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. ​
 
  • 1,154 children learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • "10 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations"
  • 160 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 735 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
 
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
 
  • 15 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
 
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
 
  • 2,941 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 71 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 8 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 815 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
     
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
 
  • 1,409 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 38 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
 
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
 
  • 200 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 49 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
 
*Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Dominican Republic reported for FY18 (October 2017 to September 2018)

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