The sole purpose of Monkey Jungle and our non-profit HADAC, is to provide free medical, dental, pharmaceutical and eye care to anyone that visits our clinics in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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Medical teams come from over the world to volunteer at our clinics. Friday Clinics are for the chronically ill, and Saturday clinics are for regular patients.
In June 2021, our medical clinics reopened with teams deploying to a variety of church communities allowing us to reach many more patients.
Our ongoing outreach is only possible through generous support to HADAC and proceeds from the Monkey Jungle Dominican Republic.
Amelfi E. Dirocié de López is originally from San Juan, Dominican Republic. Since a young age, she has always been interested in helping people and social services. After completing her nursing technician credentials, she studied at the University Autònoma de Santo Domingo to receive her degree as a General Doctor. Her continued medical training includes services for pregnant women, pediatrics, as well as chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes mellitus.
As the primary doctor for the non-profit HADAC, Dr. Lopez focuses on prevention and the promotion of healthy lifestyle, as well as follow-up care for those with chronic diseases. She is experienced in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments, leading the HADAC clinical services in Puerto Plata and different communities where needs arise. Dr. Amelfi’s integrity and enthusiasm are evident to everyone she works with.
She and her husband, Rikelvin, have two beautiful children.
Terrisita Grant-Galli has been involved with HADAC for over 11 years, managing the Medical Clinic and Pharmacy at Monkey Jungle. She provides pharmaceutical support and education to our Patients, and acts as a liaison with visiting groups. Terrisita also solicits, organizes and distributes the medical equipment and medicine as it becomes available to our Care Partners.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Terrisita has a background in Health Care, as a Psychiatric Social Worker and Advocate/Educator, providing front-line support for those affected, political activism, as well as organizational development and Community building. A lifelong volunteer, Terrisita believes that “Service is Love in Action.” She says her days at the Monkey Jungle Clinic are her favorite days of the week.
Dr. Wally worked at the HADAC Monkey Jungle Clinci from 2011 – 2019. Our non-profit founders, Candy and Chuck Ritzen recognized Dr. Wally’s potential when they met him through the Dream Project. Understanding the need for local Haitian doctors, the couple funded Dr. Wally’s remaining medical education.
Throughout his time at University, Wally served our clinics at Monkey Jungle, both as a dental assistant, then as our Doctor, traveling from Santiago every Saturday.
He graduated with his Doctorate in Medicine from Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago, in July 2016. serving the HADAC Clinic every week, as well in the community clinics of Barrio Blanco and Batey Cangrejo, and the Medical Community on the North Coast.
His dedication, expertise, patience and kindness are much appreciated by all. Dr. Wally has since started another clinic with other doctors.
We offer pre-natal support including infant and maternal care. We also treat cardiac and pulmonary issues, infections and provide parasite treatment and prevention. Our staff and volunteers teach First Aid, Health and Nutrition education, as well as offer nutritional supplements and other general medical support.
Dr. Kinsley Fidele, who works in the Pignon area in the north of the country. Seen here with our Medical Coordinator Teresita.
Dr. Reginald Kerrole, The Kerolle Initiative for Community Health in Port au Prince.
Our own Dr. Wally, who provides care to children in La Victoire, Nord under his own Dr. Jean Foundation Center.
High in the mountains above the city of Cap Haitien is a small village called Calvaire where lies the school Ecole L’Union built by Live Different. HADAC frequently provides food and Medical supplies.
Our Medical Clinic at Monkey Jungle was founded to bring much-needed basic health care services to the very poor, underserved Haitian and Dominican families on the North Coast, as well as provide practical support and medicine to individuals and groups providing relief services in Haiti and the D.R.
Many of the people who visit our weekly clinic have very limited options to access a Doctors care, and most would be unable to afford the free, but necessary medical interventions we provide. We have had the honour of hosting groups from many different countries that plan Health Mission trips to the D.R., whose donations of medication and medical supplies, and “on the ground” service truly make a difference in the lives of our patients.
We have also been greatly supported in this endeavor by the generosity of our Monkey Jungle visitors, who bring us supplies from “home” when they visit. Every donation is important.
It includes, but is not limited to:
If you choose to donate financially, we typically purchase antibiotics, patent medicines, nutritional supplements and medical interventions we are unable to provide (tests and treatments at other Clinics or Hospitals).
You can also donate financially to our Medical Clinic by making checks payable to HADAC and marking Medical on the memo line. Mail to: P.O.BOX 2664 Washington, North Carolina 27889
For more information, please contact our administrator
Rob at [email protected]
In 2019, we were blessed to add complete eye equipment units donated to HADAC. We have had several optical teams from Fayetteville and Washington, North Carolina travel to the D.R. to conduct eye clinics.
It is truly amazing to watch the patient’s faces when they are first fitted with the correct glasses, like this before and after of a beautiful young lady that no longer struggles with extreme headaches, and who can now see the board in school.