Ark Jarabacoa Children's Home

Jarabacoa | Dominican Republic

The Ark is Kids Alive DR’s flagship residential facility, caring for the most vulnerable children since 1987. Our campus houses orphaned and abandoned children in family-style homes with loving, attentive house parents. In most cases, the kids have been through difficult and painful circumstances before coming to us, and we count it a privilege to give them a safe place to live and recover from their traumatic pasts. read more

At Kids Alive we believe in holistic care, treating the physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs of each child. The campus of six homes, a chapel, outdoor recreation space, and other facilities helps us to achieve this goal, as well as offering them a quality education at our school. While we currently house 50 children, our goal is to serve more in the future as funding and space become available.

The Dominican government has recognized the Ark for our excellent care of children, which has improved our relationship with the local community. Recently we began training for our staff to better connect with kids who have suffered from trauma. And we have refurbished one of our homes and fully upgraded our electrical system.

In the next year we hope to complete our trauma training, as well as finish a major expansion of our soccer field. We are also working to develop plans and norms for our older Ark children. We believe that hope leads to transformed lives – so what a blessing it is this year to have a former Ark kid sponsor a current one! Rescuing precious lives and sharing with them the love of Jesus is our ongoing mission.

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Hope Changes Everything at Jarabacoa Children's Home

Often, we serve kids whose stories seemed to start in the pit of hopelessness. Pierre* is one such story, but God intervened to shine the light of hope. For many years, he lived with his brother in the streets of a northern town, begging for food each day to survive. He is from Haiti, and since he had never been to school, he spoke no Spanish, which made life even more difficult for him. Life looked bleak, and he had nowhere to turn. But at age 10, Pierre was brought to the Ark by the Dominican child protective services. Suddenly, life began to change.

When Pierre arrived, we placed him in a home with other Haitian boys who were refugees following the 2010 earthquake. We tutored him in Spanish until he could enter a regular classroom, where he began to catch up to his peers very quickly. Eventually he was elected sophomore class president in his Dominican public high school, an incredible feat for a Haitian immigrant here. A natural servant, if Pierre sees work to do he does it. He is often moved to tears out of compassion for others. And he has given his life to Jesus, the source of his hope.

Pierre is a very good soccer player and cook, and his dream is to attend culinary school after graduating from high school. A bright future is ahead for this amazing young man, yet another story of hope breaking through the darkness.

*name changed to protect privacy

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 Jarabacoa

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.

Life at Ark Jarabacoa

Our campus houses orphaned and abandoned children in family-style homes with loving, attentive house parents. In most cases, the kids have been through difficult and painful circumstances before coming to us, and we count it a privilege to give them a safe place to live and recover from their traumatic pasts.