Santo Domingo North School has been ministering to at-risk children from poor areas with food and health protection in Dominican Republic’s capital, and this feature of the ministry has become even more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff is working hard to distribute food to hungry children and their families as well as support them with information to help cope with emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges.
School Directors Margaret and Juan and their team of teachers and workers continue to find creative ways to serve and glorify God despite the obstacles and challenges posed by the pandemic.
The children completed their academic year on June 19th and are now on summer vacation. The vacation is restful for the children, but the school now moves into high gear to complete maintenance projects and minor construction work before school reopens in August.
Regular Zoom meetings of the seven Kids Alive DR school directors have not only been helpful for sharing pandemic strategies but also for unifying standards and best practices.
It has been strange to do school from home, but with supplies from the school and studies planned by the teachers, the children are learning to adapt.
Working through his assignments on WhatsApp, Jose* diligently does his schoolwork at home. Teachers and families have found solutions to work around challenges brought on by COVID-19. (*Name changed)
We care for the sick, orphaned, and widows. School staff strives to meet the needs of those suffering most during this time.
As Julio* finished up his schoolwork, his grateful mom sent his teacher this photo. Schooling from afar is particularly hard on our families who have no paper, computers, or reliable connectivity. (*name changed)
Dilia* works hard on her schoolwork at home. (*Name changed)
Director Juan, on the left, has worked hard in these months to meet the needs of his children's communities.
Along with schoolwork, spiritual tracts and devotions are distributed to school families to share in their homes.
Carrying bags of food for a week, Kids Alive workers occasionally arrive at homes that have no food left. We are grateful for our donors' generous support!
School staff sort and repack wholesale food down to family size packs. Each family receives rice, beans, salami, sardines, pasta, oil, and oatmeal.