Working Ourselves Out of a Job

If you have ever been down to visit us at Go MAD you have probably heard us talk about working ourselves out of a job. This is something that we strive to do. It’s not that we don’t love what we do. It’s not that we don’t love those that we serve. In fact, it’s because we love those that we serve that we want to work ourselves out of a job. We desire to create opportunity for people to provide for themselves and their families rather than creating a dependence on Go MAD to provide. I am excited to tell you that we have done exactly that in one of the communities we have been working. We have worked ourselves out of the village of Munoz.

Ground_Breaking3I know that many of you that have come down love the village of Munoz. We do too! We have enjoyed so much our time working there. We learned a lot and made many wonderful friendships that continue today. For me personally, building a relationship with Pastor Ricardo has been one of the most special things about my time living in the DR. He taught me so much and I will be forever grateful for the time I got to spend with him. His death was difficult, but it was also a reminder of the importance of making a difference in people’s lives. At the funeral so many people talked about the impact he had on their lives and it was wonderful to celebrate that with his family.

Why now? Great question! We perform a census in each of our communities every so often. We do this to monitor our effectiveness and look for areas of vulnerabilities that we might be missing. Some of the teams that have visited us have helped with the census taking. Well, when we did the most recent census in Munoz we found some wonderful things. The two biggest being that Munoz had the highest employment rate as well as the highest percentage of kids attending school of any of the villages we serve. In fact, almost 100% of the children that can attend school in Munoz do. As if that wasn’t enough, we learned that a new free medical clinic was opening in Munoz. Amazing!

When we looked at the data, the new clinic coming in, the fact that there are two wonderful churches in the community and that the local ministry, Luz Por La Vida, that we have been working with that was started by Pastor Ricardo is there to keep things moving, well we knew it was time. It was not an easy decision. We loved working in Munoz, but we also knew there were other areas with more need. So, the decision was made to shift our resources from Munoz to the village of Severet. I look forward to the time I can write that we have worked ourselves out a job there.

Chantz Cutts, Executive Director



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