El Prodigio

The needs in El Prodigio

El Prodigio's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

  • 529 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 411 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 6 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 115 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 8 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 20 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 202 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 198 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 2 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 200 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 10 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Inform parents about the importance of being involved in their children's education.
  • Support programs to improve the education environment and schools' effectiveness.
  • Strengthen children's reading, writing, and mathematics skills.
  • Implement early childhood education programs.

Health Care
Through partnership with children, families, and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Educate parents on child nutrition, health, hygiene, disease prevention, and treatment.
  • Train healthcare workers on child growth monitoring and rehabilitating malnourished children.
  • Establish community disaster preparedness committees.

With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV.
  • Strengthen community-led care for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Train community members on the rights of children and teens, as well as positive discipline practices.
  • Form a local network to advocate for and protect children's rights.
  • Establish a child-youth board to give children and youth a voice in issues that affect them.
  • Mobilize community members and groups for zero tolerance of child labor.
  • Establish clubs for children and youth in sports, art, culture, and leadership.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in El Prodigio can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Support small business ownership and vocational training for youth and adults.
  • Improve access to microfinance loans. Integrate families into fishing and farming associations for collective marketing.
Hurricane Irma: Updates and facts you need to know Hurricane Irma has begun moving through the Caribbean and is expected to lash the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos with life-threatening wind, storm surges and heavy rain starting Wednesday night and lasting into Friday morning.

Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm and now ranks among the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded.

World Vision is deeply concerned about the impact this major hurricane could have on children living in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which are among the poorest countries in Latin America. Tens of thousands of children are living in flimsy shacks that are likely to be damaged and destroyed by powerful winds and rain.

What is World Vision Doing to prepare for Hurricane Irma? World Vision is in communication with community networks to stay updated on damage and on the status of sponsored children, so we can respond quickly.

World Vision is prepositioning basic food and hygiene items to meet the needs of affected families and to ensure that affected children are secure and supported through child-friendly spaces.

Hurricanes of this magnitude can be especially frightening and traumatic for children, and we are working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs.

How is World Vision responding to Hurricane Irma? World Vision has relief supplies pre-positioned to assist in responding to the needs of those affected after the storm passes. Supplies include:
  • Hygiene kits
  • Sawyer water filters
  • Bed sheets Mosquito nets
  • Jerry cans
  • Dry food
About your sponsored child
If you would like more information about your sponsored child, please call our toll-free Hurricane Irma emergency line at 1-800-654-2650.

Explore El Prodigio

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

El Prodigio,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.