TMP Partner: Kids with a Hope
Current TMP Status: Active Ministry Location
Partnership began: 2010
Partner ministry info: Niños con una Esperanza (Kids with a Hope) strives to rescue children from the RaFey dump and surrounding community, provide them with after-school tutoring, a nutritious meal and snack each day, as well as spiritual guidance. Directors Pablo Ureña and Elisabet Ramirez and their family along with the program staff give their all to serve these children and their families. Due to the hope that the children are finding in the program, they now have dreams of being teachers, doctors, engineers, etc. when just a few years ago they saw themselves following the same paths as their parents – at best working a job that is a byproduct of the dump, or at worst – working on the dump itself.
Work completed: Since we began our partnership with KWAH, we have expanded classroom space, developed a full nutrition program where over 300 children are fed daily, shut down a sweat shop, built a technical school, planted a church, built multiple homes and more.
Work in progress: The technical school is gradually increasing the classes offered. English classes are currently in session and have been well received.
Work Pending/Work yet to begin: Elderly care facility, Aquaponics
Country, City, Community: Dominican Republic: Santiago: Cien Fuegos: La Mosca
City info:Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, is located in the north-central Cibao valley. It is the commercial and cultural center of the region and has many free-trade-zone factories that provide employment along with telecommunications, tourism and agriculture. As with many growing cities in third-world countries, it faces numerous problems with irregular electricity service and insufficient potable water.
Country info:The Dominican Republic covers the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti, and is about the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined. The capital and largest city is Santo Domingo. Spanish is the official language. Due to the diverse climate and geography on the small island, there are regions where most anything can grow. The majority of the workforce is employed in the service industry, and many Dominicans have migrated to the cities. Despite decades of unrest and rule by Spain, France and Haiti, the Dominican Republic became a state in 1844. After years of turmoil under dictators, the country now holds democratic elections.
Watch our short dental documentary that was shot at Kids With a Hope in Santiago.