Dominican Republic

Park School and Care Centre, Caraballo

Our Park School and Care Centre are located in an impoverished community populated with Dominicans and Haitians. They serve as an oasis for over 200 of the region’s neediest and most vulnerable children and youth.

Our school offers a basic education for children up to age 11 and our Care Centre focuses on a secondary school discipleship programme, to keep us connected with our former students. For most of our students, a quality education wouldn’t be possible without the ministry of Kids Alive in their community.

We have recently received formal government recognition to operate as a school after going through a thorough approval process. We are especially strong in our programme that encourages life-long readers; and we are progressing well in our trauma informed care programme, which helps children who have suffered neglect and/or abuse (or other types of trauma) progress despite their past.

Additional classroom space has allowed us to develop our work by adding years 7-9 to our curriculum, as well as expanding our vocational training programme for our older students and graduates.

God’s love truly overflows in our community here as we continue our mission to care for these kids holistically, planting seeds in faith for the future. As He works through us, lives are being changed and families strengthened.

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Park School and Care Centre, Caraballo: A story of hope

Meet Daria*

Daria* was born with very poor eyesight and is now legally blind. Life is hard enough for an average child in this impoverished community, and disability only makes it harder. Attending the Park School is such a blessing for her, as she has been embraced and accepted. She benefits in many ways from the holistic care and has formed great relationships with her classmates and her teachers.

Intelligent, extroverted, and affectionate, Daria doesn’t let her struggles hold her back, and she is already learning to use a Braille machine we recently obtained. She says she wants to go to university one day and study to become an elementary teacher. We’re confident that she will reach her goals and make a difference in her family and community, serving as an example to kids who start out with so many disadvantages and need someone to walk the long road to independence with them.

* name changed to protect privacy

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