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 2016:

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
  • 6 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Dominican Republic
  • 9,440 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 136 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
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 sanitation, and preventing childhood diseases
  • 245 malnourished children in Dominican Republic were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 47 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 81 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
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
  • 578 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 1,345 children and youths were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 36 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
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
  • 70 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1,378 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

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