To contribute to the reduction of the housing deficit, Blue House has created the CACONA project, which will consist on the delivery of basic single-family homes to low-income families in the municipality of Samaná, located in the Cibao region, in the northeast of the country. In this area, the housing deficit is around 10,192 units in total, of which 9,437 homes have irrecoverable damage and 755 are in conditions not intended for human habitation (caves or other natural shelters, abandoned facilities and vehicles).
The precarious state of housing affects other aspects of the daily life of its inhabitants: transmission of diseases due to inadequate handling and storage of water, risk factors associated with infrastructure and wiring problems, and widespread overcrowding that directly affects the work and school performance of the family group. Cacona specifically covers the community of Los Robalos, where Blue House has been present since 2019.
In order to provide medical care and social support to pregnant women, Blue House has created the BI permanent prenatal care program with the objective of: identifying 100% of pregnant women and those with risky health conditions; educating the community about the importance of prenatal care; guaranteeing good nutrition and nutritional supplements for both pregnant women and their newborn babies; and, finally, monitoring and verifying the continuity of treatment.
After the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, maternal mortality in the Dominican Republic registered a ratio of 127 per 100,000 live births, a number well beyond the estimated average in Latin America, which is 67 per 100,000.
The major causes of death are hypertension during pregnancy, bleeding, and illegal abortions, plus respiratory distress and sepsis during the pandemic. All these causes are highly preventable, which is why we have decided to develop our program.
To contribute to the decline of illiteracy in the Dominican Republic, Blue House has created the pilot program for adult literacy, PROSA. This section of the population requires special support with adapted strategies to the particular features of their rural environment.
Of the total population in the Dominican Republic, 5,5% of people don’t know how to read or write, which indicates that presently among youth and adults, there are 406,000 anal-phabet people. This number ranks the country in position 12 among Latin American countries, according to UNESCO's latest data.
Under the face-to-face modality, “PROSA” will accommodate illiterate youth and adults from 15 years of age and older, and each participant will be provided with all the study material and supplies necessary for the training activities.
Fight against animal abuse
Our mission at Blue House is to provide a second chance to abandoned or abused dogs and cats in the municipality of Samaná and its surroundings. With our program we help to change the way we treat animals, carrying out sterilization and awareness campaigns that contribute to provide them with a better quality of life. For these animals, life is a long chain of mistreatment.
In 2006, it was already known that some 90,000 dogs roamed homeless in the Dominican Republic; and although the life expectancy of an animal in a street situation does not usually exceed two years of age, due to exponential reproduction and the lack of population control by the authorities, it is expected that this figure has increased over the years, especially in areas with higher urban density. Together we managed to improve their quality of life.
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