Dominican Republic Information
The country suffers from marked income inequality; the poorest half of the population receives less than one-fifth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while the richest 10 percent enjoys nearly 40 percent. High unemployment and underemployment remain challenging.
Between 20 and 28 percent of the populations lack access to governmental health care. Communicable diseases, in particular, diarrhea and acute respiratory illnesses, demonstrate key weaknesses in the health and social systems including a lack of access to basic services such as potable water, sewage systems and waste disposal. With less than 3 percent of the budget spend on education, children attending public schools spend 3 hours a day in the classroom. Haitian migrants are frequently denied their rights and their Dominican-born children cannot obtain the paperwork necessary to enroll in school or provide access to basic services.
Army of the Kind works in two locations in the Dominican Republic.
We began our work in 2007 in "El Faro Niños para Cristo" boys orphanage. Thirty beautiful boys live here and we have the privilege to watch and help them grow into beautiful young adults. After many visits, we decided to adopt the orphanage in 2010. With our child sponsorship program we help to financially support the orphanage. Every child is connected to a sponsor who gives a monthly donation, writes and encourages the child. All the sponsor donations are used to bring nutrition, school uniforms, repairs to the orphanage , and a summer tutoring program. We are also working on building a 2nd level to the orphanage in order to rescue more homeless boys from the streets. Click here to find out more about that project.
Barahona, Batey Bombita
In 2008, we came across batey Bombita by accident. A tropical storm had hit the island and as we were driving through the main road, we noticed a community under water. The heavy rain had flooded their homes and several families were sitting on their roofs hoping for help. Our mission team stopped and immediately went into the community to help. We met a pastor and continued to return to the community each year to help with medical missions as well as community work projects. In 2011, we decided to take our relationship with the community a little further and talk of opening a nutrition center began. In April of 2012, we launched our Portion of Hope nutrition center which currently feeds over 110 children. Our yearly mission teams enjoy visiting our nutrition center and spending time meeting the children and staff. We enjoy getting to know the residents of the community and embracing their culture as we work together to bring workshops and outreaches that leave a long lasting positive impact.