Children in Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti. It is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean, and plagued by huge ethnic inequalities. Over a third of people live in poverty and many children under five die from malnutrition, gastrointestinal disease and pneumonia. Education is free but many children are forced to work instead.
Our Children's Villages in Dominican Republic
Los Jardines del Norte
We began our work in the Dominican Republic in the 1980s when the first SOS Children's Village was built in Santo Domingo in the suburb of Los Jardines del Norte. The Village has 15 family houses and an SOS Nursery which is also open to children from families in the neighbourhood.
We opened our second community in the Dominican Republic in 1984, also in Santo Domingo, in the densely populated district of Los Mina, close to a large slum area. The Village has seventeen family houses and an SOS Nursery. Because of the lack of state schools in Los Mina, a secondary School was built in 1988. An SOS Medical Centre provides medical, particularly maternity, and dental care for over 20,000 patients a year.
In their teens, SOS children often move into youth houses where they take their first guided steps towards independence, with the security of the family support. In Santo Domingo there are four SOS Youth Homes.
Santiago de los Cabelleros
The third SOS Children’s Village opened in Santiago de los Caballeros. The Village has 15 family houses which are home for 145 orphaned and abandoned children. There is also an SOS Nursery School for 70 children and an SOS Primary and Secondary School for 370 children. Like all SOS Schools these are for the children of the local community as well as children from the SOS Children’s Village.