Our school originally began as a care center program in 2005 and has continued to expand facilities and services over the years. Located on the north coast of Dominican Republic, it was a response to the great need to serve both local and Haitian children from impoverished communities. The staff focused on basic education skills and Bible knowledge, and in 2017 we completed our accreditation to a fulltime school. read more »
Ricky* was one of the first children to come to our care center in Caraballo in the fall of 2005. Only five years old at the time, he lived with his widowed mother and several siblings, and had no memory of his father who had died years before. He quickly became attached to our director and progressed fairly well until middle school. At that point Ricky began to rebel, acting disrespectfully, behaving poorly at school, and even drinking alcohol when he could find it. Eventually, his behavior was bad enough to warrant a two-week suspension from our school.
The suspension was a shock to him, as was realizing that our director had seen him in town drinking, and instead of confronting him, simply shed tears and prayed for him. Miraculously, Ricky’s heart began to soften, and he has made many positive changes in the past year. His attitude has dramatically changed, and he began to work for us in maintenance while attending high school classes at night. He is currently providing the only income that supports his family and he is attending church regularly. A responsible, hard-working young man, Ricky now seems to have a bright future ahead of him because he was offered hope by people who deeply cared about him.
*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.
We serve 175 students through 6th grade, and in addition to quality academics, students participate in discipleship and mentoring programs. Our kids receive a nourishing lunch at school, and because so many of them live in extreme poverty, this may be the only meal they will eat that day. As our older students complete their basic education, we provide needed vocational training that will give young adults tools to provide for themselves and become responsible, productive members of the community.