Facts About Our Work in the Dominican Republic
Food For The Poor has been working since 2000 in the Dominican Republic, with partners such as Caritas, Dr. Félix Antonio Cruz Jiminián and his foundation, and the Asociación Dominicana de la Orden de Malta to distribute medicines and medical supplies throughout the country. Food For The Poor has nearly 100 projects in the Caribbean nation that focuses on aquaculture, education, community development, water and animal husbandry.
- More than 40 water projects have been established
- Food For The Poor has built 2,842 housing units in the Dominican Republic
- 407 children have shelter and are receiving an education
Key projects focus on different aspects of development
In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 70 tractor-trailer loads of aid to the Dominican Republic containing food, medicine, healthcare items and educational supplies.
Food For The Poor has built 2,842 housing units, including 40 built in 2017.
Food For The Poor began working with Caritas Archdiocese of Santiago to establish the Santiago Housing Project. Located in the northern part of the country, Santiago is the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, and due to its location and fertile land, it has a robust agricultural sector, which has made it a leading exporter of rum and cigars. But pockets of extreme poverty exist for many of the people in the rural communities. The new Santiago Housing Project will build 25 homes for families in dire need. The concrete-block homes will have a full bathroom inside, a small kitchen and a zinc roof.
In 2016, Food For The Poor established a chicken project for women. The program provides women, in groups of 10, the opportunity to raise layer hens and to use the eggs to bake cakes and pastries to sell in local markets.
In 2016, thanks to Food For The Poor donors, the Hato Del Yaque Health Center was built and provides free medical consultations and prescriptions for the elderly who cannot pay. The clinic charges a small fee for those who can pay for services in order to keep the center self-sustaining.
- Food For The Poor works with 14 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program in the Dominican Republic. Through the Angels Of Hope program, 407 children have shelter and are receiving an education. Most importantly, they are receiving loving care.
- Water is a critical need in the Dominican Republic, especially in the remote and border areas. More than 40 water projects have been established, with the goal of supplying clean water through wells, filtration, gravitational and other distribution systems.
- Food For The Poor also has initiated community development projects that include: construction of housing, clinics, agriculture, animal husbandry and women’s vocational training projects.