The Ritzen Memorial Center is located at Monkey Jungle in Sosua.
We organize private tours to the Monkey Jungle (and Zipline). By booking this tour you support the Foundation. They are also very happy with dental care products (toothbrush/paste) and any other medical care products.
Monkey Jungle was inspired by the Haitian and Dominican Assistance Corporation (HADAC) which was formed in 2008 by Chuck and Candy Ritzen. Chuck & Candy were two entrepreneurs from Nashville, Tennessee who dedicated their lives to improving the lives of those around them. The original plan was that HADAC would provide support for the 550 + Haitians and Dominicans living in close proximity to our clinic. Word traveled fast of the offer for treatment, far many had never seen a dentist in their life and just couldn’t afford to see a doctor. They were coming as far as 2 hours away and approximately 60 patients were being seen each Saturday. The demand was growing! By the end of 2009 it was apparent that there was a need for a commercial attraction to expand, maintain and perpetuate these free clinics. The idea to open a Monkey and Zip line attraction was born.
On October 17, 2016, following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew, Chuck & Candy flew medical supplies, tarps and food to the people of Haiti. Upon returning to Puerto Plata their single engine sea plane was caught in a storm, and they were lost to the sea.
Their dream continues through the continued support of those that come to visit Monkey Jungle, and the dedicated volunteers, visiting doctors and friends. Profits from the tourist activities, bar, gift store sales and donations are deposited into HADAC, a 501c3 and registered Dominican NGO. These proceeds go to fund medical and dental care, medicines, food programs, vocational training and educational programs, who will help these underserved people without charge to them of any kind.
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