Dominican Republic

Working With Children in the Dominican Republic

World Vision has been active in the Dominican Republic for nearly 30 years and currently reaches more than 30 thousand children and their families. Health and child safety are priority issues. HIV and AIDS has become the leading cause of death for teenagers and adults in some parts of the country. We have renewed efforts to educate adults, youths and children in the Dominican Republic about HIV and AIDS and have involved churches in the awareness campaigns.

In the Dominican Republic, promoting child safely recently meant standing with Haitian children who were born and raised in the country, but stripped of their citizenship by the DR government and sent to Haiti, where many did not have citizenship. See below for more ways Canadians have supported children in the Dominican Republic this past year.

Your impact in the Dominican Republic

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. ​

  • Leaders and youths were trained on Citizen Voice and Action, a program that equips them with simple tools to enforce their right to services such as health care and education
  • 37 children survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 840 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 3,085 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 349 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • Community facilitators, parents and guardians attended trainings on good nutrition, hygiene, and
  • 353 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 21 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 57 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 14 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 38 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We formed Parent Teacher Associations to equip parents to work with school officials for improvements such as teacher training and more textbooks
  • 252 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 4,054 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 91 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 6 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • Vocational trainings in beekeeping, pharmacy, hair dressing and accounting were provided to youths so they could earn income and help support their families
  • 200 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 358 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 10 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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