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Project Dominican Republic

Project Dominican Republic
was Limbs For U first project. Working closely through local clinics, in Santo Domingo, Limbs for U began to study the needs of limbs recipients, and focus on the end-to-end process of: 1) identifying strategic partners both in the U.S. and in other countries  2) procuring artificial limbs no longer used, 2) managing limbs refurbishment, 3) shipping limbs to participating clinics.
It was via this initial experience, working in Dominican Republic  that Limbs For U was able to develop understanding that its first core goal and objective of providing mobility was only just the beginning. Limbs recipients also needed empowerment in terms of skills training and job opportunities, which would also lead to living freer lives.  Strategic partnerships with government and with socially-responsible companies were also important, 

Dominican Republic Congresswoman Marie Martinez visited one of our partner's prosthetic clinics and is seen shaking hands with orthopedic  Angelica Maria Lopez of D'Protesis Orthopedic Shoes as Mrs. Martinez assistant, Rafael Quintero checks her schedule.

The entire experience in the Dominican Republic taught us much. Lessons learned there about the challenges of communicating in another language and culture were instrumental in our decision to transition our work in the Dominican Republic.  We did so by putting the work directly in the hands of our Spanish-speaking partners living and maintaining prosthetic operations right in the country. 

Patient "Jonathan" was one of our first patients whose life was transformed once he received and was fitted for his new artificial limb from Limbs For U. His entire outlook on life changed once he became more mobile. The moment he stood up on his new limb, and the smile broke out on his face, you could feel the energy in the room. 

Patient "Genesis" was another great success story. Her new mobility made a profound difference in her life. The more mobility we provided however, the more that we realized that we needed to do more. 

Dominican Republican native-language speakers living in the U.S. are needed to help out to continue the work both state-side as well as in Dominican Republic. Please see our Volunteer Now and Donate Now pages for more info and please free to Contact Us so that we can put you directly in touch with our Dominican Republic partners,