Archive for the ‘Dominican Republic – Las Palmas’ Category

Las Palmas Pineapple Plantation

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Have you ever had a garden? Some tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, maybe even zucchini? From your garden you got fresh vegetables, better nutrition and less money spent at the grocery store. Our children’s villages each use their gardens and farms to accomplish the same goals. Several of our projects have been able to use their farms to offset their operating costs.

A Baby Pineapple From Las Palmas

A Baby Pineapple From Las Palmas

Our Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic has recently begun growing pineapples on their farm for on-campus consumption and for sale to the public. A few weeks ago we received a report on the progress of our pineapple project from Mario Lora, our business manager at Las Palmas.

A pineapple almost ready for harvest

Almost Ready For Harvest

Mario told us the first harvest of pineapples from their original planting of 22,000 plants was excellent. In fact, the number of pineapples harvested was so great they had a hard time selling them all. The extra crop was given to the homes for their use and as Mario puts it; “Our children did get the opportunity to eat pineapples in abundance—more than we could count.”

The second harvest produced very good results as well. Buyers have commented that the Las Palmas pineapples are unequaled in quality and of superior size.

Three harvested pineapples sitting on the kitchen table

Examples of Our Pineapple Crop

Currently the Las Palmas pineapple plantation is in its third cycle of planting with a total of 25,000 plants in the ground. This staggered planting cycle assures that the pineapples will be available throughout the year. This number of plants also provides Las Palmas the ability to recycle the harvest into new plantings thus eliminating the cost of buying new seedlings for each new planting cycle.

What is needed now are resources to expand the plantation as demand dictates. Right now, we are the lone farm in our area growing pineapples. This means there is no market to which we can sell any plants we can’t reuse in a new planting. Those plants must be plowed under. Rather than plow under these plants we would like to be able to use them to expand the plantation or, in the future, sell them.

Field of growing pineapple plants

One of Our Fields of Pineapples

We would deeply appreciate your help, large or small, in growing this pineapple enterprise. It not only benefits the children of Las Palmas, through cost savings it also provides the resources for us to expand the reach of ICC. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help. Thanks again for all you do for “His Kids.”

Thank for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director
ICC

Las Palmas Medication Blessing

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Tattered clothing
Little bodies needing a bath
Evidence of malnutrition
Eyes that show fear and emit tears

These are outward appearances of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children when they first arrive at an ICC children’s village. Immediately our staff provide for their obvious physical needs: the children are bathed and dressed in clean clothes, food is offered, and the children are given abundant assurance that they are in a safe place where they will be happy.

However, even with all these efforts to provide for the apparent needs of the children, underneath, lying hidden perhaps for months and even years, are wounds and scares from a past life that in many cases was filled with neglect, abuse and fear. As a child grows and develops within the children’s village these wounds and scares begin to manifest themselves in attitudes and behaviors that require intervention.

At the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic, several of our children have undergone psychological evaluations and are now receiving psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. Critical to the success of such intervention for these children is correct follow-up to this process and that involves ensuring that the children continue the medical treatment without interruption and without missing the established appointments as part of their therapy.

At a time when there is a great need at the project for this intervention, the project is also facing economic challenges as costs outpace ICC’s ability to provide for all the needs at the project. The medications and general process are expensive yet essential.

Being placed in a difficult situation, our administrator contacted the National Counsel for Children and Adolescents in the Dominican Republic to see if they would offer assistance. Here are the results, according to our administrator. “After satisfying all the requirements of that institution and a long waiting period, we obtained, by the grace of God, a satisfactory response from them in the sense that they will commit to providing monthly the needed medications for the treatment of the boys and girls in our program.” What a blessing this is and a cost savings to ICC of nearly $600 each month.

Pineapple Crop Ready at Las Palmas

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Mario Lora with Pineapples

Mario Lora with Pineapples

Mario Lora, Las Palmas business and farm manager sent the following report concering the pineapple crop:

The pineapple project has been excellent as far as production goes. The fruit has been very good quality. But there has been such an abundance of pineapple that in many cases they are paying less than the cost of production, and one has to sell just so they don’t rot. The ones that can’t complain are the ones who live in the Children’s Village. They have been eating pineapple like you could never imagine. They have even been able to eat a whole pineapple for breakfast. But the economic results have been very bad. We just hope we can break even on this project.

The problem with the pineapple is that when it starts to ripen it can’t wait. You can’t wait long to harvest it in order to get a better price. You have to pick it when it is ready. If you don’t, it falls off the plant and rots. It has been a long time since there has been such an abundance of this product. Many farmers have gone under. In our country they aren’t planting in a planned manner. When the pineapple is selling for a good price all the farmers plant pineapple because they think they will make money, but when the harvest comes the price falls, because apparently many people have had the same thought.

We think we can plant some pineapple, but just enough for what we consume in the home, and that can be managed by the personnel in agriculture. Since we have enough seeds, we can plant in phases (different times) and only good seeds, and that way we’ll have first class harvests in more than one time during the year.

Well, I am letting you know about this project, but when the harvest is over we’ll know the final results. Maybe in one or two months the prices will go up, because there will be less pineapple, but we will also have very little. We have harvested about 60% of the fruit.

Special Need in the Dominican Republic

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Click on the picture below to find out more informaiotn about a special need at the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

Las Palmas Graduates Share their Reflections about ICC

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Earlier this month, two of ICC’s children completed their university studies in the Dominican Republic and graduated.  Here are their reflections about ICC:

“ICC, through the Hogar Campestre [Las Palmas], has influenced my life in a marvelous way.  I managed to feel prepared physically, emotionally and spiritually to face the rest of my life.  I will feel eternally grateful for the professional preparation given to me  and for the Christian principles that I have adopted.  The Hogar has been a fountain for dreams and imaginings – it has been motivation for success.  Thank God, the 7th of December I will graduate with honors.  I am certain that I will continue, with God’s help, to fulfil His plan for my life.”  Name Changed to Protect Privacy

“The Hogar Campestre has significantly impacted my life.  Through this institution I have managed to acquire an integral formation (preparation), and a healthy growth, physically, socially and spiritually.  Having received the support of ICC for my development as a person is a great sign that God loves me and is interested in me and my salvation.  With my Hogar Campestre family I have learned that I can’t live just for myself – there always has to be room for others; that we don’t have to panic about the things of this life because everything will pass. It is important to value and respect the differences in others. We each have different qualitities which make us special and inique, and this is essential for the world to be dynamic and full of life.  God has a purpose and plan for each life, and I am part of God’s puzzle – nothing happens by chance.  For those whom God loves, all things work together for good, even those things in life which seem unfair to us.  I profoundly thank God for giving me the opportunity to be part of the fmaily of ICC, who prepares and forms children and young people for the heavenly kingdom.  Sincerely, with all my heart, thank-you.  May God always bless you.”  Name Changed to Protect Privacy

Fatima and Julio

Las Palmas Graduates

Pineapples Thriving at Las Palmas Children’s Village

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Just received today – a report and pictures from the Las Palmas children’s village in the Dominican Republic.  The pineapple project is doing very well.  The report stated that “of the ones that have grown naturally without putting on a chemical to get them to germinate we have about 400.  But now, with the chemical product, about 6000 have germinated of the better plants.”   

In one of the photos below there are three pineapples on a table.  The report continued by saying “…you can see the three pineapples that we harvested today, whose value will be taken to the church as an offering of thanks.” 

First Fruits

First Fruits

 

Pineapple Project Thriving

Pineapple Project Thriving