Focusing in the Dominican Republic, we help to empower impoverished communities through compassion, providing for physical needs, emotional support, financial and health education.
We feel that helping to establish healthy communities is prevention of child abuse, abandonment, and child trafficking.
RAIZ means ROOT in Spanish. We study each area to find the ROOT cause of physical, social, and spiritual issues to develop a program that best meets the needs of the people to help prevent child abuse and child trafficking. We are a culturally sensitive, Christian, non-profit organization.
Founders, Timothy & Holly, have served in many roles in ministry since 1998. But in 2007, their hearts were forever changed during a month mission in Liberia, West Africa. They dedicated their work to foreign missions focusing on health education, medical teams, surgical teams, and dental care. Their organization became a registered non-profit and 501c3 in 2008. Timothy and Holly led teams to Guatemala, Peru, and Zambia Africa. The people in all countries and villages were precious and taught them valuable lessons in joy and strength - no matter the circumstances. The team members who sacrificed to served with Timothy and Holly became family and were forever changed. The many lessons learned and relationships made during the many years of medical missions are priceless.
In 2018, Timothy and Holly felt led to rebrand from a medical ministry to a humanitarian based organization helping children who are abused, abandoned, and enslaved. They believe in understanding the ROOT of issues and educating and working together with the locals to find long-lasting solutions. All work and education is done with cultural sensitivity and compassion, understanding that the "western ways" are not always the best practice. Timothy & Holly strive to remain a servant to all people and a positive example for other organizations.