There are currently Careforce International projects operating in the Dominican Republic. The Lighthouse School is located in a community just outside the capital city of Santo Domingo on the southern coast of the island. The Child Nutrition Program is located southwest of the city of San Juan, near the border of Haiti.
The Lighthouse School
Los Alcarrizos, Domincan Republic
The community of Los Alcarrizos has a growing population of more than 250,000 people, most of whom live in slums with little infrastructure and few schools. Thousands of children receive no education because of limited space in the few public schools that do exist. To address this, Careforce International has partnered with Juventud para Cristo (YFC) in the development and expansion of the Lighthouse School, constructing a primary and secondary school and a training Centre.
Today the school has over 1000 students in pre-school to grade 12 receiving a Christian education. In addition, the vocational training centre currently teaches valuable skills to nearly 200 hundred students in such areas as English, business management, computers, and other technical fields. To date, more than 3000 people have benefited from this initiative.
The Child Nutrition Program
El Cercado, Dominican Republic
One of the many devastating outcomes of poverty is malnutrition. The Child Nutrition Program, started and operated from 1993-1995 and then restarted again in 2004 by Cora Hunse, a nurse practitioner, is an outpatient program that provides for malnourished children in the area of El Cercado near the border of Haiti. The program provides these children with whole milk, vitamins, treatment for illnesses and parasites, as well as instruction for families in hygiene and proper nutrition.
Teams of medical personnel have the opportunity to go into the communities where children in the program are served to provide primary health care not only to the children but also to their families.