Facts About Our Work in the Dominican Republic
Food For The Poor has completed more than 90 projects in the Dominican Republic. Projects currently underway include aquaculture, education, community development, water and animal husbandry.
- More than 44 water projects have been constructed
- Food For The Poor has built 2,850 housing units in the Dominican Republic
- More than 429 children receive shelter and an education
Key projects focus on different aspects of development
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 more than 90 projects in the Caribbean nation that focuses on aquaculture, education, community development, water and animal husbandry.
As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has shipped 41 tractor-trailer loads of aid to the Dominican Republic. Shipments to the Dominican Republic provide food, medicine, healthcare items and educational supplies.
- Food For The Poor worked with Caritas Archdiocese of Santiago to establish the Santiago Housing Project. The community of 25 concrete-block homes with inside bathrooms and zinc roofs has been completed. Located in the northern part of the country, Santiago is the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, but there are areas of extreme poverty in the rural communities.
- Food For The Poor has built 2,850 housing units in the Dominican Republic.
- Food For The Poor works with 14 orphanages as part of the Angels Of Hope program, caring for 429 children.
- A total of 44 water projects have been established, supplying clean water through wells, water filtration and other distribution systems in remote areas of the country.
- Food For The Poor has initiated community development projects that include: construction of housing, rural schools and clinics, construction of community centers, self-sustaining agriculture and animal husbandry projects, and women’s vocational training projects.
- Several projects are producing chickens, goats, pigs and soy milk. These protein-rich foods are important in areas where malnutrition is a common threat.
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 y Aque Health Center was expanded and provides free medical consultations and prescriptions for the elderly. The clinic charges a small fee for those who can pay for services in order to keep the center self-sustaining.