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 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:
  • 90 young people participated in trainings where they learned about their fundamental rights and responsibilities
  • 19 local organizations, institutions, networks and other groups received support and guidance from World Vision
  • 414 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence
  • 78 of community members went to our attitude change sessions
  • 4,600 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Dominican Republic funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 60,540 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 25,359 community members and medical staff were given personal protective equipment like soap, hygiene kits, and gloves
  • 13,865 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 53,555 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 27,318 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Dominican Republic, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 3,500 parents and caregivers increased their knowledge of childhood nutrition, disease prevention and development

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Dominican Republic funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 27 representatives from local schools received training in peaceful coexistence and social norms
  • 1,020 books are available for every school-aged child
  • 1,020 girls and boys in Grades 1 to 3 took part in our literacy programme
  • 860 parents and caregivers were trained to support our literacy programme
  • 18 reading clubs were started

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Dominican Republic funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 1,046 people received food assistance

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Dominican Republic funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme
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