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Nearly half of youth under the age of 18 live in poverty in the Dominican Republic, according to UNICEF. While the poverty rate fell from 32 percent in 2015 to 30 percent in 2016 according to official estimates, the country’s poor still struggle to get enough food to eat and to access safe drinking water and adequate housing. Only 30 percent of youth finish primary school and only 18 percent finish secondary school on time. Schools are in poor shape with nearly half having no access to safe drinking water and more than 60 percent lacking adequate bathroom facilities.

Many students do not have the supplies necessary to complete their studies and teachers lack access to ongoing teacher education. As a result, many youth lack the education and training to compete in the job market. To meet this need, Salesian programs in the Dominican Republic focus on education and vocational training to help youth learn the skills and trades necessary to find stable employment.

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Rescue children facing adversity

The Salesians of Madrid and the Real Madrid Foundation, in collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Salesian Province of the Antilles, celebrated the opening of their first two socio-sporting schools in the Dominican Republic.

The two new schools — the Don Bosco Educational Plaza in Hainamosa and the Dominic Savio School House in Santo Domingo — use soccer as a tool for social integration, improving the quality of life for boys and girls who are at risk of social exclusion. Alongside the sports, schools provide various support services to children and their families, such as tutoring, classroom space for homework, vocational training, health care, nutrition education, and cultural and recreational activities.

Empower girls & women through education

In the Dominican Republic, the Madres Project addresses the root causes of homelessness among women and children, while teaching mothers the skills to find decent work and improve their living conditions. Participants can take courses in health care and human rights, while working toward basic literacy.

Provide youth centers & safe activities

Salesian missionaries in the country offer a variety of educational and social development programs for youth, many with an emphasis on recreation and sports activities. The goal is to provide the opportunities necessary to gain an education and break the cycle of poverty as well as deter young people from life on the streets and the lure of gangs.

Through a partnership with the Salesians of Madrid and the Real Madrid Foundation, in collaboration with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Salesian Province of the Antilles, Salesian students in Santo Domingo have access to a socio-sporting school. Dominic Savio School House in Santo Domingo uses soccer as a tool for social integration, improving the quality of life for boys and girls who are at risk of social exclusion. Alongside the sports, the school provides various support services to children and their families such as tutoring, classroom space for homework, vocational training, health care, nutrition education, and cultural and recreational activities.

The collaboration between Salesian missionaries and the Real Madrid Foundation has been very successful granting more than 2,000 youth and vulnerable children the opportunity to participate in similar programs around the globe.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

Eight Salesian-run health clinics, located in Santo Domingo, Jarrabacoa, Hainamosa, La Vega, and Santiago, received medical aid in 2016 and 2017 thanks to an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international relief organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. In addition to providing countries around the globe with nutritious meals, Rise Against Hunger also leverages partnerships to provide other types of aid including medical supplies, soap, clothing and school supplies.

The donation consisted of assorted medicine like NSAIDs, antibiotics, GI medication and high blood pressure medication. Another shipment included additional medication, along with diagnostic and surgical supplies. It also included hygiene products, baby wash, toothbrushes and crutches. The Dominican Republic was one of six countries to receive medical aid from Rise Against Hunger last year. Through its long-term partnership with Salesian Missions, Rise Against Hunger was able to provide health clinics with medications, lab equipment, orthodontist and dentist equipment, and other supplies including those for nursing mothers.

Improve health services

Mothers of young children use Salesian health clinics for routine exams as well as illness. Cheroly takes her daughter Andreli, age 4 months, for her regular vaccines and consultations with the pediatrician at San Pedro Apostal Dispensary. The nursing staff also showed her how to breastfeed, and she receives free medicine. The health clinics also care for adults in the community. Magaly, age 73, has visited the San Pedro Apostal Dispensary over the last three to four months for treatment for high blood pressure. Before, she could not afford the medicine she needed, but at the Salesian medical clinic she receives medicine and high-quality care free of charge.

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