Posted by: Anni Orekh | December 28, 2009

Helping school children in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic:

The big picture:
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola—one of Columbus’s first discoveries in 1492—with Haiti. It is situated with the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north. The Dominican Republic is located in the hurricane belt, and is frequently hit by major storms.

Historically, the Dominican economy has been driven by the production of sugar, coffee and tobacco. These cash crops are still very important, but recently tourism has become a major component of the economy. The difference between rich and poor remains a significant problem, as the poor half of the population receives only 10 percent of the total income.

What is Bella Hispaniola doing?
Because families, particularly in rural areas, often can’t afford to send their children to school, education is one of Hineni Media through bella hispaniola’s main concerns in the Dominican Republic. We improve children’s access to primary schooling and to learning opportunities by helping to build schools and supply books, research materials and uniforms. We also focus on child health issues such as immunization, malnutrition, diarrhea control and treatment and de-worming.

Issues Hispaniola possibilities works on in Dominican Republic:

Child rights, child protection, child participation, education, and health.
Our partners continues to lobby local authorities for their support for early education centres and the protection of child rights which may be addressed in a regional 10 year plan for young children in an initial planning stage pending the outcomes of the next national elections.

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