Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Children

About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has one of the lowest investment in education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Without sufficient funds being invested in school supplies and infrastructure, Dominican children lack the resources needed for a proper education. Along with problems in education, children suffer significant and chronic health and nutrition problems. Areas of particular concern are access to care, maternal child care including nutrition, general hygiene, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV and AIDS.

Facts About
Dominican Republic

More than 10 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 13

20 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $6 a day

Our Work

Save the Children ensures that families achieve better nutrition through various activities aimed at improving food production. In recent years we have worked extensively in the implementation of school, home and community gardens for the production of fruits and vegetables. Water is a basic component of development and its impact on children is significant and long term. Through the provision of potable water, Save the Children promotes health and hygiene, and encourages crop planting, cultivation and animal breeding. Save the Children strives to improve access to, the quality of, and community awareness of the importance of education, as well as promoting child protection and strengthening community participation in basic quality education. We also work on improving the conditions of safe learning environments that also provide students with necessary school supplies and recreational facilities.

Save the Children is implementing the Batey Community Development Project which is an integrated development project with the goal of improving the lives of public Batey residents through community based activities in health and nutrition, education, infrastructure improvement and emergency preparedness. Health and nutrition strategies will improve access to high quality community-based health services in child health and nutrition; reproductive health knowledge; access to clean water and adequate sanitation infrastructure; knowledge of HIV/AIDS and STIs; and hygiene.

Sponsor A Child

Since 1977, Save the Children Dominican Republic has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in the Dominican Republic continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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