The Dominican Republic is a thriving economy, and it also has its share of poverty like other Latin American countries. You might have seen gorgeous resort locations or luxury private villas, because you are blessed with a better life. The other side is the not so nice homes and poor families struggling to make a simple living.
Charities are like Angels that give a helping hand to others, specially to those who lack basic support in their everyday lives. Giving is living, this list of charitable institutions need help via donations of personal hygiene items, shoes, food, educational material, toys, books and other items to be distributed in the poorest communities.
Browse their websites and send them an email about the list of needed items before you travel, sometimes it`s toothbrushes, soaps or shoes – very specific to their immediate needs. When possible, we help connect travelers with local transportation to these charities to make it easier to those volunteers and donors that bring love and care to the ones that need it most. At least once in life, experience the gift of giving.
The Dream Project is deeply rooted in the community, helping Cabarete children with early and primary education. They have a center that also offers artistic and cultural enrichment. This is one of the most respected charities in the area, very well organized.
Monkey Jungle is the top zip lining experience in DR, but also an important mission of volunteers that have built a dental and medical clinic to help those without access to these services. Donate to this great effort, visiting the park itself also helps. They also need volunteers to assist in the clinic.
Inspire DR is an educational effort for young boys to learn English and develop character and community values. This mentoring program teaches them sports, arts, exercise, discipline and a healthier lifestyle to bring them closer to a better future otherwise impossible in these poor communities.
3 Mariposas Montessori is an effort to bring education to poorer communities of the North Coast, where kids skip early childhood school due to economic reasons. Their programs are aimed at children, parents and teachers using the Montessori Education method.
Charlie`s Foundation is a Canadian non profit organization that teaches English language to local children, also using tennis classes as a motivator to inspire them in sports and foster challenges that bring character growth. It is located in the poorest community in the North, called La Cienaga.
JOURNEY INTO HOPE
Journey into Hope is a Christian organization that works towards improving health and living conditions of poor people in places like Sabaneta, on the North Coast. Their church helps the poorest locals and Haitians with food, housing and medications.
MUSTARD SEED DR
Hogar Immanuel is Mustard Seed`s center for disabled children in the Dominican Republic. These kids can`t go about their daily lives without assistance, provided by the staff at Hogar Immanuel. It is heart breaking to see the disabled kids in need, be sure to donate after calling them for a wish list.
The Mariposa Foundation is dedicated to helping young girls and women empower themselves through education, so they can become independent and successful in their future. The foundation also provides help with class materials, uniforms and individual tutoring.
DOGS AND CATS OF DR
Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic is a volunteer effort to help promote proper care and nutrition of pets, and avoid the numerous homeless pets being born on the streets of the DR, with their subsequent poor life and death in accidents or abandonment.
Providing opportunity has helped many families in Barrio Blanco, Cabarete; by building them homes and improving living conditions for the poorest families.
Videos are a great way to engage with a cause, before visiting the locations. There are many more videos of these charities in sites like YouTube and Vimeo, to mention a few. More updated information can be requested from the directors of these institutions and also via their website and social network accounts. This list was compiled from research and recommendations, be sure to keep track of their activities by contacting them directly and spreading help as possible.