By Danelle Putnam – The kids that live in our group home came from a government orphanage for children with developmental disabilities called, “Angeles de CONANI.” For several years, we have worked to offer training for the direct care staff of CONANI as part of our desire to improve the quality of life of the children in the orphanage. We are pleased to share with you that the director of “Hogares Luteranos el Buen Pastor,” Dr. Marisol Martinez, is now leading the training for 60+ caregivers! The training is going very well as the staff has been overwhelmingly receptive and enthusiastic to the program. We hope that in working with the government, we can also continue to bring awareness to the Dominican republic regarding care for people with developmental disabilities. We are thankful to IMPACT who was given us a grant for the trainings. IMPACT is an international alliance made up of Lutheran organizations that care for people with developmental disabilities who supports projects in less developed countries that aim to promote inclusive societies.