Jul 19, 2019

Update #3 - What the students think!

Rather than us telling you how well the class is going this year, we decided to let some of the students tell you themselves! Here are what they said when we asked them what they think of the Community Health Leadership course:


Patricia: I've loved this course because I've learned so many new things that I hadn't known - things that are important and apply to our everyday lives. My classmates are excellent, and I know that I can ask any one of them for any favor and without a doubt they would help me. I've felt very comfortable and I thank God that I've understood each lesson perfectly. I liked getting to learn to take blood pressure measurements because it's something that I know will help me and the people in my community.

Yanelis: I feel happy with my professor, Dra. Yerky. I've learned a little about everything, but learning to give vaccinations has been my favorite lesson.

Genesis (16 years old): First of all, I thank Father God for giving me the opportunity to participate in Project Hearts. I have very much liked the course because I've learned much more than I had known before and the classes that have most interested me were on women's health, taking blood pressure, and giving injections. I'm grateful for all of my classmates for being so kind and for the professor, Dra. Yerky, thank you for everything! I would like to continue participating more, and whatever you might need from me I am at your service. [to give you all a better sense of her sentiments, you should know that Genesis used a lot of emojis in her message. :) ]

Dismailyn (14 years old): I have loved this course because I have learned so much, all of it important to share with our families and communities every day. I feel great and comfortable. I really liked the classes on taking blood pressure and giving injections because these skills will help me in my community. I'm very grateful. [Dismailyn also used a lot of emojis in her message. :) ]

Paola:To me the CHL course is like a school, but I find it to be very important because it teaches about how one needs to know themselves and how to take care of our health. And I like my professor, Dra. Yerky – she explains the topics very clearly. [A little context: Paola is 16 years old and dropped out of school, but is now attending classes on Saturdays to work towards getting her HS degree, and we think the comment about the course being "like school, but important" means a little more knowing her background.]

Blanca: I have liked the course - I've learned a lot of things that I didn't know before. I hope that the course continues so that many others can continue learning so they can offer help to those who need it. Thanks to the professor for her time and for everything she taught us. God bless everyone.


We're so proud of these ladies and how they're already using their new knowledge to improve the lives of their families and communities!

Jun 17, 2019

Project Hearts's Impact on Recycling

Project Hearts hosted one of their five-week interactive workshop series on Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) for students in Los Ciruelos, Baitoa, Dominican Republic. A vital aspect of their work is educating the public about the importance of WASH subjects for improving health and quality of life. This workshop emphasized how littering (a major problem in Baitoa) negatively impacts valuable local water sources and how recycling can contribute to preserving their environment and enhancing their quality of life.

Recently, Project Hearts returned to a school where a workshop was previously held and were pleasantly surprised to see new recycling bins in the classrooms and on campus. A school administrator explained that because of the WASH Workshop they realized they should do their part to take care of the environment and ensure that water sources stay uncontaminated by litter and waste.

GRACE Cares is proud to partner with organizations like Project Hearts to not only give marginalized communities access to water filters and tanks but also to provide the knowledge necessary to live in harmony with nature and themselves.

Apr 23, 2019

Update #2 - Class is in session!

2019 Cohort of Community Health Leaders
2019 Cohort of Community Health Leaders

This group of Community Health Leaders, as with every cohort, has a unique nuance that makes it special, but the desire to learn new things, to implement, and to innovate, is something that makes this particular group of women different. They have not wavered even a single moment and every Wednesday they say “Yes!” to a new opportunity to learn.

In the first classes we focused on hygiene issues, both personal and around the home. We taught students how to wash their hands correctly, and talked about the importance of water as a resource for health and for life.

Next we covered nutrition, and the women learned to classify foods, to have a balanced diet, and the impact of food on our health. We also discussed why we must eat healthy and the importance of reading nutritional labels.

While talking about respiratory diseases we also taught the ladies the difference between the flu and the common cold, since it is one of the most commonly misused concepts in our country. Correctly knowing the symptoms of each will empower these women to differentiate the types of respiratory diseases that people suffer from, and will allow them to better care for their families and neighbors.

At this point, our 13 students are sharing what they learn with 97 families in their respective communities!

It is so gratifying to see this group asking questions and sharing ideas on each subject taught. They are all genuinely committed to improving their own health and that of all their communities.

Thank you for making this possible!

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