A Heart for Healing


Dr. Jose Nicolas Ramirez took his medical training as an opportunity to serve the people of his hometown, Batey Altagracia.

Meet Dr. Jose Nicolas Ramirez, a.k.a “Jacobo.” Born in Batey Altagracia, Dominican Republic, he grew up as a sponsored child. Jacobo engaged in everything his local World Vision program offered —  anti-bullying campaigns, education workshops, and community celebrations.

As a teen, he also volunteered as a World Vision health promoter and cared for orphans affected by HIV. Through World Vision’s support, he was able to attend medical school in Santo Domingo and therefore achieve his dream of becoming a doctor.

Jacobo could have stayed in the capital and been a successful doctor there. The major hospitals offered him residency assignments, but he chose to return to his hometown. After working at the government clinic nearby, he treats community members for free three days a week at his own clinic.

He’s also a community leader and vocal advocate who speaks up on behalf of the needs of the local community. Because Jose’s story was transformed, he’s now helping hundreds of others.

Photo ©2016 World Vision, Eugene Lee

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