The Fire

Sunday night, June 14 2015, 57 homes of Haitian immigrants in Munoz, a small community outside of Puerto Plata DR burnt to the ground. By morning, there was nothing left but burnt metal and piles of ash. The Haitians living in the Batey of Munoz fight an uphill battle. They…

Role Model

Our mothers, Grandmothers and Aunts are our first role models; they are for better or worse a guide to our moral, emotional and practical life choices. On the Island, family is the most important thing in everyone’s life from birth through death. Education can play a role in shaping…

Your Shoes Will Make a Difference!

When we open our closets, we take shoes for granted…tennis shoes, dress shoes, sandals, golf shoes, soccer shoes, water shoes, Zumba shoes, hiking shoes, clean the yard shoes, shoes we bought on sale but don’t really fit so we never wear shoes…….most of us have so many…

Time of Crisis

Early on in my quest to create a sewing group, I scheduled a trip to the Island to teach a group of Haitian women to sew products for my company. I brought with me a new electric sewing machine, an iron, new scissors and all the material they would need…

Coso Mi Futuro

Job creation is a requirement in all economies. However, in the Dominican Republic, jobs that offer a living wage are hard to come by, and almost impossible to find if you are a women with family responsibilities. Culturally, women are responsible for the care of the young and old and…

Paradise Found

I found paradise in the Dominican Republic on my first visit to the Island. Since that first January, when I met the Island in a brief escape from the New England cold, I have been desperately trying to make a complex and challenging country conform to the idealistic fantasy created…