Dominican Republic

Working With Children in the Dominican Republic


 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
World Vision has been active in the Dominican Republic (DR) for more than 30 years and currently benefits more than 21,000 children directly and approximately 340,000 children and youth indirectly. The focus of the programs in the DR are education, child protection and emergencies. We also put a high emphasis on advocacy, particularly in trying to influence the government and its services.

World Vision Dominican Republic (WVDR) is also increasingly collaborating with World Vision Haiti to help address issues on both sides of the DR-Haiti border. Starting in 2023, World Vision Canada is halting its child sponsorship program in the Dominican Republic. But other support offices will continue working with the country through sponsorship.

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:
  • 86 children and youth participated in activities aimed at ending violence against children.
  • 304 children and adults participated in trainings on child protection, including gender-based violence, positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.
  • 3,114 people are participating in activities that provide spiritual nurture and encouragement for children.
  • 60 people were involved or trained in community-level advocacy and social accountability activities aimed at holding their governments responsible for the provision of basic services.
  • 41 community-based organizations, faith-based orgnizations and other community partners were actively working for the wellbeing of children.
  • 1 community groups engaged in Citizen Voice and Action activities, calling on their governments to deliver the basic services that have been promised.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 10,054 people learned how to protect themselves against COVID-19 through awareness sessions.
  • 10,061 educational materials related to COVID-19 were printed and distributed.
  • 8,804 people received personal protective equipment to prevent COVID-19.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 520 children attended in-school or after-school literacy activities.
  • 34 youth have completed life skills training through World Vision programs.
  • 19 Unlock Literacy reading clubs achieved set quality standards, creating fun and educational settings to develop children’s literacy.
  • 438 caregivers received training to support their children's early reading skills using the Unlock Literacy approach.
  • 26 members from school management committees and parent teacher associations received training, equipping them to be effective in their roles.
  • 6 teachers received training in topics such as literacy, early childhood development and child-centered approaches.
  • 1,210 reading materials were provided to schools and communities in support of children's education.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 64 community members, including children, received training in disaster risk reduction.
  • 3 communities updated their disaster preparedness plans to provide guidance during emergency situations.
  • 3 disaster preparedness groups and committees were actively working to help their communities mitigate and response to crises.
  • 6 schools have updated disaster preparedness plans in place.
  • 3,286 people benefitted from cash transfers, giving them freedom and ability to meet their immediate household needs.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 7,560 people were trained or involved in community water, sanitation or hygiene initiatives.
  • 1 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) committees were established or reactivated, with training for members.
  • 8,095 hygiene kits distributed to support people's health and cleanliness.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors

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