Park Care Centre is located in a community populated with Dominicans and Haitians. Kids Alive Dominican Republic began here in 2005 with 65 children and now has more than 180 students attending daily. This programme is continually expanding, with a focus on teaching basic education skills such as reading, maths and biblical understanding. Additionally, each student receives a hot lunch, which is often their primary meal for the day. We hope to expand this ministry to care for several hundred more children in the years to come, with additional vocational programmes such as sewing, mechanics and computers.
The Palo Blanco Care Centre offers newly constructed facilities with an ever-growing children’s programme. The young children attend a pre-school class held at the Care Centre on weekday mornings to prepare them for Kindergarten. In the afternoons, children from the public school come to the Centre for a healthy lunch and opportunities for educational enrichment in reading, writing, Bible class, English, crafts and tutoring.
Eva Russell was a Canadian missionary who inspired Ramon and Juana Prenza, citizens of the Dominican Republic, to start a programme for the children in Monte Plata. In 1984, the Prenzas opened a school in a rented house for about 20 children. The Eva Russell School has since expanded by purchasing neighbouring properties and creating additional classrooms, computer rooms and a clinic for more than 170 students.
After starting the Eva Russell school, Ramon and Juana Prenza encountered children who were abandoned, orphaned, or abused. What started as a small outreach has grown in the last few years, with four children’s homes to provide shelter and care for approximately 25 children. An additional home is under construction to allow this ministry to provide care for 40 children. Christian staff meet the emotional, physical, educational, and spiritual needs of each child and a high priority is placed on helping the child create a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Constanza Care Centre started as a school in a small, rented building. In 2004 land was purchased in Constanza by Kids Alive DR to allow for the expansion of this ministry. The Care Centre currently consists of morning and afternoon tutoring programmes to more than 60 children, and future expansion plans for this programme will allow it to grow to reach more than 300 children in this needy community.
This Children’s Home shares the same property as the Constanza Care Centre, providing residential care to more than 25 children in three homes. This programme will grow to care for 40 children once the fourth home is completed.
The Ark was founded in 1987 and has been an ever-growing ministry. Currently, there are eight Children’s Homes which house ten children each. The campus consists of houses, a chapel, an office, and outdoor recreation spaces. The Ark nurtures a relationship between the child and their house parents, and focuses on raising active disciples of Jesus Christ.
The mission for ANIJA is spelled out in its Spanish acronym, “Helping the Children of Jarabacoa.” Beginning over 20 years ago as a care centre, ANIJA has grown to include a school, care centre, staff housing and offices. Currently, over 200 children from pre-Kindergarten through to eighth grade follow a standard Dominican curriculum as well as English, computers and art. The ANIJA Centre After-School Programme provides lunch, homework assistance, and other activities such as crafts, sports, and Bible lessons.
The Harmony Home is a stand-alone ministry serving five children. Harmony Home provides a loving, Christian home to children who have lost at least one parent and are in need of care. The children attend the Kids Alive ANIJA school, where they receive a Christian education. Harmony House works to raise the children to the point where they can become self-supporting young adults.