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Community Support for Cabarete, Dominican Republic

May 30, 2020

A Village Unites: ‘Cabarete Sostenible’ Creates Food Sovereignty Program

A newly formed coalition of local NGO’s, farms, supermarkets, volunteers and elected officials have come together to support local residents that have been negatively impacted by the current economic slowdown. With a comprehensive plan in place that addresses both short and long-term goals, a positive new movement has formed.

In response to the global health crisis, the Dominican Republic closed it’s borders in mid-March and tourism was negatively affected in our region. Independent efforts to provide support to local residents began immediately, led by organizations and individuals alike, all with the same aim: to help feed and safeguard our community.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb

FEDUJAZZ President Maria Elena Gratereaux, together with Father Rubén of the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cabarete, led a relief effort in March-April, 2020 to purchase and deliver care packages of basic food items to over 120 families and we are so grateful for your support.

‘Cabarete Sostenible’: Food Donations, Sustainability 

Support for our community during the past months has called for swift and coordinated action.  A diverse group of local non-profits have combined efforts and ‘Cabarete Sostenible’ was formed.  InspireDR, Academia De La Costa, DREAM Project, Providing Opportunity in Bario Blanco, Charlie’s Foundation, and FEDUJAZZ joined together to form Cabarete Sostenible. All are welcome to join as we work together to solve the immediate crisis, and develop sustainable long-term solutions.

 

Short term: we are purchasing and distributing nutritious food ration packs. We managed to bring the cost of each pack to just $4 USD per person per week.

Mid to long term: we are developing community gardens, permaculture farms and food education programs to make Cabarete completely food sustainable.

Food deliveries are ongoing, gardens are being planted and new sustainable initiatives for the community are underway. 100% of donated money goes toward these food programs. The work of Cabarete Sostenible continues, and we welcome you to join us!

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