Palo Blanco School

Jarabacoa | Dominican Republic

Since 2001, Palo Blanco has been reaching out to needy children in rural villages. Our ministry began in a tiny one-room facility, and then Kids Alive realized that new construction would be necessary to keep up with the increasing number of students needing help. read more

There are now 280 children who participate in our academic, spiritual, and vocational programs. A full Christian education is offered through 8th grade, and children who attend public school come in the afternoon to receive a healthy lunch and educational enrichment. From academics and vocational training to spiritual guidance, our staff is committed to supporting each child as they plan for life after our school.

In addition to traditional academic and Bible education, the school continues to provide high school discipleship clubs, exposure to vocational training such as sewing and woodworking, and sports activities such as soccer and baseball in the afternoons or evenings.

But nothing is more important to us than sharing the good news of the Gospel with each student and making sure they know how much Jesus loves them.

This year we added 8th grade to our school and completed a four-classroom building and office expansion. Another victory was seeing several of our Palo Blanco youth enter the college scholarship program. We hope to soon add 9th grade, continue development of our high school discipleship and vocational training programs, and add a health specialist to our staff. Our school is making positive impacts as hope transforms lives.

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Hope Changes Everything at Palo Blanco School

In Dominican Republic, family issues of poverty, neglect, and systemic abuse are rampant, and we see many cases of kids from these circumstances. Stephany* came from a home where they were not only very poor, but her parents had a contentious relationship. Though her mother worked tirelessly for the family at home, Stephany’s adult half-brothers did nothing to help, draining the family resources and causing tension. Many painful incidents in her life caused her to need counseling, and just assuring her of a daily meal at school made a huge difference for her.

During her first weeks with us, Stephany’s default response to anything new was to say, “I can’t do that.” But as we soon realized, she was an excellent student, responsible, and eager to learn. Her grades were good, and she was a star student in Bible knowledge and memorization. Eventually she was part of our first graduating high school class, and she is now part of the Kids Alive university program despite all the adversity she has faced.

We were devastated when Stephany was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2016, requiring months of hospital care, surgeries, and trips to the capital for treatment. It has been humbling to see her attitude as she has dealt with all the obstacles in her life – she leans heavily on her faith in God and realizes that her experience is helping her as she now serves students at the Kids Alive school. Grateful for the hope she found, Stephany is pursuing a degree in psychology, so she can reach even more children.

*name changed to protect privacy

How Kids Alive Cares for the Children

Rescuing Children

  • Academic and vocational training
  • 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 Palo Blanco School

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 Palo Blanco 

There are now 280 children who participate in our academic, spiritual, and vocational programs. A full Christian education is offered through 8th grade, and children who attend public school come in the afternoon to receive a healthy lunch and educational enrichment. From academics and vocational training to spiritual guidance, our staff is committed to supporting each child as they plan for life after our school.