Operativo Medico Comunidad la Piedra, Municipio de Guerra
Sabado 15 de Mayo, 2010
LA PIEDRA—background history and most urgent current needs.
Some of the oldest residents, like Juan in the photo at right, remember life in La Piedra (its name, appropriately, translates as “The Rock”) in the 1940s, around 70 years ago, when all the nearby Ingenio San Luis sugar lands and the undeveloped lands around them were a small part of the vast estates of “El Presidente” Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, the fierce dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930-1961. After Trujillo´s assassination in May of 1961, the Dominican government laid claim to all the surrounding land and promptly sold thousands of square meters of it to an international or U.S. company called Torre B (concrete facts about this company are not available at this time).
Torre B sent in bulldozers to carve out roads, but when company VIPs arrived to drive around their new properties, they wereaghast—the region is dominated by karst
MSU Medical Students Group
Dr. Director Reza Nassiri

topography. Karst topography refers to land that is composed principally of highly soluble, very jagged rock, mostly limestone. It is the farthest thing from agricultural land that most people can imagine, even though the dirt that has collected in holes among the jagged rock formations is highly fertile. La Piedra is also a very dry region, although vast quantities of fresh water lie beneath the parched rock in the underlying limestone catch basins…. Torre B? The company abandoned whatever project it was that they’d had in mind for La Piedra, and a few people who lived in nearby towns like Toro de Baní and Guerra moved in to take over—the biggest business of the time was cutting down and burning the local trees to make charcoal, although some farmed the rocky land. Large stretches of it, however, remained abandoned.

Day by day, Guanin Center, inc., is rescuing la Piedra community with different projects and programs. We have begun educational literacy project for adults, project build a latrines. Latrines that will not allow waste materials to leach into and contaminate the ground water. (The fresh water in the limestone basins below La Piedra is part of a vast aquifer that provides drinking water to the Capital.) Today most residents just dump urine and feces into large pits or holes in the limestone outcroppings around their homes. Educated and counseled the youth and adults about the pregnancy prevention and the HIV the AIDS, programs of ESL for children. This summer we are working in a summer camp for 100 children and youth 8 to 15 years old, beginning this June 28 to Julio 30, of the 2010. Also we are working with Michigan University Medical Department, Program director Dr. Reza Nassiri where we will build a permanent clinic of first aids where, 1300 people will be beneficiary, among children, youth and adults.

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