Batey 106: Portraits from a Dominican Sugar Cane Plantation
In this globalized world of consumption we live in, rarely do we stop to think about where our goods actually come from, who cultivated them or what life is like for the people at the beginning of the production chain. Nina Simone documents the beginning of the food chain in Batey 106. 
4 Million People Die a Year from Indoor Cooking Smoke
According to the World Health Organization, 4 million people die a year from indoor cooking smoke. In this article,  a professor at the University of California Berkeley states that having an indoor cooking fire is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour. Read the WHO briefing.  
What I wished Americans knew about the Dominican Republic
During Peace Corps Week 2014, two-minute or less videos were submitted in a contest to answer this questions: "What do you wish Americans knew about your Peace Corps country?" This video was submitted by Ryan Browning.


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Haitian Documentation
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Former DR Medical Officer makes donation
Former Peace Corps Medical Officer (1963-65) in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Robert J. Bielen, donated his collection of personal papers and memorabilia regarding the Dominican Crisis of 1965 and Peace Corps activities to the Robert B. Russel Library housed at the University of Georgia. 
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RPCV leads trip to DR

Our own Janice Jorgenson led NPCA's trip to the Dominican Republic. Read about their experience.  
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FDR's Community Challenge Fund conserves forests


Two Community Challenge Fund grants to the rural communities of Tres Ceibos and Higuerito have already begun to pay dividends to the communities and the 93 benefitting families. The grants paid for materials for the construction of improved efficiency cooking stoves, significantly reducing pressures on deforestation in the two communities. The stoves were constructed on site for a grant cost of just $64 each, and have not only greatly increased the energy efficiency of cooking for Dominican families by significantly reducing the amount of wood needed for cooking, but they are vented to the outside removing unhealthy smoke generated by the previously open fires. Additionally, they cost much less than the alternative propane stoves, and cook more quickly and evenly than the old open clay stoves.

Quotes from benefitting families tell the stor
y: "I am so very grateful for the savings in gas because of the stove;" "I don't have to pay as much for the wood for cooking;" and "the flavor of the habichuelas (beans) is much better since I started using my new stove!

The Community Challenge Fund has helped its 20,000th Dominican

With the approval last month of a $1,800 grant to the community of Punta Larga for a new aqueduct project, the Community Challenge Fund met a new milestone - Meeting the needs of over 20,000 Dominicans. Congratulations to all those who have contributed over the years AND to those we know will continue to support these grants through their donations!

FRD supports projects in the DR

Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR), is a non-profit group made up of former Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic over the past 52 years. It provides small grants designed to support projects and programs involving Peace Corps Volunteers and the people they work with. It does this through two funds supported with donations from its membership and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other.

The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities build basic infrastructure projects, including but not limited to such projects as water systems, water filters, electrification, cement floors, improved wood stoves, latrines, schools, and libraries. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Applications are prepared by individual Volunteers who oversee disbursement of funds. The maximum grant from CCF is $3,000, typically to purchase materials. The CCF typically provides funding for 12-15 projects a year. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated. If you are interested: Talk to your APCD and get their approval first. Then work with Farah Canaán to get your application started. Applications are prepared using the Peace Corps Partnership forms and must be approved by the Country Director. For more details, look under Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can email the CCF's director, John Epler, at johnepler AT

The Program Support Fund (PSF) is an intentionally flexible fund designed for initiatives, programs and projects not covered by CCF, such as youth training, teacher training, library projects and public health education initiatives. Recent grants have supported Declaro Mis Derechos training courses and the national Brigada Verde Conference. Its broad goal is to make small but strategic grants to strengthen current PC/DR programs, including filling funding shortfalls that may be causing unnecessary delays. Where appropriate, a traditional community contribution may not be not required. Most grants are for $1,500 or less, although larger grants may be considered. Applications may be made by individual Volunteers or groups of Volunteers. If you are interested: Talk to your APCD and get their approval first. Then work with Farah Canaán to get your application started. In most cases, proposed projects will have to go through the Peace Corps Small Grants process. In all cases, approval by the Country Director will be required. For more details, look under Programs/Program Support Fund. If you want to explore a grant under the PSF, you should email the chair of FDR's Dominican Committee, Guy Baehr, at DRCommittee AT

Make a gift

Please consider aiding development projects in the Dominican Republic.

​For other ways to contribute, see our Make a Gift page.

FDR is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Your donation is tax deductible.



Living in the DR?

If you are living in the DR, we would like to invite you to become involved with FDR through the Dominican Republic Committee. This committee acts as a liaison between FDR and Peace Corps DR and provides management and oversight to the Program Support Fund. If interested in committee work or are just interested in connecting with FDR in the DR, contact Guy Baehr at DRCommittee AT

Peace Corps Invitee

​Have you been invited to serve in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer? If you would like to be matched with a mentor to gain insight into the adventure that awaits you, FDR can help.

Declaro mis Derechos

Declaro Mis Derechos (I Declare My Rights) is a network of Peace Corps volunteers and community counterparts working together to register undocumented individuals born in the Dominican Republic, so that all residents of Hispaniola can exercise their right to a name, a nationality, an education, and a brighter future.

FDR is proud to have supported their training in Banica through its Program Support Fund. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about this important work. And thank you for supporting Friends of the Dominican Republic. Your donations are put to good use.