Rural Infrastructures

A key factor in the migration from the countryside to the city is the lack of adequate infrastructures for the families who live in rural communities. Frequently, the lack of public works in rural areas impedes access to basic social services, to market and to job opportunities, forcing the population to migrate.

Mission ILAC’s work experience in the Dominican Republic’s countryside has shown that the edification of these works is significant, because it helps to reduce poverty and affords dignity to those who live in isolated areas. Roads and bridges give the population freedom of movement to go to market, school, medical centers and work places. Safe drinking water is essential for maintaining life and good health. Housing means dignity, health and wellbeing. Schools educate and create awareness.

Construction projects bolster the organizational skills of the community and support the development of its leaders. During its years in the D.R. and with the help of foreign and local volunteer groups, Mission ILAC has been building structures that are essential to community development.

Who are the people who request these projects?

Organized groups, acting on behalf of their respective communities, establish their own priorities.   Community leaders and health partners outline the community’s needs and present these to Mission ILAC.  Mission ILAC finds donors and teams of foreign and national volunteers.  These donors and teams of volunteers contribute the funds and a part of the labor force necessary for building the project.