More than a third of the Dominican Republic lives on less than $1.25 a day and over 20% of the country lives in extreme poverty. Most of the poverty in the Dominican Republic is concentrated in the rural areas. The rural poverty rate is about three times as high as the urban poverty rate.
Though the economy has been growing since 1996, economic inequality remains a major problem. Since the government does not provide more than 4% of GDP spending on education, only 30% of children finish primary school. In a system where education is the road to the middle class, creating economic barriers to education perpetuates a system of institutional inequality.
Half of the country does not have access to clean water, and over half of the country does not have sanitary toilets. Healthcare is expensive and hard to find in rural areas.
The most efficient way to alleviate poverty in the Dominican Republic is through education. The more students learn, the more their horizons are expanded. Giving students the opportunity to develop practical skills becomes a first step in combating poverty.
As rural students learn the skills necessary to sustain and improve their agricultural backbone along with other important business and school-related subjects, they are being given the power to break poverty’s oppressive chains. By affording students’ practical skills, we believe they become the first step in combating poverty.
Bridges of Hope is building partnerships with like minded organizations in Santo Domingo who have a desire to see positive changes in the culture. Together we are developing new strategies to bring hope, inspiration, and motivation to the next generation.
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Dominican Republic Impact Trip 2016
Bridges of Hope International just returned from Dominican Republic and what an impact that was made on those we served and also an impact on the team. Throughout the week they installed stoves, water filtration systems, constructed chicken coops, and so much more. Click on one of the images and browse through the gallery to see what the team did throughout the week. We would love for you to be a part of an Impact Team next year!
This August, Bridges of Hope International flew the coop and traveled to the Dominican Republic to build chicken coops in partnership with Food For the Hungry. The chicken coops can make a huge impact on a community as they provide the families sustainability when it comes to nutrition and also income.
If you were living on $2 a day, what would you do to improve your life? That's a real question for the nearly 1 billion people living in extreme poverty today. There's no single right answer, of course, and poverty looks different in different places. It's pretty clear to us that just about anyone who is living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.
Fast Facts On the Dominican Republic...
Take me out to the ball game...
Over 800,000 children play organized baseball in the Dominican Republic!
The DR is credited with creating and developing the Merengue style of music, which is fast-paced, rhythmic dance music.
The DR is the oldest country of the Americas and it was discovered by Christopher Columbus on his first trip in 1492.
- POPULATION THAT LIVES IN EXTREME POVERTY 20%
- POPULATION WITHOUT ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER 45%
- PERCENT OF CHILDREN THAT FINISH PRIMARY SCHOOL 30%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
It takes vision to build a bridge where there is none! Bridge building is exciting! It takes lots of time, funding and most importantly people with all kinds of gifts, talents, and commitment to the project. There is a role for you in our new bridge building project in the Dominican Republic! Where do you fit?