The ‘bateyes’ in Dominican Republic

Bateyes are communities within the sugar cane plantations where sugar industry workers and their families live. At the beginning of the nineteenth century workforce was mainly Haitians, however, nowadays, currently living in the batey are Haitians and Dominicans.

The geographical isolation, poverty and discrimination against this population make them very vulnerable people in respect for their fundamental rights.

More than 200,000 people in the batey live in precarious conditions with limited access to health services, education, electricity and water access. For example, 83% have no drinking water, 48% of children under 5 years old have no birth certificate and 33% over 16 years does not have an identity card.

Source: Survey Sociodemographic and HIV / AIDS poll in the Dominican Republic batey 2007.

Geographic area of intervention:

República Dominicana: Programs of education, culture, health and legal assitence work in:

Santo Domingo Este: Mamey
Santo Domingo Norte: Mata Mamón, San Joaquín
Santo Domingo Oeste: Palmarejo, Palavé, Bienvenido, Caballona
Monte Plata: Altagracia, La Pista, Piraco, Juan Sánchez
Villa Altagracia: Basima, Lechería, Km. 43, Km. 56, Km. 59
Puerto Plata: Muñoz, Cangrejo, Montellano

Programs covering human rights and advocacy work throughout the state level.

Haití: Training programs for women and the children’s home for boys and girls are developed in Léogâne: Petit Goave, Grand Goave.

Population we work for: 








The target population of the programs and projects of  MUDHA are men and women of the bateys who are living in poverty and suffer from discriminatory policies or situations.

The female population has traditionally been and remains the most vulnerable. Women in the bateys communities live within a circle of violence, discrimination and social exclusion.

That is why, since its foundation, MUDHA works focused on reducing the conditions of inequality and structural violence against women in the batey.

In Haiti, the work is primarily aimed to women, boys and girls who suffered the 2010 earthquake.