Santo Domingo East

Santo Domingo | Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo East, also known locally as "Jesus in the Children School," was originally opened as a care center by a Kids Alive missionary who pioneered a work to reach out to the needy children that flocked to her every day.

In August of 2017, we successfully converted our center into an accredited school, allowing us to offer a quality education to about 120 students. In addition to educational opportunities, we also provide nutritious meals and medical care, and we’ve recently completed a shaded playground area, added English classes, and started a girls’ soccer club.  read more »

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Hope Changes Everything at Santo Domingo East

For many Dominican children, a future of hope seems like a dream. Whether stuck in poverty, enduring abuse, or abandoned, the number of kids who need help is staggering. Erika* has a story that sounds very familiar in this country: life at home with her mother, stepfather, and three brothers isn’t an easy one. Her mother is known to be violent at times, and Erika has often been afraid to go home. When she first came to our school, she was withdrawn and anxious, not wanting to participate in activities.

Yet Erika’s story doesn’t end in hopelessness! We are overjoyed to begin seeing a change in Erika. Now in 3rd grade, she started in our AWANA program, showing great dedication to memorizing Scripture. And she even decided to join the girls’ soccer team, where she has emerged as a very skilled player. As she comes out of her emotional cocoon, we are excited about her progress and future, mainly because she committed her life to Jesus, the true source of her hope. Your faithful giving is helping precious children like Erika, bringing hope into the darkness.

*name changed to protect privacy

How Kids Alive Cares for the Children

Rescuing Children

  • Caring for orphans and children in family-style settings
  • 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 Santo Domingo East

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 Santo Domingo East

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