Since 2001, Palo Blanco School has been reaching out to needy children in a neighboring rural community. 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 »
In Dominican Republic, family issues of poverty, neglect, and systemic abuse are rampant, and we see many kids coming to us 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 except drain the family's resources and cause tensions. Many painful incidents in her life led her to a point where she needed counseling to be restored, and even the security that came with the assurance of a daily meal at the school made a huge difference for her.
During her first weeks with us, Stephany’s default response to anything new was, “I can’t do that.” But we soon realized she was a responsible and an eager learner who began to excel in her studies. Her grades were good, and she was a star student in Bible knowledge and memorization. Eventually, she was among our first graduating high school class. She is now part of the Kids Alive university program.
In 2016, we were devastated when Stephany was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle crash, requiring months of hospital care, surgeries, and trips to the capital for treatment. It has been humbling to see her positive attitude dealing with the obstacles in her life as she leaned on her faith in God. Now she brings this rich faith journey to help and serve other students at Palo Blanco. Currently, Stephany is pursuing a degree in psychology so she can reach and serve even more children.
*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.
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.