WHAT WE DO
The Cheerful Heart Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of the underprivileged people living on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti by funding and managing programs focused on health, education, and economic development. We serve all people in need without regard to race, gender, or religious belief.
Our Current Projects Include
Public Health - Sanitation Mission: 825 Latrines, Lamielle, Haiti, 2018
Music Education Mission: Loma de Cabrera, DR and Tilori, Haiti, 2018
Public Health - Sanitation Mission: 800 Latrines, Laqua, Haiti, 2019
Public Health - Potable Water Mission: Chlorination Facility, Tilori, Haiti, 2019
Music Education Mission: Loma de Cabrera, DR and Tilori, Haiti, January 2019
Dental / Medical Mission: Loma de Cabrera, DR and Tilori, Haiti, March 2019
Music Education Mission: Loma de Cabrera, DR and Tilori, Haiti, July 2019
Dental / Medical Mission: Loma de Cabrera, DR and Tilori, Haiti, October 2019
The focus of the Mission is three programs: Health, Education, and Economic Development. The current projects include the dental mission, the sanitation mission, and the music education mission. All three missions serve people living between the village of Loma de Cabrera, DR and the community of Tilori, Haiti.
The DR and Haiti share a 224 mile border on the island of Hispaniola where the DR occupies the eastern two thirds and Haiti the western third. The border region of the two countries is especially poor. Being remotely located, this region is underserved by national governments that lack the adequate resources needed to assist all people equitably. At times La Fontera, as the border region is sometimes referred to, seems to have been abandoned by the outside world. The healthcare needs there are staggering. Few health services are available and those that are available are underfunded and overwhelmed. Basic services affecting community health such as sanitation and potable water are unavailable to large portions of the population.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and one of the very poorest in the world with a 2017 International Monetary Fund estimated per capita nominal GDP of only $784 (USA $58,792) ranking 170th of 188 countries. Seventy-seven percent of its 10.6 million people live on less than $2 per day. Access to basic healthcare is not available to forty percent of the people. One half of the population is under the age of twenty with fifty percent of the children unvaccinated. HIV infection is found in over 200,000 people and 30,000 people suffer from malaria each year. Since the 2010 introduction of cholera into Haiti by UN workers, over 750,000 people have been infected with this devastating disease resulting in an estimated 10,000 deaths.
The Dominican Republic has a population of 10.1 million people with thirty-five percent under the age of fifteen. The country’s economy has improved over the past few years but it remains one of the poorer countries in the world. The per capita GDP is $7,477 and one million of its people live on less than $2 per day. There are an estimated 88,000 cases of HIV/AIDS and cholera presents a major new health threat.