Both men were marked by a little village a world away from their cosmopolitan Miami roots but that touched their hearts in ways that changed them forever. Albert Perez was a Christopher Columbus High School student and Alfred Consuegra ttended Belen Jesuit Prep. They were just 16-year-old Catholic boys when they set out on their adventure.
It began, more than 20 years ago, as a trip with other teenage friends. The mission: build an aqueduct in a village in the Dominican Republic. The result: a lifetime commitment to improve the lives of the poorest campesinos in that Caribbean nation. Back in 1983, Albert Perez was a junior at Christopher Columbus High School and friend Alfred Consuegra was a 16-year-old at Belen Jesuit Prep.
In 1983, 16 year old Albert Perez traveled from his Florida home to the Dominican Republic as part of a high school program to help the country’s poor. That was the beginning of a mission that Mr. Perez has never stopped.
LIFO (Living Instruments For Others) is a non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida, that develops self-help projects in remote regions of the Dominican Republic. Our mission since 1985 has been to help some of the poorest people improve their living conditions and consequently, their education, health and future prospects. For over 25 years LIFO has been coordinating with religious and other non-governmental organizations in the country and has focused on helping small villages in the interior of the country with three basic needs: Clean Water, Education and Healthcare.