The Players Trust is providing a $100,000 grant to Save the Children, Dominicana in support of their COVID-19 relief program. This program includes addressing food insecurity and supporting a variety of initiatives, including the following:
- WASH Program: Within WASH interventions, priority has been given to the delivery of hygiene kits for protection against COVID-19 for individuals (masks, alcohol, antibacterial gel, liquid soap, and chlorine) as well as other hygiene products for girls, adolescents and women and pampers for children and people with severe motor disabilities. Additionally, the needs of schools are being evaluated to guarantee access to various water points in preparation for the start of school in August 2020. Support is also being provided to three hospitals with regard to PPE (masks, glasses, latex gloves, biosafety suits, biosafety shoes, and infrared thermometers, among others).
- Violence/Protection: A monitoring system for violence against children has been created in communities. In addition, three videos have been made to raise awareness and educate families and children with information about telephone hotlines and the different forms of violence against children and their signs.
- Education: With the start of the school year at the end of August, Save the Children has proceeded to create and purchase school kits (notebooks, backpacks, pens) so that families impacted by the economic crisis can guarantee educational materials for their children and to encourage them to continue learning, either in person or from home.
- Children’s Rights: Save the Children Dominicana’s team continuously monitors possible violations of children’s rights during the crisis, in alliance with the authorities, with the Department of Human Trafficking of the National Police being the organization’s main ally.
This donation is to augment the funds previously raised by current and former Major League players from the Dominican Republic for related and immediate assistance to those in need, reflecting the ongoing commitment to support areas of need across the island of the Dominican Republic.
“As a Dominican player, I see it as my duty to help my country whenever possible,” said Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz, the recipient of the 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. “Even though the baseball season is almost starting, we are always thinking of ways we can help those in need. The donations to these organizations will allow families, children, and health care workers to get the support and assistance needed during this pandemic.”
“Our Players reacted immediately to provide support and resources to those in need across the world in response to COVID-19. These efforts for the Dominican Republic in particular are an extension of that support, and reflect the importance of this country to so many of our members,” said Leonor Colon, Senior Director of International and Domestic Player Operations. “We are proud to build on the good work that our Dominican players have done on their own. As the season starts this year, and their focus will turn to the field, this programming demonstrates they do not forget the need to support the place they call home.”