World Vision is deeply concerned about the impact of Hurricane Irma on families in the Dominican Republic and is prepositioning basic food and hygiene items to meet the needs of affected families. We will also work to ensure that affected children are secure and supported in child-friendly spaces.
For Canadians who want to make inquiries about how to help and the status of their sponsored children, please call toll-free 1-800-654-2650. For more information about our Hurricane Irma relief efforts, visit: http://www.worldvision.ca/stories/disaster-relief/hurricane-irma-update-and-facts
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.