To provide free meditation classes to anyone worldwide, primarily focusing on children and teenagers living in impoverished and at-risk communities.
To teach and encourage the daily practice of meditation to reduce stress, depression, anger, anxiety and an overall sense of sadness.
We have just completed another successful mission trip to Batey Bombita village, Santa Cruz de Barahona, Dominican Republic. A whole-hearted thank you to our sponsors who happily donated a ball and lollipop to each child in the village--the kids were delighted!
Our next mission trip to Batey Bombita village skips off on Oct 22 and hops back home on Oct 30. On to a promising path of eco-awareness, we plan to begin a ‘garbage collecting/recycling program’ with local residents.
Lastly, we are anticipating the start of another innovative program this fall in the Guanacaste Province of the beautiful Costa Rica with its precious local children. Stay tuned!!!
The children of Batey Bombita, Dominican Republic
What are Bateys?
Bateyes are marginalized Haitian-Dominican communities created out of the need of cheap Haitian labor in the Dominican sugar cane fields. Please read more below about bateys.
About five percent of the Haitians living in the bateys have identification papers. This leaves the majority subject to deportation and human rights abuses. The Dominican government refuses to grant citizenship to the thousands of Haitians born on their soil. They have no rights and are frequently denied an education. Once the boys are old enough and strong enough, they work in the cane fields. Girls hope to find a husband to support them or sometimes fall prey to criminous activities.
It is estimated that anywhere from 250,000 to over two million Haitians or Dominicans of Haitian decent live in the Dominican Republic (D.R.).
Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, suffers from two-thirds unemployment. Though the D.R. is also a poor country, it is able to provide jobs for Haitian immigrants who are willing to work for as little as one-tenth of what the poorest Dominican would earn.
The children of these workers face a future void of hope. Many do not have access to schools, often because of prejudice. The Dominican law allows for Dominican-born children of any decent to become citizens. However, Haitians have a hard time obtaining the documentation they need to prove that their child was born in the D.R. At times this is due to ignorance, but it is generally the result of government agencies’ unwillingness to provide a Haitian child with a Dominican birth certificate.Even those with proper identification and schools willing to accept them may not be able to attend because they cannot afford shoes, books, and uniforms, all mandatory for school attendance.