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 five 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 »
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
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 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.