After devastating Puerto Rico with flooding rain, Hurricane Fiona ripped through the Dominican Republic, where more than a million people were left without running water and dozens of homes were destroyed.
Save the Children is monitoring the hurricane closely and ready to support the government and local organizations.
Help Save Children in Dominican Republic
Save the Children’s work in Dominican Republic is aimed at improving education, access to school supplies and recreational facilities. But before children can learn, they must be healthy and thriving. Dominican children lack access to healthcare, proper nutrition and general hygiene.
The Challenge for Children in Dominican Republic
With limited access to education, nutrition and healthcare, Dominican children need your help.*
- 92% of girls 15 and older are literate
- 15% of school-age children are out of school
- 31 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
- 13% of children are engage in child labor
- 31% of people live in poverty
Our Work for Children in Dominican Republic
Because water is a basic staple, Save the Children’s health teams have been providing potable water and promoting health and hygiene – in addition to crop planting and cultivation, and animal breeding. Plus, we have worked to introduce school, home and community-based fruit and vegetable gardens, helping to educate families on growing their own food, to achieve better nutrition.
Save the Children’s protection workers have been helping the vulnerable Batey Communities for nearly a decade. The project’s goal was to improve the living conditions of “the Bateys” former sugar cane work camps, which are home to Haitian migrant workers, Dominicans and their families.
The project focused on health, education services, and income-generating activities. Improvements included refurbishing schools, enhancing teachers’ knowledge, revamping sanitary infrastructure, and other projects dedicated to raising living standards and promoting sustainable development.
- Protected 1,665 children from harm
- Supported 3,765 children in times of crisis
- Provided 27,318 children with a healthy start in life
How to Help Children in Dominican Republic
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Dominican Republic, and around the world, survive and thrive.
Sponsor a Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.
Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
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