Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Amazing Experiences in the Dominican Republic

The kids at St. Vincent's love 4Life Fortify!

Last week, we enjoyed a truly amazing trip to the Dominican Republic. First, we visited St. Vincent de Paul Children's Center in Santo Domingo. It felt like Christmas already with decorations throughout and holiday music playing in the halls. And Santa Claus came early, in the form of 4Life distributors! We were proud to help deliver 1,000 bags of 4Life Fortify® and watch the children enjoy eating it. St. Vincent's serves as a sanctuary for over 300 children.

After our visit to St. Vincent's, Gold International Diamond Esdras Cabrera Alberto took us to the homes of four of the students. There is no way to truly describe the destitute living conditions we witnessed. These single moms wash clothes or clean houses while the children are at school so they can make enough money to survive. One home was actually just a space underground, the road above acting as a ceiling. The nuns at St. Vincent's said that children will often return to school on Monday so weak from lack of food that they faint.
Platinum International Diamond Juan Rosado tries out 4Life Fortify along with the kids.

We're glad to know that 4Life Fortify will be put to very good use at the school and that the four families we visited will also receive it on a monthly basis. But, Santa still needs a lot of help! As 4Life continues to grow, our ability to serve people in need grows as well. We are so grateful to the generous hearts of our distributors like Esdras who truly make Together, Building People their life's work.

Next, we visited a local children's hospital where Sister Carmen from La Casa Rosada orphanage now works. It was a difficult thing to see the suffering of those children. But it was good to hear Sister Carmen speak so highly of 4Life products as she introduced us to children who have been helped by them.

We also attended a 4Life distributor rally at the National Theater in Santo Domingo. A favorite venue for performers such as Luciano Pavarotti and Ricky Martin, this time it was filled to capacity with 4Life distributors. It was wonderful to witness the success that makes our worldwide service endeavors possible. We heard from dynamic leaders such as Platinum International Diamond Juan Rosado and Gold International Diamond Giovanni Perotti. Plus, we enjoyed a fantastic dance performance by some of the children from La Casa Rosada.

We ended our trip with a visit to La Casa Rosada. It's always a sweet experience to witness the great work that continues there and feel the love and gratitude of the nuns and children.

Our time in the Dominican Republic was humbling. But, it was also a wonderful reminder of the great hearts of 4Life family members. Together, we can do—and we are doing—things that we could never do alone. Yes, there is a Santa Claus and his magic exists in all of us as we build and lift people through the science, success, and service that 4Life has to offer.

David and Bianca Lisonbee pose with Aneurys PĂ©rez, one of the oldest boys at La Casa Rosada.