twelfth-year anniversary of our organization, The Batey Relief Alliance, created on October 23, 1997.
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The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) was founded in the state of New York, United States of America, as a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-political, humanitarian aid organization addressing the socio-economic and health needs of children and their families severely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger in the United States and the Caribbean, principally in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. BRA’s mission serves all regardless of race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, socio-economic status or political affiliations.
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This year, I would like to share with you two new beginnings for the BRA that we all should be proud of: expanding our services from comprehensive healthcare to agricultural development inside the bateyes and expanding our intervention from the bateyes to the border regions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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Starting 2010, BRA will develop an agricultural cooperative where more than 7,000 unemployed farmers will be put to work 3,000 acres of fertile land in various batey communities to create food security and economic self-sufficiency for 35,000 people. This ambitious project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
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In border communities of Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti and Pedernales, Dominican Republic where, as in the bateyes, the populations are isolated from most state support and live in extreme poverty, BRA has planted the seeds for a long-term bi-national healthcare and economic development intervention. We have mobilized new and current partners, including USAID, Vitamins Angels, Direct Relief International, United Natural Foods Inc., and Rotary International to expand our micronutrient/deworming and nutrition programs, build a new water purification center, and organize free dental and medical mission trips. We have also submitted proposals to develop a Women’s Economic Empowerment Program providing microcredit loans and training and improving financial stability for 600 women in Haiti. And soon, we hope to sign a partnership agreement with Haiti’s Ministry of Health to deliver improved and sustainable health services inside Anse-a-Pitres.
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Expanding our mission from the bateyes to the border regions is a strategic necessity that implicates a new form of thinking and bona fide binational partnerships in order to address the dire need of people who are so different culturally and yet interconnected at a poverty level. This is just the first step toward bringing to the border the same socio-economic and health services that we already deliver inside in the bateyes. And our new agricultural program will provide the batey population with new economic tools they desperately need to better manage their lives in light of the current economic crisis affecting billions around the world.
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As we take on these new endeavors, however, more funding will be needed. The generous support of donors like you has allowed us to strengthen our base even as we expand our horizons. Your continued support is essential to our continued success.
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Happy Birthday Batey Relief Alliance!
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Respectfully
Ulrick Gaillard, J.D.
Founder/CEO

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) donated $2 million to the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) to improve agricultural training, production and marketing, and planning more profitable crops inside Dominican Republic’s agricultural batey communities. BRA’s international assistance grant falls under the USDA’s Food for Progress Program and will support agricultural and rural development, while helping to address food shortages.
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The project will be implemented by Batey Relief Alliance’s Dominican-based field organization BRA Dominicana, in partnerships with various key government entities, including the State Sugar Council, Dominican Agrarian Institute, Monte Plata Office of Senatorial Management and the Department of Agriculture.
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“The two-year project will have the capacity to create food security and economic self-sufficiency for 35,000 people living in extreme poverty inside seven batey communities in the province of Monte Plata,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Gaillard also added that more than 7,000 unemployed farmers will be put to work 3,000 acres of fertile land and develop their community infrastructures for long-term agricultural and economic development and growth.
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As part of other project benchmarks, BRA will establish an Agricultural Cooperative to teach the participating farmers how to manage and sell more profitable crops, create sustainable business plans, and apply for loans and credits and reach more consumers. “In light of the current global economic crisis affecting millions around the world, especially in poor countries, the USDA grant is timely as it responds directly to the dire economic conditions facing thousands languishing in these vulnerable agricultural batey regions,” concluded Gaillard.
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USDA’s Food for Progress Program provides U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector. Commodities are provided on a donation basis to foreign governments, private voluntary organizations, non-profit organizations, cooperatives or intergovernmental organizations. Projects are chosen based on their agricultural focus, the country's needs, proposal's quality and organization's management, experience and financial and technical capabilities.

BRA's 2010 projects to benefit 200,000 in Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.
PIANTINI, Santo Domingo, D.R. – During its recently-held annual board meeting in the state of Rhode Island, the Batey Relief Alliance’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the organization’s 2010 budget of $5.7 million to carry out humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the United States.
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“BRA will implement various important projects in the Dominican Republic, including a new Agricultural Development, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, Blindness Prevention, Preventive Healthcare and Education, Nutrition and Micronutrients, Water and Sanitation, Child Healthcare, and Disaster Relief” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. In Haiti, BRA will carry out other programs in Water and Sanitation, Child Healthcare, Micronutrients and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Gaillard added that the organization will also dedicate effort to educate the New York City immigrant population about HIV/AIDS and prevention techniques.
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BRA’s work will address the socio-economic and health needs of children and their families severely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger inside the Dominican’s vulnerable bateyes, rural communities and urban slums; Haiti’s border regions; and New York’s inner city barrios. More than 25,000 people are expected to receive direct health-related services from BRA’s clinics while another 80,000 will benefit from its indirect intervention through partnerships with 15 local groups receiving support in donated medical goods, supplies and equipment; 35,000 more will enjoy food security and economic self-sufficiency while 60,000 children are expected to receive multivitamins, nutrition and antiparasitic medicines.
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BRA’s strategic partners for 2010 will include the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Agency for International Development, Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, New York State Department of Health, Engineers without Borders, Dominican’s Ministry of Health, Department of Agriculture and State Sugar Council, Presbyterian Church-USA, Partners In Health, FONKOZE, Esperanza International, Major League Baseball-Dominican Development Alliance, Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, National Cancer Coalition, Vitamin Angel Alliance, Nordic Naturals, United Natural Food Inc., IDA Foundation, and University of Indiana. More than 75 volunteers are expected to be recruited to share their expertise in the areas of healthcare, education, fundraising and media outreach.

NEW YORK, January 1, 2010. – The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is launching two new programs addressing socio-economic needs of populations living in extreme poverty in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Last year, BRA received $2.5 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve agriculture development for farmers inside the DR agricultural batey communities and provide training and microcredit loans to women in the SouthEast border region of Haiti.
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The USDA-funded Cooperative Agricultural Program aims at creating food security and economic development for impoverished batey communities in the province of Monte Plata, by putting 7,700 unemployed farmers to work 1,500 acres of fertile land to produce food for 32,000 people. It is expected that surplus crops will be sold to local communities by the cooperative – an effort to foster long-term sustainable re-investment into the program.
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The USAID-funded Women’s Empowerment Program, under its new Development Grants Program, will allow BRA to partner with key local partner groups such as FONKOZE, Partners In Health and Esperanza International, to establish 30 women’s organizations, provide training to 600 hundred women, of which, 300 to receive microcredit loans to start or maintain small businesses. The program targets Haiti’s SouthEast department, District of Belle Anse, covering the communes of Belle Anse, Grand Gosier, Thiotte and Anse-a-Pitres.
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“In light of the current global economic crisis affecting millions around the world, especially in poor countries like Haiti and the Dominican Republic, BRA’s programs are timely as they will provide thousands with economic tools to meet their current economic hardships, and to better themselves and their communities,” said Gaillard.

The situation: Amid destruction, resulting from a powerful earthquake that hard hit Haiti on January 12th, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is putting in place a collaborative relief effort to address short-term as well as long-term needs of the population. Click HERE for more details.
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BRA's post stablization intervention: BRA is activitely mobilizing support (cash and in-kind) from its US-based strategic partners and strategizing with regional partners to prepare a sustainable relief intervention for Haiti. It is our belief that in the aftermath of disasters of such great magnitude, it is more appropriate to allow the local authority and international experts to first intervene and stabalize the situation. Once this is done, BRA will continue to be more involved in the post-emergent period to support the population when all the attention is turned away from it. That's when we can do the most good.
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*Latest Update on BRA's effort*: BRA is collaborating with US-based Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) to dispatch a team of health specialists, doctors, nurses and assistants to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The group leaves New York on January 16 and 18 on a ten-day journey to disaster sites to deliver emergency medical aid to those who are severely hurt. The BRA/AMHE mission objective is to work closely with local and international health experts and Haiti's Ministry of Health to help save and stabalize lives. The group will travel to the DR first to coordinate logistics with BRA's local office, BRA Dominicana, and then head for Haiti via the border. We will keep you posted.
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Help HAITI and Donate: BRA’s immediate need is to raise the most funds as possible. The organization encourages everyone from any part of the globe to visit its website at www.bateyrelief.org, click on DONATE NOW, and make a gift. For those who wish to mail in their tax-deductible checks, to make them payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.
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BRA's strategic partners: Haiti's Ministry of Health, Dominican's Ministry of Health, Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, USAID, USDA, Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, New York State Department of Health, Partners In Health, IDA Foundation, University of Indiana, Vitamin Angel Alliance, United Natural Foods, Nordic Naturals and DDA-Major League Baseball.
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Contact: Ulrick Gaillard, CEO at bra@bateyrelief.org or (917) 627-5026. Visit us at www.bateyrelie.org.

The situation: Amid destruction, resulting from a powerful earthquake that hard hit Haiti on January 12th, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is putting in place a collaborative relief effort to address short-term as well as long-term needs of the population. Click HERE for more details.
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BRA's post stablization intervention: BRA is activitely mobilizing support (cash and in-kind) from its US-based strategic partners and strategizing with regional partners to prepare a sustainable relief intervention for Haiti. It is our belief that in the aftermath of disasters of such great magnitude, it is more appropriate to allow the local authority and international experts to first intervene and stabalize the situation. Once this is done, BRA will continue to be more involved in the post-emergent period to support the population when all the attention is turned away from it. That's when we can do the most good.
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*Latest Update on BRA's effort*: On January 11th, 2010, Batey Relief Alliance’s CEO Ulrick Gaillard (left) signed an important agreement with Haiti's Secretary of Health Dr. Alex Larsen (right) just one day before the 7.0-magnitude deadly earthquake and dozens of aftershocks hard hit Haiti on January 12th. Click HERE for more details. “This agreement gave birth to a new strategic partnership between BRA and Haiti's Ministry of Health in healthcare research and services for the Southeast Department, Capital of Jacmel, District of Belle Anse, covering the communes of Belle Anse, Grand Gosier, Thiotte and Anse-a-Pitres,” said Gaillard. The document also provides for BRA to take full control of and operate Anse-a-Pitres’ only medical center, located on the border of the Dominican Republic’s province of Pedernales, to deliver critical health services and essential medicines to the populations.While international relief effort has focused most of its energy on Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, the country’s third province has been completely devastated and received almost no assistance. Gaillard added that the new center is strategically located to serve as a central point to deliver immediate disaster assistance, provide support for extended relief efforts, and dispatch mobile healthcare units to hard-to-reached areas of the SouthEast.
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Help HAITI and Donate: BRA’s immediate need is to raise the most funds as possible. The organization encourages everyone from any part of the globe to visit its website at www.bateyrelief.org, click on DONATE NOW, and make a gift. For those who wish to mail in their tax-deductible checks, to make them payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.
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BRA's strategic partners: Haiti's Ministry of Health, Dominican's Ministry of Health, Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, USAID, USDA, Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, New York State Department of Health, Partners In Health, IDA Foundation, University of Indiana, Vitamin Angel Alliance, United Natural Foods, Nordic Naturals and DDA-Major League Baseball.
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Contact: Ulrick Gaillard, CEO at bra@bateyrelief.org or (917) 627-5026. Visit us at www.bateyrelie.org

The situation: Amid destruction, resulting from a powerful earthquake that hard hit Haiti on January 12th, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is putting in place a collaborative relief effort to address short-term as well as long-term needs of the population.
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BRA's post stablization intervention: BRA is activitely mobilizing support (cash and in-kind) from its US-based strategic partners and strategizing with regional partners to prepare a sustainable relief intervention for Haiti. It is our belief that in the aftermath of disasters of such great magnitude, it is more appropriate to allow the local authority and international experts to first intervene and stabalize the situation. Once this is done, BRA will continue to be more involved in the post-emergent period to support the population when all the attention is turned away from it. That's when we can do the most good.
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*Latest Update on BRA's effort*: Jacmel, Haiti's third main province located in the Southeast Department, has been as ravaged as Port-au-Prince with thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless with no where to go and sleep. Since the earthquake almost three weeks ago, almost no help has reached this severely damaged community. Jacmel's authority has contacted Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) in urgent need of 10,000 thousand tents to temporarily house children and their families in desperate need of a place to sleep at night. BRA is looking for kind donors that can donate these tents for the people of Haiti. If you are a donor or know of others who can donate these tents for the people of Haiti, please contact BRA immediately at bra@bateyrelief.org or (917) 627-5026. We count you your support. Thank you in advance.
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Help HAITI and Donate alternatively: BRA’s immediate need is to raise the most funds as possible. The organization encourages everyone from any part of the globe to visit its website at www.bateyrelief.org, click on DONATE NOW, and make a gift. For those who wish to mail in their tax-deductible checks, to make them payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.
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BRA's strategic partners: Haiti's Ministry of Health, Dominican's Ministry of Health, Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, USAID, USDA, Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, New York State Department of Health, Partners In Health, IDA Foundation, University of Indiana, Vitamin Angel Alliance, United Natural Foods, Nordic Naturals and DDA-Major League Baseball.
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Contact: Ulrick Gaillard, CEO at bra@bateyrelief.org or (917) 627-5026. Visit us at www.bateyrelie.org.

SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. – Ulrick Gaillard, CEO of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is scheduled to travel to the Republic of Haiti on February 12th to meet with the country’s Minister of Health, Dr. Alex Larsen and elected and health officials from the Southeast Department to discuss his organization’s long-term plans, within Haiti’s national recovery/reconstruction objectives, to discuss long-term health needs of populations living in Haiti’s border region.
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One day before the earthquake, Gaillard signed in Port-au-Prince an important partnership agreement with Dr. Larsen handing over full control of the Southeast’s only Medical Center to BRA to operate and manage. “Once fully renovated and equipped, the facility, located in Anse-a-Pitres, will have the capacity to deliver complete health services and medicines to 200,000 people from other surrounding communes, including Grand Gosier, Belle Anse and Thiotte,” said Gaillard. He added that BRA’s long-term plan will include water and sanitations and education to prevent diseases.
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Since the earthquake, thousands of desperate Haitians travelled to the border into Anse-a-Pitres, seeking the most basic necessities to survive. We fear that the population growth in this tiny community, already overpopulated and plagued by extreme poverty, will result in an increased and desperate need for food, medicines and medical care—a demand that BRA is willing to meet collaboratively with Haiti’s Ministry of Health.
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Help HAITI and Donate: BRA’s immediate need is to raise the most funds as possible. The organization encourages everyone from any part of the globe to visit its website at www.bateyrelief.org, click on DONATE NOW, and make a gift. For those who wish to mail in their tax-deductible checks, to make them payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.
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BRA's strategic partners: Haiti's Ministry of Health, Dominican's Ministry of Health, Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, USAID, USDA, Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, New York State Department of Health, Partners In Health, IDA Foundation, University of Indiana, Vitamin Angel Alliance, United Natural Foods, Nordic Naturals and DDA-Major League Baseball.
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Contact: Ulrick Gaillard, CEO at bra@bateyrelief.org or (917) 627-5026. Visit us at www.bateyrelie.org.

1.14.2010
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BRA's post stablization intervention: BRA is activitely mobilizing support (cash and in-kind) and strategizing with regional partners to continue its relief intervention into Haiti. It is our belief that in the aftermath of disasters of such great magnitude, it is more appropriate to allow the local authority and international experts to first intervene and stabalize the situation. Once this is done, BRA will continue to be more involved in the post-emergent period to support the population when all the attention is turned away from it. That's when we can do the most good.
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*Latest Update on BRA's effort*: Since the mega earthquake it Haiti on January 12th, killing more than 250,000, BRA responded swiftly by sponsoring four medical mission trips with more than 100 volunteer medical and relief aid personnel from the US, Haiti and the Dominican Republic delivering critical medical care, psychological aid, and essential medicine and medical supplies to thousands of victims in devastated areas of Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Jacmel and Carrefour. Three more missions are scheduled (March through June) to deliver more urgent medical services and antibiotics, as well as dental care, eye care and prescription eye glasses to Haitians living in the Southeast Department border region of Haiti and those who have crossed the border inside the DR seeking emergency medical assistance.
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BRA also coordinated with strategic partners such as Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board/Brystol Meyers, and Americares/National Cancer Coalition to deliver millions of dollars worth of medicines, medical supplies and water purification PUR tablets into Haiti. BRA’s sponsored relief activities were made possible by the generous support of donors like you and partnerships of Student Volunteer Optometrists for Service of Humanity-New England College of Optometry (SVOSH-NECO), Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE), IDDI and Red Jacques Viau.
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Haiti’s recovery and rebuilding may take a long time and will require long-term strategies and collaborative efforts. On January 11th 2010, Haiti’s Ministry of Health entered into an agreement with BRA, whereby BRA assumed full control, operation and management duties over the government’s medical facility located in the Southeast Department’s commune of Anse-a-Pitres. BRA is now working closely with the Haitian and US governments to respond to widespread health needs of 200,000 people living in the Southeastern border region, by developing water/sanitations and health, delivering urgent supplies as well as repairing basic services.
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In order to proceed with our next phase of long-term recovery/rebuilding of Haiti, BRA will need your continued support. We ask that you give alternatively. Please give to Batey Relief Alliance by donating online at DONATE NOW or mailing in your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.
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BRA's strategic partners: Haiti's Ministry of Health, Dominican's Ministry of Health, Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, USAID, USDA, Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, New York State Department of Health, Partners In Health, IDA Foundation, University of Indiana, Vitamin Angel Alliance, United Natural Foods, Nordic Naturals and DDA-Major League Baseball.
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Contact: Ulrick Gaillard, CEO at bra@bateyrelief.org or (917) 627-5026. Visit us at www.bateyrelie.org.

3/9/2010
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Anse-a-Pitres - As part of its continuing disaster relief intervention in Haiti, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is dispatching on March 27th a team of 20 dental and medical specialists from the United States to far-reached earthquake-affected border commune of Anse-a-Pitres to deliver much needed dental and medical care to children and their families living in impoverished conditions.
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The week-long intervention is designed for American and Haitian volunteers to travel to Haiti’s inaccessible communities to evaluate and treat general health and dental conditions of people who are completely isolated from medical services and international aid.
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Since the 7.0-magnitude powerful earthquake hard hit Haiti on January 12th, killing more than 250,000, BRA responded swiftly by sponsoring medical mission trips and coordinating the donations of millions of dollars-worth of medicine and medical supplies. More missions are scheduled to deliver more urgent medical services and antibiotics, as well as eye care and prescription eye glasses to Haitians living in Haiti’s Southeast Department border region and those who have crossed the border into the Dominican Republic seeking emergency medical assistance. Click HERE to view images.
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Please help the Batey Relief Alliance continue to help the people of Haiti. Donate alternatively by clicking HERE or mailing in your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

3/14/2010
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ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti. – The offices of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) announced yesterday the launching of a new program of collaboration with its regional partner, Population Services International, in the Southeast border region of the Republic of Haiti. This program of health crisis promotion and prevention carries out educational activities that promote healthy habits among the Haitian population which, became victim of a powerful earthquake on January 12th that killed more than 300,000 people.
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Residents of Anse-a-Pitres, Belle Anse and Jacmel receive orientation in topics such as hygiene, proper handling of water, sexual and reproductive health, and prevention of sexually-transmitted infections, accompanied by the distribution of free lubricant condoms “Panté”. The program also received the support of Academy for Educational Development (AED) with the donation of 900 hygiene kits and Americares which donated 2 million PuR tablets to purify water.
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BRA is already developing several other projects in the region, including a Women’s Economic Empowerment funded by USAID, multivitamins and deworming, and health services. On January 11th 2010, BRA signed an important agreement with Haiti’s Ministry of Health handing over to the organization the full management and control of the Southeast's only medical center located in the commune of Anse-Pitres.
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Please help the Batey Relief Alliance continue to help the people of Haiti. Donate alternatively by clicking HERE or mailing in your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

3/25/2010
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MONTE PLATA, D.R. - As part of its Blindness Prevention program in the Dominican Republic, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is partnering with the Student Volunteer Optometrists for Service of Humanity (SVOSH) of the New England College of Optometry to bring 22 students and faculty to deliver critical eye care and fee eye glasses to 1500 children and adults with eye problems, in need of a pair of glasses, and who are living in extreme poverty.
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The seven-day mission activities, co-sponsored by the Lions Club Arroyo Hondo Santo Domingo, will take place from April March 10th through the 18th inside impoverished sugarcane plantations communities of YAMASA, province of Monte Plata. “Hundreds are expected to travel far away and beyond the bateyes take advantage of this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to check and treat their vision,” said Nicole Ross, SVOSH-NECO President.
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Ross also added that patients who need follow-up or specialized care will be referred to BRA’s medical center in Monte Plata where complete optometric and ophthalmological care is provided to thousands in each year. The SVOSH-NECO team, a long-time partner to BRA, is fully-equipped and self-sufficient, and will travel with sophisticated equipment, thousands of dollars in medicines, eye drops, eyeglasses and supplies.
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Please help the Batey Relief Alliance. Donate alternatively by clicking HERE or mailing in your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

As part of a new Development Grant Program (DGP) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Republic of Haiti, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) received more than $400,000 to develop a Women’s Empowerment Program in the South-East Department, Capital of Jacmel, and District of Belle Anse, covering the communes of Grand Gosier, Thiotte and Anse-a-Pitres.
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Launched in January 2010, the three-year program is designed to increase capacity of women’s community organizations to address issues of gender equity, skills training for durable employment and/or support for asset formation among women, and improve credit access to women to support economic growth of women-owned businesses. “The goal is to create an environment where women have the skills, assets and social capital to advance their own interests,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO.
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Thousands of women in Haiti’s Southeast Department struggle disproportionately with a combination of economic, health and domestic issues. These challenges translate into an environment where women lack the power to take actions to improve their own quality of life. “Taking into account its remote geographic location and the lack of available government resources, the solutions to the socio-economic challenges faced by women in Haiti’s border region will have to be generated within their own communities,” added Gaillard.
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At the end of the program, it is expected that at least 30 women’s organizations formally established, 60 women trained as organizational leaders, 600 women trained through vocational skills development programs, 150 women trained as Community Health Promoters, 300 women eligible for credit, one district wide Network of Women’s Organizations established, improved financial stability for 600 women headed households (including 2400 indirect beneficiaries), reduced vulnerability to HIV among participating women, and 300 microloans distributed to women entrepreneurs through sustainable lending program.
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The DGP grant also provides for technical assistance to BRA, through the Capable Partners Program, designed to increase the organization’s capacity to respond timely and effectively to the requirements and objectives of the program. BRA’s local program partners include microcredit-based FONKOZE, Partners In Health and Catholic Medical Mission Board.
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BRA’s DGP program activities directly contribute to accomplishing goals established under USAID Haiti’s ‘Investing in People’, by directing technical assistance and resources to vulnerable women in the underserved border region of Haiti. “BRA’s activities invest in women and equip them to participate in community decision making, strengthen household incomes, and engage in preventive health maintenance,” concluded Gaillard.

6/20/2010
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PIANTINI, Santo Domingo, D.R. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) donated $2 million to the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) to improve agricultural training, production and marketing, and planning more profitable crops inside Dominican Republic’s agricultural batey communities. BRA’s international assistance grant falls under the USDA’s Food for Progress Program and supports agricultural and rural development, while helping to address food shortages. The project is being implemented by Batey Relief Alliance’s Dominican-based field organization BRA Dominicana, in partnerships with various key government entities, including the State Sugar Council, Dominican Agrarian Institute, Monte Plata Office of Senatorial Management and the Department of Agriculture.
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“The two-year project has the capacity to create food security and economic self-sufficiency for 35,000 people living in extreme poverty inside seven batey communities in the province of Monte Plata,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Gaillard also added that more than 700 farmers are now working 1,500 acres of fertile land and developing their community infrastructures for long-term agricultural and economic development and growth.
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As part of other project benchmarks, BRA established an Agricultural Cooperative to teach 7,000 participating farmers/members how to manage and sell more profitable crops, create sustainable business plans, and apply for loans and credits and reach more consumers. “In light of the current global economic crisis affecting millions around the world, especially in poor countries, the USDA grant is timely as it responds directly to the dire economic conditions facing thousands languishing in these vulnerable agricultural batey regions,” concluded Gaillard.
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USDA’s Food for Progress Program provides U.S. agricultural commodities to developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector. Commodities are provided on a donation basis to foreign governments, private voluntary organizations, non-profit organizations, cooperatives or intergovernmental organizations. Projects are chosen based on their agricultural focus, the country's needs, and organization's management, experience and financial and technical capabilities.

7/14/2010
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PIANTINI, Santo Domingo, DR. – Since 2005, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) developed a comprehensive HIV/AIDS program, funded by USAID/CONECA, delivering free healthcare, antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and medicines to hundreds of children and adults infected/affected by HIV and AIDS inside impoverished sugar cane batey communities in the province of Monte Plata. The program is implemented in partnerships with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative and the Dominican’s Ministry of Health. “But one crucial component was missing in the program all along, until three years ago the USAID donated to BRA its first 75 MT tons of dehydrated food to distribute to most at-risk patients of malnutrition undergoing ARV treatment,” said Ulrick Gaillard, CEO of the BRA.
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In its third-year funding, USAID completely financed BRA’s food distribution program in the Dominican Republic with annual grants of $288,075 of which, $173,100 goes toward food commodities and $114,975 for the receipt, rapid transportation, delivery, and distribution of the commodities to vulnerable populations, including HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis sufferers, pregnant women, the elderly and grandparents caring for orphaned/vulnerable children (OVC). “The International Food Relief Partnership (IFRP) is a USAID Food for Peace Title II Initiative to support the production, stockpiling, transportation, delivery, and distribution of shelf-stable, prepackaged foods by U.S. non-profit and Public International Organizations. And we are glad to partner with BRA to help the people of the Dominican Republic,” said Ben Vogler, IFRP’s Program Officer.
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The USAID food distribution program complements two other important BRA programs in the DR: the Micronutrient/deworming providing food to 62,000 undernourished children taking multivitamins and antiparasitic medicines, and the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment providing food to those who are malnourished and undergoing ARV therapy or taking potent medicines to fight opportunistic infections. “Proper nutrition has shown to have not only positive physical and psychological results on our patients, but also tremendous economic impacts on their communities,” added Gaillard.
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Aside from distributing food to residents living of Monte Plata, BRA expands the program’s reach by donating food commodities to a dozen local partner non-governmental and government organizations addressing food insecurity for impoverished populations in other far-reached vulnerable communities in other provinces and border localities.
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But Gaillard concluded that while the USAID’s Food Distribution is a crucial program that continues to addressing food needs and save lives of thousands in DR’s communities, but the program could have even greater impacts on thousands more living in economically-isolated border communities in the neighboring Republic of Haiti recently ravaged by the mega earthquake that recently killed more than 300,000 and left more than 1 million homeless, sick and hungry.

PIANTINI, Santo Domingo, D.R. – Evaluators from Columbia University School of Social Work and Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and School of Public and Environmental Affairs recently conducted a two-month study to evaluate patient treatment and satisfaction at BRA’s medical center in the province of Monte Plata. Three years earlier, BRA summoned a much broader study by a team of researchers from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Mailman School of Public Health to determine the impact the organization’s humanitarian health services have on the Dominican Republic’s vulnerable populations.
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Both studies have found that BRA’s health programs are meeting an unmet need for quality health services in DR’s vulnerable communities and have a very high level of satisfaction among beneficiaries. Some key findings have also found that BRA has greatly improved the population’s ability to obtain quality health services; 96% of patients are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the services while 100% expressed plans to return for future medical needs; BRA has an absolute advantage in providing HIV Care and Treatment services in the region of Monte Plata; and BRA has a strong advantage in the provision of health promotion services through volunteer health promoters. Despite BRA’s relatively well-positioned and competitive work, however, 51% of patients recommended that BRA offers a greater variety of specialized medical services; has a greater flow of essential medicines; and builds a 24-hour/day in-patient clinic.
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Since 1997, BRA delivers critical health services and essential medicines to more than 80,000 people each year living in impoverished communities including the bateyes, urban and rural slums and border localities. In 2005, BRA built and operated an integrated modern medical center inside batey Cinco Casas offering a variety of services, including primary health care, pediatrics, counseling, dental services, ophthalmology, gynecology, and specialized services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. “In our continuing effort to improve the quality of our services and meet the community’s health needs, BRA sought to collect critical data and assess organizational and community needs in order to appropriately plan for long-term capacity building and growth,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO.
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BRA’s successful heath intervention is due to the available of free medicines to the poor donated by loyal partners such as Direct Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, National Cancer Coalition, Vitamin Angel Alliance, etc.
Since January 2010, BRA expanded its health intervention into the border regions of Haiti operating a medical clinic in the commune of Anse-a-Pitres.

8/21/2010
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic. - The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) was invited to exhibit its humanitarian work during a three-day event blitz —called Expo Monte Plata 2010—from August 13-15, organized by the Senatorial office of Charlie Mariotti promoting the province of Monte Plata’s rich agricultural, cultural and eco-touristic values. More than 25,000 attended the event and visited the BRA’s giant stand that displayed large posters and photographs of farmers, tractors and trucks engaging in the development of agriculture and community infrastructures inside seven agricultural batey rural communities. The BRA-USDA agricultural initiative, in its first year, is exemplary as it created a cooperative with 7,000 new members to work closely with 700 farmers to work 1500 acres of fertile land to produce food security and economic self-sufficiency for 35,000 people. Hundreds of brochures, pamphlets, and small gifts were distributed to visitors – and BRA’s personnel (agricultural specialists and health promoters) was also available to educate the public about the agricultural project and how it fits within the province’s New Millennium Plan to fight hunger and poverty by fortifying agriculture development inside impoverished communities.

On this very day of October 23, 2010—the thirteenth-year anniversary of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA), I am proud to present to you the results of the work we executed from 2009 - 2010 on behalf of thousands of children and their families who are in desperate need in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, more particularly those living inside vulnerable sugarcane plantations bateyes, urban/rural slums, and border communities. Please click HERE to download a copy of BRA's 2009-2.010 Annual Work Report.
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Thanks to the generous support of our friends, partners and donors, our dedicated Boards of Directors, personnel, volunteers and missionaries, and the loyalty of the communities we serve, our accomplishments reached beyond what we had expected. Through direct and indirect services and bona fide partnerships with local governmental and non-governmental organizations and the international community, we served an unprecedented number of over 200,000 people. We know there are many challenges that await us, but we will overcome them with the same skills, discipline and creative wisdom that have enabled us to succeed in the past years.
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As we embark on our new endeavors to meet the increased need of women and earthquake-affected internally-displaced people in Haiti’s Southeast border region or unemployed farmers inside the bateyes facing severe economic hardship, however, more funding will be needed to help rebuild their lives. The generous support of donors like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allowed us to strengthen our base as we expand our horizons. Your continued support is essential to our continued success. I thank you in advance. Respectfully,
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Ulrick Gaillard, J.D.
Founder/CEO

10/15/2010
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New York, N.Y. - The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is currently recruiting mission groups wishing to carry out five working-day trips to serve impoverished families in immediate need of emergency medical, dental or eye care living in vulnerable sugarcane “batey” rural communities of the Dominican Republic or Haiti’s Southeast border region. BRA has 12 years of experience hosting mission groups from the United States, Canada, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Our missionaries and volunteers travel to communities where basic services are scarce to share their expertise with local professionals and deliver culturally-oriented services in areas of general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and blindness prevention. Other activities may include disaster relief, repairing or constructing homes or schools, or starting a new project of community building or education.
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To register your mission group with BRA for a mission trip in 2011 to Haiti or the Dominican Republic, click HERE. http://www.bateyrelief.org/2010/10/16/mission-trip-opportunities-to-the-...

11/1/2010
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Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is dispatching on November 13tha team of medical professionalsNew York, N.Y. – The Batey Relief and experts from the United States to Haiti’s Southeast border region to respond, in part, to the cholera epidemic that is now affecting the Haitian population. Led by BRA’s International Medical Director, Dr. Raymond Thertulien, the US-based group, in collaboration with the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, will spend one week at BRA’s medical center in Anse-a-Pitres working side by side with local BRA healthcare personnel to provide much needed medical attention to help ease/address the health crisis that is currently unfolding in various parts of the country. Additionally, the team will educate the people on the risk factors of cholera and treat those who may have already been affected by this deadly diarrheal disease. The 13-member medical mission team (8 physicians, 4 nurses and 1 certified nurse anesthetist from Asheville, N.C., New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Dominican Republic and Haiti) will also perform minor surgeries, and deliver care in general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. Free medicines, chlorine, antibiotics, and other health-related supplies donated by BRA’s partner Direct Relief International, will be distributed to the population.

In the presence of hundreds of people gathered at the BRA’s Medical Center inside Batey Cinco Casas in the province of Monte Plata to celebrate World AIDS Day, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) presented the “True Partners Award” to three local organizations, including the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Population Services International and Global Fund’s del Instituto Dermatológico y Cirugía de Piel for their life-saving work with BRA to fight HIV and AIDS in the Dominican Republic (DR). Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO commented that for the past five years, his organization worked strategically with these partners to help strengthen the DR’s National Response to Fight AIDS inside the bateyes, by forming dozens of young leaders to work on education campaigns; collaborating with communities and key actors to reduce the spread of the virus and deliver microcredit/economic assistance and comprehensive health and HIV (antiretroviral) treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS; and providing nutritional aid to orphans and vulnerable children, pregnant women and the elderly. In compliance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, BRA continues to further develop its HIV/AIDS comprehensive program in Monte Plata by creating agricultural cooperatives to develop infrastructures and agriculture inside seven batey communities in order to produce food security and economic self-sufficiency for 35,000 people, including HIV/AIDS-affected families. Currently BRA works in more than 70 bateyes and rural communities of the provinces Monte Plata and Pedernales and in the Southeast border regions of the Republic of Haiti.

12/11/2010
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - As part of its continuing humanitarian intervention in the economically-isolated and medically-deprived Southeast border region of Haiti, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is scheduled to dispatch from January 2-9, 2011 a team of nine American dentists and assistants to deliver preventive dental care to impoverished children and their families living in the commune of Anse-a-Pitres. “The week-long dental intervention will take place at BRA’s medical clinic in Anse-a-Pitres and free care will also be provided along with free toothbrushes, pastes and flosses to anyone in critical need, including quake-affected internally-displaced people and those living in the Dominican Republic’s community of Pedernales,” said Dr. Thomas Beague, BRA’s Dental Mission Chief. Since the 7.0-magnitude powerful earthquake devastated Haiti on January 12th, killing more than 300,000 people and leaving another 1.3 million sick, homeless and hungry, BRA responded swiftly by sponsoring medical mission trips and coordinating the donations of millions of dollars-worth of medicine and medical supplies and food. Dr. Beague added that more missions are scheduled in 2011 to continue delivering more urgent medical and dental services and antibiotics, as well as eye care and prescription eye glasses to the populations. Please help the Batey Relief Alliance continue to help the suffering people of Haiti. Donate alternatively by clicking online or mailing in your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

12/13/2010
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With a grant of $358,000 and technical assistance from the USAID’s Food for Peace Office, the Batey Relief Alliance, over a one-year period, is scheduled to distribute 93.8 metric tons of food to 12,800 food-insecure and vulnerable Haitians in the Southeast border regions of Haiti, including pregnant women, people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans/vulnerable children and internally-displaced people in the communes of Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gosier. A similar program will also be implemented inside the Dominican Republic’s bateyes.

SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. – The Dominican Senate has passed a resolution to formally recognize the humanitarian work of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) in the Dominican Republic. Since 1998, BRA worked in some of the country’s most marginalized communities serving the most vulnerable. “We are truely honored by this great gesture. We thank all involved from the bottom of my hearts,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s Founder and CEO. More information at:

http://www.bateyrelief.org/2010/12/16/dr-senate-to-recognize-batey-relie...

12/28/2010
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ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti: As the number of cholera cases has risen to 92 in the tiny isolated southeastern border commune of Anse-a-Pitres, where BRA operates the region’s only medical clinic, it has become clear, according to BRA’s health team that the organization must install fast a Cholera Treatment Unit (CTU) in order to meet the growing health needs of patients and control the rapid spread of the disease. The population of Anse-a-Pitres, around 30,000, lives in extreme poverty with limited access to electricity, paved roads, water/sanitation and adequate medical care – or government support. Many consume contaminated water, thus exposing them to countless intestinal-related diseases, including Cholera. Road access is virtually absent making it extremely difficult to receive outside aid. BRA is now in conversation with Haiti’s health ministry, local elected officials, and a number of international aid groups to determine the most appropriate way to collaboratively respond to the fast growing deadly epidemic that is now affecting not only Haiti’s greater border communities (Thiotte, Grand Gosier, Belle Anse), but some of the Dominican Republic’s cities as well. BRA has received the support of groups such as the Clinton Foundation, United Nations Funds and Doctors of the World donating life-saving medicines and supplies to supply its clinic. But funds are needed rapidly to build the CTU. Please make an online gift of $50, $75, $100 or more to help BRA save lives.

Haiti Quake: “the world must respond not to a tragedy that involved an earthquake, but to its own disregard of a proud people left abandoned and disoriented in a circle of poverty."
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ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti. – Fourteen years ago when the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) launched its first international aid mission targeting the Dominican Republic’s sugarcane plantations rural “bateys”, it was to reactivate these communities via delivering the highest quality health services to medically-deprived and economically-disenfranchised populations plagued by extreme poverty, disease and hunger. Today, through BRA’s comprehensive development programs in Health and HIV/AIDS prevention/treatment, water/sanitation, agricultural/cooperative development and food security, and microcredit, more than 100,000 people are now actively involved in the socio-economic development of their communities. On January 12, 2010, the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere was hit by the region’s most devastating earthquake killing more than 300,000 people and leaving 1.5 million homeless, hungry and sick. In a swift response to the tragedy, BRA expanded its humanitarian effort to reach the already forgotten children and families and now thousands of internally-displaced people (IDP) in far-reached and economically-isolated quake-affected communities near the Southeastern border region with the Dominican Republic. BRA dispatched hundreds of volunteers, partnered with mission groups, and mobilized millions of dollars worth of medicines and relief supplies to deliver life-saving emergency aid to thousands of victims. “We responded to a tragedy that did not involve only the earthquake, but also of a proud people that has been for too long abandoned and disoriented in a circle of poverty,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO.
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To respond to the long-term need of 95,000 residents and the additional 10,000 IDP in the border communities of Anse-a-Pitres, Belle Anse, Thiotte and Grand Gosier severely affected by the quake, hurricane Tomas and now the cholera epidemic, BRA secured more than $1 million in grants from key partners like USAID, Direct Relief International, Public Services International, Breedlove Dehydrated, Americares/National Cancer Coalition, UNFI and individual donors to develop new programs in women’s economic empowerment, food security, preventive health and HIV/AIDS and Water/sanitation. In collaboration with Haiti-based NGOs such as FONKOZE, Partners in Health and Catholic Medical Mission Board and other local groups, BRA installed a new water extraction/purification center; upgraded the local medical clinic; and mounted a Cholera Treatment Unit to control the spread of the epidemic and treat patients with the disease and other health problems; distributed emergency food to 64,800 people; and trained 600 women in finance management to obtain microcredit loans to rebuild their economically-shattered communities.

Earlier this month, the office of President Bill Clinton invited Ulrick Gaillard, founder/CEO of the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) to become member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—a community of international leaders committed to identifying groundbreaking solutions that reduce poverty, improve the environment, and increase access to health care and education around the world. Throughout the year, CGI helps companies, nonprofits, and governmental organizations build partnerships that match cutting edge ideas with the resources needed to create real change. The CGI community is driven by a common belief that by “working together, we can do more.” CGI members have launched nearly 2,000 projects, improving the lives of 300 million people in more than 170 countries. Membership culminates in CGI’s Annual Meeting, an invitation-only event for top leaders from around the world, which will be held in New York September 19 – 22, 2011. Since 2005, CGI’s Annual Meetings have convened nearly 150 current and former heads of State, along with 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners and hundreds of top CEOs. Nearly 1,000 journalists cover CGI’s Annual Meetings, as the events recognize the progress that CGI’s members have achieved. In 2005, BRA partnered with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, along with USAID and the Dominican Ministry of Health to deliver critical health and antiretroviral treatment to vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS inside vulnerable batey communities of the Dominican Republic.

As part of its continuing effort to improve living conditions inside deep rural vulnerable batey communities in the Dominican Republic, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) collaborated with the Presbyterian Church-USA’s Committee for Self-Development of People (SDOP) to install three new water systems inside Batey Cojobal, a severely impoverished community of 150 families located in the district Sabana Grande de Boyá, province of Monte Plata. “There is no reason why people have to resort to drinking contaminated waters to harm their health. We want to benefit the majority of residents with these water systems to enhance the quality of their lives,” said Cynthia White, SDOP international director. For thirty years, residents of this tiny community relied mainly on contaminated rivers, rain, or open wells as a source of water—all of which contained water-borne pathogens. Based on a BRA’s statistics, about 14% of all patients who visited its medical clinic sought treatment for parasitic infections, and those at highest risk of diseases or death are young children and people living with HIV/AIDS, whom do not have a hardy immune system to defend against the pathogens that often cause diarrhea-related rapid weight loss and death. “Understanding that access to clean water has been for too long deprived to these people and we were determined and committed to finding a permanent solution to this problem,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Three years ago, BRA initiated an aggressive campaign to reduce water-related diseases by distributing 63 biosand water filters to families and 4 million multivitamins and antiparasitic tablets to rid 62,000 children of intestinal worms – thus improving their lives and health. “The new Cojobal clean water distribution project not only will positively impact the health of more than 2,000 people, but also their community’s economy by eliminating the need for residents to purchase high-priced gallons of water,” added Gaillard.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO travels to Washington D.C. tomorrow morning for a one-day visit with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials to discuss the progress and success of the organization’s current agricultural/cooperative initiative, under a USDA-funded Food for Progress program, being developed inside seven rural batey communities in the province of Monte Plata – and evaluate the need for similar projects in the neighboring Haiti. In 2009, USDA awarded BRA more than $1.5 million to establish the bateyes’ first member-owned and managed agricultural cooperative to coordinate training and the development of community infrastructures and 105 acres of fertile land to produce food security and economic self-sufficiency for 35,000 beneficiaries and their families. Under its regional Food Security program, BRA is currently distributing, through a USAID Food for Peace Program, 187.6 metric tons (more than 9 million rations) of Breedlove dehydrated lentil blend food product to 25,600 food insecure and earthquake-affected people living in Haiti’s vulnerable and impoverished border communes of Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gosier and the Dominican Republic’s sugarcane “batey” communities and urban and rural barrios.

PIANTINI, S.D. – James Watson, Acting Director of USAID in the Dominican Republic visited today the Batey Relief Alliance’s headquarters in Santo Domingo where he met with the organization’s CEO, Ulrick Gaillard and other senior BRA personnel. Mr. Watson discussed the humanitarian contribution of the BRA to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and the strong partnership it has developed over the years with USAID. Since 2005, BRA received from the USAID US $2.2 million to develop programs in health/HIV/AIDS, food security and community development inside vulnerable and impoverished Dominican’s bateyes and Haiti’s border communities.
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Through a Family Health International-managed “CONECTA” HIV/AIDS project, BRA launched an aggressive HIV/AIDS/Tuberculosis education and prevention campaign to help control and reduce the disease alarming rates inside the bateyes in the region of Monte Plata. Through a Food for Peace (IFRP) initiative, BRA distributed 412.6 MT of high protein food products to 258,600 food insecure people living with HIV/AIDS/TB, vulnerable/orphan children, pregnant women, the elderly and quake-affected internally-displaced people. The food distribution program is now fused as a temporary nutritional bridge into BRA’s USDA-newly-funded agricultural/cooperative development program inside seven batey communities. In 2010, USAID became the first donor to fund BRA’s expansion work into Haiti’s Southeast border communities by organizing and training 600 women around issues of health, gender-based violence, food security, and financial/microcredit management. The women’s “Development Grants” empowerment program aims at building the capacity of Haitian women and providing them with loans to start new businesses and rebuild their quake-shattered communities.

3/17/2011
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ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti. – In 2009, under a Development Grants Program (DGP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) became the first major donor to fund a women’s empowerment project within three Southeastern border communes of Haiti (Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gosier) for the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) to organize and train 600 Haitian women and give them the tools they need to advance their own interests around issues of health, gender-based violence, food insecurity and financial/microcredit management. “The DGP helped BRA expand its progressive work into a country devastated by back-to-back natural disasters, healthcare emergencies, hunger and high unemployment,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Added to this, gender inequality often leaves the women helpless, without tools to break the cycle of poverty or advance their knowledge about those who can offer a hand-up. In consequence, Gaillard added, “the DGP aims at building capacity and providing 150 micro loans to the women to start new businesses and rebuild their economically-shattered communities.”
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Meanwhile, food insecurity for these women continued to be an economic obstacle being aggravated by a lack of farmable land, agricultural supplies such as fertilizer, food crops, water resources, and an economic framework that would guarantee long-term economic/food independence. To address this, BRA, within the DGP, developed an agricultural component by providing training and visual demonstrations to 207 women and helping them to create small-scale agricultural gardens to produce basic food for their households. Training included the production of composts and a cooperative nursery where women plant crops like eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and cabbages. Anse-a-Pitres now has upwards of fifteen tire-gardens—a system that allows women to plant in their yards even if soil or space is limited. Project staff provides composts, seeds and labor. Women are also encouraged to provide some of the materials in order to reinforce ownership and break the cycle of complete dependency on aid.
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BRA is already strategizing to create a cross-border agricultural development effort by connecting the Haiti small-scale garden initiative with its successful United States Department of Agriculture/Food for Progress (FFP)-funded 7,000-member cooperative-run agricultural program currently producing animals and food crops for 35,000 people inside Dominican’s bateyes. BRA previews to donate free supplies; use its agricultural experience in the bateyes to train women garden holders about advanced crop preservation and production, proper food handling, and marketing and cooperative sales; and eventually exchange or sell low-cost products of animals and food crops for cross-border/regional export business ventures.
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Meanwhile, through a USAID-funded Food for Peace (IFRP) initiative, BRA is filling an important food/nutritional gap by distributing 187.6 MT of high protein Breedlove food supplement to 153,600 food insecure people inside bateyes and border communities, including USDA and USAID/GDP beneficiaries and their families. The Breedlove supplement adds all the necessary daily nutrients and vitamins lacked in the small garden-produced food—thus ensuring healthier food intake for all the communities involved. “We believe that guaranteeing food security is an essential part of furthering community interests and our agricultural development programs in both the bateyes and border communities provide the triple benefit of training beneficiaries on growing produce to feed their families, saving them the exorbitant costs of purchasing food, and providing with the advantage of networking within local groups to engage in greater production/business ventures, therefore generating income that improves household economy,” concluded Gaillard.

MONTE PLATA, D.R. - As part of its Blindness Prevention program in the Dominican Republic, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) is partnering, once again, with the Student Volunteer Optometrists for Service of Humanity of the New England College of Optometry—SVOSH-NECO to bring 22 students and faculty to deliver eye care to 1500 children and adults with severe eye problems, in need of a pair of glasses, and who live in extreme poverty. In its sixth-year of intervention in the bateyes, the SVOSH-NECO mission, co-sponsored by the Lions Club Arroyo Hondo Santo Domingo, will take place from April 10th through the 17th inside batey Gonzalo, province of Monte Plata. “Hundreds are expected to travel far away and all over to take advantage of this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to check or treat their vision and receive a pair of eyeglasses—all free of charge,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. The SVOSH-NECO is fully-equipped and self-sufficient, and will travel with sophisticated equipment, thousands of dollars in medicines, eye drops, eyeglasses and supplies. Gaillard added that patients who need follow-up or specialized care or custom-made eyeglasses will be referred to BRA’s medical center located inside Batey Cinco in Monte Plata where complete optometric and ophthalmological care is provided to hundreds in each year.

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ANSE-A-PITRES, Haiti. - As part of a cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Development Grants Program and the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA), a team of USAID evaluators spent a week at BRA’s offices in the Dominican Republic and Haiti in a knowledge exchange and monitoring experience where the officers verified the organization’s financial execution, monitoring procedures, and onsite activities for the agency-funded Women’s Empowerment Program taking place in 3 border communes of Haiti’s southeast department: Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gosier. The program aims to organize and train 600 Haitian women and give them the tools they need to advance their own interests around issues of health, gender-based violence, food insecurity and financial/microcredit management. A community meeting was also organized and held with approximately 200 active women, including 30 group representatives for an interactive session with the USAID officers where they presented their gratitude and experiences as project beneficiaries. “It was a great opportunity to hear their expectations and get a more profound understanding of some of the challenges they encounter,” said Mirlande Trazile, BRA’s Program Coordinator-Haiti. The women spoke enthusiastically about a sense of entitlement bestowed upon them through trainings on gender-based violence and financial/microcredit management and small-scale home agricultural gardens many of them have started to produce their own food. Following the meeting, field staff took the officers to visit some of the gardens in Anse-a-Pitres, Banane and Boucan Guillaume. “It was very exciting to see ripe vegetables in some of the gardens (cabbages and tomatoes) and hear about the different techniques taught as part of trainings to obtain better crops,” added Trazile.

The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) announces a new collaboration with the Florida-based Food for the Poor (FFTP) to receive, customs-clear, store and distribute free of charge donated medicines and basic medical supplies to economically-disadvantaged patients receiving critical health services at BRA’s clinics in DR’s batey Cinco Casas in the province of Monte Plata and Haiti’s Southeastern border commune of Anse-a-Pitres. Each year, more than 40,000 adults and children visit BRA’s clinics seeking assistance in general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry, ophthalmology, laboratory, and specialized services. All are automatically qualified to receive free food, multivitamins and antiparasitic medicines. Those living with HIV/AIDS also receive free medical consult, counseling and referrals, and antiretroviral treatment. “BRA’s partnership with FFTP is crucial in receiving the donated medicines as thousands of our patients are often too poor to purchase life-saving antibiotics or other drugs to cure a disease or a simple infection. Often, it is a matter of life and death,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO.

7/11/2011
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Following the mega earthquake that destroyed many parts of Haiti on January 12, 2010, a deadly cholera epidemicfollowed and the number of cases and deaths continue to rise uncontrollably. A recent report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) suggests that there have been 324,299 cases of cholera since the outbreak began back in October 2010. Haiti’s Ministère de Santé Public et de la Population has confirmed there have been 5342 deaths from cholera. In the Dominican Republic, a total of 71 people have died from cholera-related diseases since last November, including nine deaths last week, the country’s Public Health Ministry said on Friday. The number of suspected cases had risen to 10,760 after 1,014 new cases were registered alone during last week. With the arrival of the rainy season, health authorities in both countries have tightened measures to prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases. Batey Relief Alliance, in partnerships with local NGOs and Ministries of Health, too has taken swift measures by installing Cholera Treatment Units (CTUs) inside the Dominican Republic’s batey in the province of Monte Plata and in Haiti’s Southeastern border commune of Anse-a-Pitres where hundreds of cases have been evaluated and treated. But more needs to be done immediately to control the outbreak form spreading in more vulnerable and poverty-stricken communities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Thousands of lives are at stake. Click on our DONATE NOW button today and make an urgent gift of $35, $50, $75, $100 and save lives.

The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in April 2011 and is excited to present its Commitment to Action (CTA) at the CGI2011 Annual Meeting to take place September 20-22 in New York City. CGI is a collaboration between the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other global leaders to effectively confront the world's most pressing issues. “BRA is delighted and proud to receive an invitation to this important meeting, which is recognition of its achievements in the area of social development in Haiti and the Dominican Republic,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. "Our mission is to address the socio-economic and health needs of children and their families severely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are honored to join the CGI, and the commitment we are presenting will further contribute to advancing that mission,” added Gaillard Since 1997, BRA served more than 1 million vulnerable and impoverished people living inside Dominican’s sugarcane plantations rural communities known as “bateyes” and Haiti’s border regions through health and HIV/AIDS prevention and (ARV) treatment, food security and agricultural development, women economic empowerment and microcredit, preventive health education, water and sanitation and child’s care and deworming programs.
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BRA announces the following Commitment to Action: Workforce Development Training for 150 Haitian Women:The Batey Relief Alliance commits to expanding its women’s empowerment activities to an additional 150 Haitian women in three communes of Haiti’s Southeast Department (Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gozier). BRA will focus on three major areas of capacity development: trainings on leadership, gender-based violence and organizational strengthening; workforce development through small-scale agriculture, trainings on marketing and retail, and cooperative sales practices; and microcredit. Over a one-year period, the 150 women will engage in sustainable economic and agricultural development initiatives that will lead to improvements in household income, better employment opportunities and access to trade markets – thus improving the quality of their lives.
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About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making.

The story of Marceline Limane, founder of FAVAT (Famn Vanyan Nan Tichal)
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Marceline Limane is no stranger to poverty and hunger. As a single mother of five children, she knows the pain of not having enough to provide for her own family. She now heads an organization called FAVAT (Famn Vanyan Nan Tichal) in Bony, a tiny town on the outskirts of the small impoverished and dirt-filled commune of Anse-a-Pitres in southeast border regions of Haiti. “I started FAVAT over a year ago, after noting the many of us that were going hungry in our town after the devastating earthquake that almost destroyed everything,” said Marceline. Recognizing the need to band together and pull funds and resources to care for the hungry, the 20 members of FAVAT gather once a week to discuss the present needs in their community and formulate plans on how to meet those needs. But food was high on their list.
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In the past several months, since (BRA) Batey Relief Alliance’s food distribution program funded by USAID’s Food for Peace/IFRP initiative began in December, Marceline has been able to share the food donations she received with many people (anywhere from 50 to 80 in a given month). She and the other members of FAVAT focus on distributing to those who are most vulnerable and food insecure in her community—primarily to pregnant and nursing women, and then to the elderly, the anemic, and those suffering from tuberculosis and other severe illnesses. “The food has been well-received by the recipients; not only does it subside hunger, but they have also found it to be quite delicious and nutritious,” added Marceline. With the assistance of BRA, FAVAT has also been able to conduct food demonstrations, to inform recipients on how best to cook the food, while teaching fundamental sanitation practices, to promote health and minimize the spread of dangerous disease (such as cholera).
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Although the food distributions have greatly helped Marceline and her neighbors, but she and the other members of FAVAT recognize that it is not the ultimate solution to the chronic hunger problem in her town. With the aid of such projects like BRA’s Jaden Lakou—a food security activity conducted under a USAID/DGP-funded Women Economic Empowerment project, they too hope to develop their own vegetable gardens in time, to be able to have a sustainable source of food and nourishment for their town. As BRA helps meet the current hunger needs in Bony and other such impoverished communities in border regions of Haiti, women like Marceline are empowered and able to plan for the future and focus on findings and developing long-term solutions. Support BRA’s Women Empowerment Program in border regions of Haiti. Women like Marceline deserve another chance to better themselves.

NEW YORK. - The Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) celebrates on October 23rd, 2011 14th-year anniversary addressing the socio-economic and health needs for children and their families severely affected by extreme poverty, disease and hunger in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, through health, education, community development and disaster relief programs. “We will also celebrate, proudly, BRA’s establishment of its first Food Security system that will help produce long-term food independence and economic self-sufficiency for more than 35,000 rural batey residents and farmers through USAID and USDA-funded food distribution and agricultural/cooperative development projects,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s founder and CEO. According to Gaillard, the organization’s newest food security milestone is credited to the continuing support and collaboration of the Dominican government. With the financial and technical assistance of the USAID, through a Food for Peace/IFRP program, within a period of four years from 2007-2011, BRA distributed 656.48 metric tons (equivalence of 33million servings) of food rations at a value of $2.3 million to 986,800 impoverished and vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, vulnerable/orphaned children, Cholera patients, earthquake-affected Internally Displaced People, pregnant women, the elderly who are without a pension or health coverage living in more than 17 provinces and 168 vulnerable and impoverished Dominican Republic Batey communities, rural and urban slums and Haiti’s border regions.
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Meanwhile the organization partnered with USDA in 2009, through a two-year Food for Progress-funded program of $1.2 million, to create the first major Batey-run cooperative Food Security System, by producing crops and animal and developing community infrastructures for 35,000 beneficiaries within seven Batey communities in the province of Monte Plata involving 7,700 cooperative members/farmers and community health promoters in skills training and technical assistance, veterinarian and health services, sharing of equipment and provision of credit.BRA will present its 2011 “True Partners Awards” to USAID, USDA and Charlie Mariotti, Senator for the Monte Plata province, at the 14-year anniversary celebration festivities to be held on Friday, October 21stat 2:30pm at the organization’s Medical Center complex located inside Batey Cinco Casas in the province of Monte Plata. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, including government, diplomatic and media officials, foreign and local partners and local residents. Dominican President, Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, US Ambassador to the DR, Raúl Yzaguirre and USAID Interim Director to the DR, James Watson have been invited to be our Guests of Honor. BRA is member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—collaboration between the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other global leaders committed to effectively confront the world’s most pressing issues and identifying groundbreaking solutions that reduce poverty, improve the environment, and increase access to health care and education.

12/14/2011
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) launched for the fifth consecutive year a Food Security Program by which, 243.88 metric tons of food will be distributed 25,600 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This program, funded by USAID’s Food for Peace Office-IFRP, responds to the continuing efforts by both organizations to reduce malnutrition and the scarcity of food among the most vulnerable and impoverished urban slums and rural batey communities of the Dominican Republic and border villages in the Southeastern border regions of Haiti. Sixteen other local partner government and non-governmental organizations will assist BRA in distributing 243.88 metric tons of dehydrated food, donated by the USAID. These foods will benefit internally displaced people affected by the earthquake of Haiti in January 2010. Other beneficiaries include pregnant women, orphaned/vulnerable children, adults and the elderly, and people affected by cholera and living with HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis. The food distribution complements other important BRA programs that provide antiparasitic medicines and multivitamins to 62,000 children; deliver comprehensive healthcare and antiretroviral treatment to 550 people living with HIV/AIDS; support the development of agricultural cooperatives for 35,000 rural farmers and their families; and deliver skills training and microcredit to 150 Haitian women. Before the earthquake of January 2010, the UN World Food Programme had classified Haiti as a food deficit country with a low-income population of approximately 2.4 million inhabitants. Currently, 24 percent of Haiti’s population suffers from chronic malnutrition. As in the case of the Dominican Republic, it is estimated that approximately 13 percent of children under five living in rural areas and 8 percent of those living in urban areas, suffer from chronic malnutrition. 27 percent of the population (or more than 2 million of the 8.9 million that make up the total population) suffers from conditions of malnutrition. For more information about BRA or how to support its humanitarian work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, please visit our website at www.bateyrelief.org.

1/12/2012
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Since the tragic earthquake of January 2010 that killed more than 300,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless, sick and hungry, the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) concentrated its efforts in Haiti’s most geographically and economically isolated rural areas in Southeastern border communes of Anse-a-Pitres, Thiotte and Grand Gosier. With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with Haiti-based microfinance non-governmental organization FONKOZE, BRA launched a Women Empowerment project designed to organize and train 800 Haitian women and give them the tools they need to advance their own interests around issues of health, food insecurity and financial/microcredit management. “The most effective way for us to respond to this tragedy was to rapidly find a way to create an economic base for the women,” said Ulrick Gaillard, BRA’s CEO. Added to this, gender-based violence and inequality often leaves the women helpless, without tools to break the cycle of poverty. In consequence, Gaillard added, “We provided microloans to the women to start new businesses and rebuild their economically-shattered communities.”
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Since the earthquake, BRA also addressed emergency food needs for the women and their families by distributing, under a USAID Food for Peace program, 187.6 metric tons of food products to 26,600 people who are vulnerable and at high risk of malnutrition, including quake-affected internally-displaced people, pregnant women, people living with HIV/AIDS, cholera patients, orphaned/vulnerable children and the elderly. The food aid is part of BRA’s long-term food security initiative involving cross-border crop and animal production between Dominican and Haitian farmers. Through a collaborative agreement signed between BRA and Haiti’s Ministry of Health on January 11, 2010, BRA also helped deliver critical health services and free medicines to the populations. For more information about the Batey Relief Alliance or how to support one of its many life-saving projects in Haiti, visit our website and donate online at www.bateyrelief.org.

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