As the oldest Kids Alive program in Dominican Republic, ANIJA’s mission of “helping the children of Jarabacoa” is spelled out in its Spanish acronym. It was originally started as a care center almost 30 years ago, and today the full campus includes a Pre-K through 9th grade school, playground, computer lab, and offices. Currently, over 375 needy and vulnerable children have found a place to learn and grow at ANIJA. read more »
Twelve-year-old Diana* is the oldest child in her family and takes on a lot of responsibility for running the house, including doing all the cooking and cleaning. She lives with her younger sister, her uncle, and her father, who doesn’t have a stable income. There are often not enough resources to provide for the needs of everyone in the house, so Diana is thrilled to be learning and growing at ANIJA, where she is receiving an education she otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, and enjoying activities like playing on the school soccer team with other girls her age.
Diana is an excellent student and athlete, loves studying the Bible, and faithfully takes her little sister to church. We are thankful that she feels comfortable with one of our staff members, often going to her for counseling when she is troubled. When she finishes high school, she wants to go to college so that she’ll be better able to help her father and other relatives.
*name changed to protect privacy
Site Partnership allows for services that reach beyond the basics of what Child Sponsorship provides, supplying resources for trauma training and therapy, nutritionists, social workers, educational counselors, discipleship, and more.
Our students come from the poorest communities and would otherwise not have access to a solid education. Not only do we offer them a quality education including English, computers, and art, but our after-school program provides lunch, tutoring, and extracurricular activities. We are thankful that more than 80% of the students who enter our program graduate from high school, and each one hears daily about the hope found in Jesus.