Home to more than 10 million people, Dominican Republic is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. In United Nations-sponsored studies, the Dominican Republic routinely ranks last in Latin American education. More than a quarter of children do not complete primary school, just over half go on to secondary school, and fewer than 20% graduate from high school, so the possibility of a better future is remote for many. read more »
Sarah* and her brother Daniel* were among the first kids to enter Casa Monte Plata when it opened over 12 years ago. Previously, they had been almost living at the Eva Russell School due to an unstable, dysfunctional family situation.
While continuing to attend the school, Sarah blossomed in the environment at Casa Monte Plata where she finally had a peaceful, loving home. She began to thrive spiritually, academically, and physically. Two years ago, she finished high school, moved into our independence home, and began studying accounting at the university level on a Kids Alive scholarship. What a joy it was for us to hire Sarah as a full-time accountant and administrative assistant at Casa Monte Plata! It is wonderful to watch a needy, vulnerable child be transformed into a vibrant Christian who humbly serves others with her skills and abilities. Her joy and passion are a gift to everyone in our community.
*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.
The Eva Russell School has grown and changed dramatically over the past three decades. The program has grown to serve over 200 students a day through ninth grade, and the facility has expanded to have a library, computer lab, a water purification system and a dental clinic. Impoverished families from the community appreciate the no-cost quality education and holistic care offered by the school and many students begin a serious relationship with Christ during these formative years at the Eva Russell School.