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Santo Domingo | Dominican Republic

Community Development

Community Development - Dominican Republic
In progress
Project Status
In progress

Together with our international partner, Carlos Pimentel, HFL comes alongside local leaders in rural communities in the Dominican Republic. We mainly work in the community New Jerusalem and the batey villages Vasca and Paraiso.

New Jerusalem is a community close to the outside of Santo Domingo. Carlos works together with the local community leader and pastor, Eddyson Duclair, and his wife, Nancy. Their dream is to develop the community and serve the people that comprise it. There is currently a preschool with 81 children and the same school is used as a Haitian and Dominican Church.

Batey Vasca and Batey Paraiso are close to the town Consuelo. Both communities are part of the same sugar cane field where one company owns the factory. Carlos Pimentel is motivated to support the local leader and pastor, David, and his wife Ana, and together work on developing the communities. There are numerous opportunities to focus on in the batey villages and New Jerusalem.

Carlos and the three organizations that he works for, provide all kinds of development programs in the communities where the need is multi-dimensional, and the problems are complex. Hungry For Life is looking forward to supporting the projects our partner is carrying out.

Latest update

New Buildings Build Community

The new office building in New Jerusalem is under construction, and the fence around the school is finished! Thanks to the work of previous teams that helped with some construction work, the school can now get its license.

What does that mean? One result is that 81 students can have a Christian education in their preschool. Another is that, with funding from the government, the teachers can be paid.

As they look to the future, the school hopes to grow with more grades and more students to fill them.

In batey Vasca, Hurricane Fiona destroyed the community center in 2022. Now the church there wants to support the community by giving them that building back.

The construction of the community center is going well, thanks to the help of the Timothy Christian Community Group that worked there in December, 2022. Now the community itself is finishing the building so that they can gather together; it will be a place where people can meet each other, mourning with those who mourn (funerals), and laughing with those who laugh (weddings and parties). 

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