Ark Constanza School and Children's Home

Constanza | Dominican Republic

The valley town of Constanza yields an abundance of fresh vegetables, but many children still suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Located on the same property as our school, our home cares for the most vulnerable children, offering them hope in otherwise hopeless situations. read more

More than 40 children live at Ark Constanza, where they are loved and cared for in family-style homes. These kids were either orphaned or abandoned and needed a safe, stable place to live. House parents lovingly care for their needs all day long, whether those needs are physical, emotional, or spiritual.

Originally started as a care center in a small building, the Constanza school grew quickly as more and more needy children arrived, and we are now a full-day school with more than 200 students. After basic education, we continue to provide middle and high school discipleship, tutoring, and sports programs, which are all effective ways to maintain contact and help our former school students.

We recently began intensive training for house parents and teachers to equip them to better reach children affected by serious trauma. New accomplishments include a cafeteria, kitchen, and multi-purpose building, as well as transitioning to a new school director. Future plans include hiring a staff psychologist and further developing plans for our middle and high school kids. Our growing staff and our emerging expertise in caring for vulnerable children are made possible by your gifts, offering the hope that changes everything!

Ark Constanza girl smiling
Ark Constanza Teacher in classroom
Ark Constanza little girls smiling
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Hope Changes Everything at Ark Constanza

At times there are stories that are hard for many of us to comprehend, stories that carry such pain, trauma, and hopelessness that it can be hard for us to relate. Sammy’s* story is one of those. He spent the first ten years of his life in a terribly abusive situation, locked in a small shanty with his mother. Not only had Sammy never been to school, he could not read and did not even know how to run. Words cannot express the impact of the abuse and neglect during those critical, formative years.

But…hope changed everything! Within four months of coming to the Ark, Sammy had learned to read and was then able to begin formal schooling. Along with his consistent academic progress, he began to learn about God’s great rescue plan, and chose to become a follower of Christ. Now at age 21, he is close to finishing high school and is regularly teaching Bible classes at a local evangelical church. His goal is to attend seminary after graduation, and we rejoice along with him, marveling at the complete transformation in this amazing young man.

How Kids Alive Cares for the Children

Rescuing Children

  • Caring for orphans and children in family-style settings
  • Providing Christian caregivers
  • Addressing physical, spiritual, and emotional needs

Giving the Gift of Education

  • Meeting individualized academic needs
  • Providing educational guidance
  • Encouraging secondary education and vocational training

Strengthening Communities

  • Meeting community needs to build strong ties
  • Addressing health care and disease prevention
  • Creating micro-enterprise solutions for economic development

Partner with Ark Constanza

Site partnership also 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.

Life at Ark Constanza

More than 40 children live at Ark Constanza, where they are loved and cared for in family-style homes. These kids were either orphaned or abandoned and needed a safe, stable place to live. House parents lovingly care for their needs all day long, whether those needs are physical, emotional, or spiritual.