7 Elements and the Dominican Republic
7 Elements was founded in the Dominican Republic as an extension of field research Dr. Addison conducted for his doctoral dissertation. Our roots are deep here, with years of community development work outside of Puerto Plata, on the North Coast, among both Dominican and immigrant Haitian communities. Our Home Base or Lodge is located in Las Canas, a small fishing village right off the coast.
The Dominican economy is the largest in the Caribbean region, fueled in large part by tourism, yet income inequality persists; essential infrastructure remains incomplete and unreliable; and government health and education services are inadequate – exacerbating both health and economic outcomes for many living on the fringes.
Currently, we are are focusing our efforts in both Dominican and Haitian communities including Las Canas, Cano Dulce, Brison, La Grua, Nuevo York Chiquito and others. Our programs in the DR focus on improving health outcomes by creating a healthy physical and social environment. The goal of our initiatives is to empower community members to direct all projects through locally skilled tradespeople to work with our students. Our goal is enable individuals, families and communities to take greater control over their health, education and environment primarily through infrastructure building. Our community led projects have included Bottle Houses, bathroom construction, local professional led medical brigades and agricultural projects to promote local economies and community structures to be used for health and education.