YDL President Bernard Hamilton and Vice President Paola Ramirez presented the charity Discovering Latin America with a cheque of £2,200, raised at the recent Latin 09 Party. Funds will support the Progressio charity which works to improve the quality of life of women in the Monte Plata province of the Dominican Republic, particularly in stemming the growing HIV crisis.
Money raised will fund information campaigns to educate women about their rights and sexual health. The project also helps 9,000 women access HIV tests, and anti-retrovirals and follow-up care, as well as receive pre- and post-test counselling. A further 15,000 women will be able to access the integrated health services.