Project Name: Project Hearts (Proyecto Corazones)
Project Leader: Marissa Doiron
Area of Focus: Community Health, Economic Development, Education
Location: Baitoa, Dominican Republic
Partners Since 2006
Fundraising Goal: $80,000
Project Hearts became an official NGO (non-governmental organization) in 2011 and continues to serve an estimated 15,000 people in Baitoa.
As part of a WASH initiative, Project Hearts installed 28 filters for purifying water, saving locals over 3,400 USD in bottled water purchases. New water tanks are constructed regularly for storing water, adding further savings. Another 7 water filters were installed in 2020, along with 67 additional tanks distributed among the community, which benefited more than 225 people.
Project Hearts emphasizes supporting locals for sustained community improvement. Donations help construct additional hands-free washing stations, educational programs for women and youth, water tanks, and home renovations.
In 2022, Project Hearts, with the support of GRACE Cares, conducted a baseline survey of community mental health in Baitoa. Please read the details and results of the survey here: