Haina'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: 

The urban area of Haina is one of the poorest and most polluted in all of the Dominican Republic. With high traffic levels, industrial buildings and the country's only refinery, the community struggles with pollution and the health risks that stem from it. Lung infections, stomach diseases, skin conditions and nerve disorders are just some of the common health concerns children face.

Many families in Haina are migrants of Haitian heritage. Most children live in single-parent homes or under the care of grandparents, as their parents head to cities like Santo Domingo in search of work. This leaves children vulnerable to threatening situations such as gang violence or child labour.
Child Protection
  • 1,000 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 142 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 24 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 4 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 4 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 8 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 15 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 31 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 
  • 200 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 40 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 49 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2018 to September 2019
Health Care
To ensure children and their families can enjoy better health in their community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide prenatal counselling and improve women's knowledge of and access to health care
  • Strengthen the coordination and facilitation of existing health care systems
  • Support mothers and their families in adopting practices that will promote better health and nutrition
  • Improve the coordination of local health services with community committees and networks

Child Protection
To better protect children and safeguard their well-being, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Establish and strengthen systems that uphold the rights of children and allow them to report violations
  • Train families on positive parenting and activate support networks to encourage use of social services
  • Strengthen the directory and local board of protection to ensure it is active and functioning
  • Equip community partners with tools to develop and implement a child and community monitoring plan

To ensure children and adults have the information they need to live a full life, World Vision will help to:
  • Provide women of child-bearing age training and education on sexual and reproductive health
  • Promote the importance of access to early childhood education and development
  • Build informal networks that encourage community members to utilize formal services and social welfare
  • Increase the capacity of local partners to deliver timely and directed counseling for families in need
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 Haina

current conditions

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

The needs in Haina

Health Care
One of the primary concerns in Haina is the state of health for children and their families. Diseases as a result of intense pollution are common, although most of the population doesn't recognize the connection between the two. Because of this, families can't act preventatively to preserve their health.

Most community members don't know about their rights to a clean environment and need the tools to advocate for those rights to be recognized and honoured by local government. In Haina, even the worst of the affected areas have not been decontaminated yet. A new sanitation management system must be created to control waste disposal.

Child Protection
In Haina, the well-being of many children is at risk. A history of patriarchy and deeply rooted traditions can sometimes play out in the form of domestic violence, gender-based abuse and the exploitation of children. Because many youth come from single-parent or grandparent-headed households, they don't always get the dedicated care they need to feel safe and encouraged in their growth.

Low levels of education, a lack of opportunities for parents and few established protection systems also increase children's vulnerability.

In the community, limited access to a good education is at the root of many issues. Although most children are enrolled in public school, the quality of education pales in comparison to the private schooling most families can't afford. There are few well-equipped preschools and programs for children under age five.

Arguably, a limited education has an even greater impact on a child's adult life than it does their adolescence. Without having gained certain tools, the population struggles to understand and claim their legal rights, particularly those related to health care and state-provided services. Many families are marginalized and lack the support to challenge the government about gaps in services and advocate on their own behalf.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Haina,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!