DAR VIDA A LA VIDA (Giving Life to Life)
VIDA a LA VIDA, educational adventure program along the
Dominican Republic´s coast for young people with AIDS.
DAR VIDA A LA VIDA is a Mini-Adventure,
Ocean and Land Program. This specially designed program offers
excellent opportunities to improve the lives of young people who
are infected with HIV/AIDS, but who are still in good physical
condition. Throughout seven (7) days, the participants travel
and visit different provinces around the island of Hispaniola
by boat, skirting the Dominican coastline and participating in
the workshops, sports, and cultural activities that take place
at the various towns and cities where we make port.
Guanin Center has myriad unique adventure opportunities
designed especially for our DAR VIDA A LA VIDA program.
Youths involved in this project will have the opportunity to visit
various sites along the Dominican coastline, getting to know different
regions and people in their own country by spending one week aboard
a boat for a hands-on experience that gets them dynamically involved
in aspects of their Hispanic-Caribbean culture and society that
they may not have experienced before.
A secondary objective of the DAR VIDA A LA VIDA
program is to stop the expansion of the country´s HIV/AIDS epidemic
through programs and activities directed to groups at high risk;
to increase the knowledge of HIV/AIDs in the population in general;
and to strengthen the institutional capacity to assure the effectiveness
and sustainability of the effort. An integral part of the program
is for the young people in the regions visited to have dynamic,
hands-on social and educational interchanges with the youth that
have AIDS, and vice versa--thus both visitors and hosts learn
about and explore in-depth a wide variety of aspects of Dominican
life, society, and culture.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases do not discriminate-both
rich and poor people get STDs. Famous Athletes get them. Math
geeks get them. CEOs and professors get them. Even someone having
sex for the first time can get an STD. The only people who have
no risk of getting an STD are people who haven't had sex or any
kind of sexual contact. HIV and AIDS are both STDs.
What is HIV/AIDS? AIDS is the Acquired Immunodeficiency
Syndrome, which is a disease that develops among people who have
been infected by HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is
principally spread through unprotected sexual acts-"unprotected"
means having sex without using a condom. Nearly all persons infected
with HIV eventually develop AIDS. AIDS is a disease that damages
the immune system of the body. When the immune system of a person
is damaged, he or she is prone to illnesses that would not harm
a person with a healthy immune system. The body of a person with
AIDS cannot defend itself and it cannot combat the infections
and some classes of tumors to which it can fall prey.
Is HIV/AIDS contagious? Yes, HIV/AIDS is
contagious. But they are much more difficult to contract than
a cold or a flu. In fact, it is very important to know how people
cannot contract HIV or AIDS: you cannot contract HIV or AIDS by
hugging, kissing, or shaking hands. Neither can you contract HIV
or AIDS by sitting down next to someone with HIV/AIDS or by attending
school with somebody who has it. A person with HIV/AIDS does not
spread the disease if he or she coughs or sneezes, and neither
mosquito bites nor other insects spread HIV/AIDS.
What can you do to prevent getting HIV/AIDS? If
you decide to have sex, always use a condom--every single time.
Even if you're already on another kind of birth control, like
the pill, you should still use a condom. That's because condoms
are the only type of birth control that reduces the risk of getting
HIV/AIDS or other STDs.
The Dar Vida a la Vida program, will be promoting
free condoms, prevention/education materials against HIV/STDs,
free T-shirt with a logo in the back "LA LUCHA CONTRA EL SIDA
IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC", presentation of movies about HIV/STD
for the public.
How you can contact HIV/AIDS:
During an unprotected sexual act with a person
infected by HIV or AIDS.
When needles or syringes are shared with a
person infected by HIV or AIDs.
By drinking an infected woman's breast milk.
A newborn baby can contract HIV during birth
if the mother is infected.
Education on HIV/AIDS prevention:
The principal educational component of the DAR VIDA A LA
VIDA program is aimed at implementing national and international
exchanges with students at the elementary, high school, and university
levels to inform them about the topic of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent
contracting or spreading the disease. At the same time, both national
and international students will have the opportunity to enlarge
their cultural, educational, and social knowledge through 3-5
days of training at workshops that will take place in different
cities and towns around the country (and also internationally),
and through a variety of sports, cultural workshops, and social
The Guanin Center will be preparing a series of 7-day trips
for groups of 4 to 5 participants. They will be taken to the boat
in Santo Domingo, where the Guanin Center staff will welcome them
aboard, and then they spend 7days navigating around the Dominican
Republic´s Caribbean and Atlantic Coasts, from Monte Cristi to
Samaná, from Santo Domingo to Isla Beata in Perdernales, and from
Santo Domingo to Isla Saona and Catalina Island in La Romana and
Bayahibe. We will be navigating during the day and spending the
night on land in hotels. After each Adventure trip the staff of
Dar Vida a la Vida will take 3 days off.
Lodging: The agency SAS Travel and Tours will make all
Meals: All meals are included for the 6 nights and 7
days of the mini-adventure trip. Some of those meals will be prepared
and served aboard ship.
Transportation: All transportation is included and will
be arranged for by SAS Travel and Tours.
Doctors: We will have a doctor traveling with us full
time, a specialist in HIV/AIDs, for the entire 12 weeks of the
Dar Vida a la Vida program, to provide for the medical treatment
of our young participants.
Staff: The program will provide 6 staff members, who are
available 24 hours a day, to assist in all aspects of the mini-adventure
trip and to respond to any and all needs that may arise. They
will attend to all the participants' needs and will participate
in the welcoming activities, excursions, tours, HIV/STD workshops,
exchanges, voluntary service work, etc.
Security: The participant's security is one of our most
essential concerns. We use the safest sites and services in Santo
Domingo so that the program functions at its best and for the
wellbeing of the participants. We will be in direct contact 24
hours a day with the Dominican Marine unit, Dominican Air Force,
and National Police Department.
We have excellent communication services and other facilities
aboard, as well as all the life jackets and other safety equipment
required-and trained staff who know how to use them-plus medical
equipment, supplies, and a doctor who specializes in HIV/AIDS
treatment, to ensure that the participants remain both healthy
and safe, plus easy transportation access when we get to all ports.
Additionally we are supported by quality boat insurance, life
insurance for all crew members and passengers, safe sites for
interchanges and workshops, and safe, secure hotels at night.
The DAR VIDA A LA VIDA program is coordinated through
Guanin Center, Inc., and subcontracted to two more fundamental
1) Student Services C x A is the base institution. Its function
is to organize, provide, and take charge of logistics, student
training, academic policies, and to provide and coordinate the
doctor-specialist in HIV/AIDs, professors, staff, and any materials
that will be used in the Dar Vida a la Vida process.
Registration number: 142382
Certification of Camera of Trade in the Dominican Republic No.
RNC. Number 1-23-01499-6
Address in Dominican Republic: P.O. Box Z-77, Colonial Zone
Tel. (809) 435-1980, Fax, (480) 247-4411
, Website www.studentservicesdr.org
2) SAS Travel is in charge of providing hotel lodging, and
for coordinating all transportation services, tours, excursions,
and meals. SAS will also work with the insurance companies for
the Dar Vida a la Vida program, to insure the smooth functioning
of this aspect of the program.
Address Dominican Republic, Z-77, Colonial Zone Tel. (809) 435-1980,
Fax, (480) 247-441 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
We will be in touch with all the private and public hospitals/clinics
that work directly with HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic to
recruit young patients who are in good physical condition to participate
in the program. These hospitals/clinics include: Hospital Padre
Billini, Colonial Zone; HIV/AIDs Hospital, Centro de la Salud;
public hospitals, HIV/AIDs hospitals and private clinics across
the country; Autonomous Universidad de Santo Domingo (UASD), Health
Department, and others.
The program will be administered by Guanin Center, Inc. and subcontracted
by two more institutions mentioned above under STRUCTURE.
The program will begin in Santo Domingo de Guzman, capital of
the Dominican Republic, in June 2010 and run from June 20, 2010
to August 21, 2010. We will be receiving from 10 to 12 groups
of participants for the 12 weeks of the Dar Vida a la Vida program.
After each Adventure trip the staff of Dar Vida a la Vida will
take 3 days off.
With the Dar Vida a la Vida program, we will be implementing
national and international exchanges with students at the elementary,
high school, and university levels to inform them about the topic
of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent contracting or spreading the disease.
At the same time, both national and international students will
have the opportunity to enlarge their cultural, educational, and
social knowledge through 3-5 days of training at workshops that
will take place in different cities and towns around the country
(and also internationally), and through a variety of sports, cultural
workshops, and social activities. Included are: Sport: Baseball
tournament, basketball, soccer, swimming, athletics activities,
and more. Cultural/education: Theater and painting workshops,
Social: Building a small clinic for people with HIV/AIDS,
reforesting (tree planting),a dental program, etc.
Goals: Through the Centro Cultural Guanín, Inc., we will
provide both national and international exchanges, where Dominicans
with few financial resources will be able to participate in HIV/AIDs
prevention workshops as well in sports and educational/cultural
activities with foreign students. We will seek additional financial
assistance so that CCTUR Guanín, Inc. can continue working with
these programs and so that the trainings in education about and
prevention of HIV/AIDS and others STDs can reach more than 50%
of the Dominican Republic´s population.
Observations: CCTUR Guanín is planning to have more activities
aimed at integrating more institutions into the DAR VIDA A LA
VIDA program that provides mutually beneficial services, as previously
established. Facilitators will be sent to various provinces to
introduce the program in regional study centers. The work will
be done through a commission that includes members and collaborators
of the CCTUR Guanín, which will make the contacts. A diverse variety
of activities will take place to help nurture this team of indispensable
members who will help to make viable this essential part of the
overall program and its goals.
More than 25% of the Dominican population with scarce resources
will be able to benefit from this Dar Vida a la Vida program.
The General Direction of the Control of Infections of Sexual Transmission
and AIDS (DIGECITSS) of the Secretary of State of the Public Health
and Social Attendance (SESPAS), estimates that in the Dominican
Republic around 120,000 people are living with HIV, around nine
times the reported total of accumulated cases, and that more than
16,000 have died as consequence of AIDS. Explicit reference is
made to the project of HIV/AIDS education and prevention as one
of several of the most likely instruments to increase the poor
population in the Dominican Republic´s access to the benefits
of social development and economic growth.
Offer wider opportunity to Dominican youth, and promote education
and the integration of technical-professional programs. Reduce
the percentage of youths who are not able to develop their abilities,
thus cannot contribute to national development. Awaken our youths
to the opportunities that await them in technical-professional
certification. Prepare them for a more prosperous and fulfilled
The mission of the Center Cultural Guanin, Inc.
in the Dominican Republic is to provide a safe, supportive place
where children, youth, and everybody can experience new opportunities,
overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence
and skills for life.
To improve the life condition of the Dominican populace through
acquired knowledge, which will permit them to maximize the employment
opportunities that are available in the country. Throughout the
years, Center Cultural Guanin, Inc. has carried on a tradition
of helping young people to discover, develop, and achieve their
full potential as adults, citizens, and leaders by engaging them
in activities that challenge and enrich their minds, bodies, and
spirits, and that nurture their self-esteem. Our safe, caring
club environments and enriching programs have enabled many young
Dominicans to play, learn, and develop valuable skills for life.