U.S. Ambassador visits Alerta Joven Program in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata – During his first trip to the city of Puerto Plata, the U. S. Ambassador James W. Brewster visited the Community Center of the Evangelical Church Renacer, located at Padre Granero neighborhood, to observe the trainings on chemical manufacturing offered by Grupo Clara.  These trainings are provided through the at-risk youth (Alerta Joven) program sponsored by the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Grupo Clara is a non-profit organization with more than 14 years working with the youth in Puerto Plata. This institution received a donation from USAID for the amount of RD$5.1 million to benefit more than 600 at-risk youth in the Puerto Plata province to provide HIV preventive services, vocational education such as cleaning products manufacturing.  This program falls under the U. S. Government’s objective to promote social inclusion, improve education, enhance citizen security and encourage good governance.

Ambassador Brewster used this opportunity to encourage the youth to continue their training so that they can start their own business and improve their income and support their families. Likewise, the Ambassador congratulated Grupo Clara for their work and support for the youth of Puerto Plata.

From the beginning, Grupo Clara has received USAID funds to develop projects focused on defending human rights of HIV/AIDS affected and infected people, lobbying for the enforcement of the AIDS law num. 135-11, create awareness and skills to improve their working conditions as well as providing integrated care services.

The visit to Grupo Clara is part of the Ambassador’s three trip visit to Puerto Plata province.  The Ambassador also met with local authorities, private sector representatives and civil society.

His agenda also included a visit to the Center for Promotion and Human Solidarity (CEPROSH) to observe the services offered with U. S. Government funds for the past two decades to people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.