Cooperative Agreement between American University and FDR to Safeguard your Peace Corps Material

Friends of the Dominican Republic is very happy to make available to returned Volunteers from the Dominican Republic the opportunity to donate your Peace Corps materials to a special FDR section of the Peace Corps Community Archives (PPCA) at American University. This is an exciting opportunity to maintain the history of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic in a professional library where it will be available to family members and researchers alike.

Through a cooperation agreement between the American University Library Special Collections and Friends of the Dominican Republic signed in August, the University's library will accept and recognize donations of materials collected during your PC experience in the Dominican Republic for preservation in the FDR section. American University has been collecting RPCV materials from across the world and you can see many of the materials donated by individual RPCVs online through the AU Library's website. Through this partnership FDR wants to encourage RPCVs from the DR to donate to AU's collection.

FDR has a packet of materials that will explain to FDR's members, their families and other interested parties how the Peace Corps Community Archive was created, what types of materials the library will accept and how to make a donation using a Deed of Gift form included in the packet. The packet will answer most of your questions regarding what and how to donate to the FDR Section of the Peace Corps Community Archives.

If you have materials that you want to donate, please send an email to to receive the donation packet by return email.

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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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Challenge Funds Represent a Key Asset for PCVs

A recent onsite visit of Community Challenge Fund (CCF) projects by CCF Program Manager John Epler revealed that the grant funds are providing Peace Corps Volunteers with an extremely effective tool by giving them a resource for undertaking educational, health and community development activities in their communities. 

Eight projects were visited during the trip - Four improved stove projects, two library projects, a water project and a latrine project. In each case, the organizational work of the PCV during the project planning and development process created opportunities to make lasting impacts on health and/or education in the community, in addition to developing leadership skills and capacity for future projects/activities. The PCVs provided courses on health and nutrition to the communities with water, latrine and stove projects and worked with youth in developing the library project, while giving courses on sex education and alternatives to domestic violence/abuse.

When we sat down with the community leaders and the beneficiaries of the physical projects, it was apparent that they had not only developed the confidence and skills to undertake additional community development activities in the community but that they also had learned important health and coping skills. In several cases, the PCVs had trained local Health Promotores that will conduct additional workshops in the region. 

It was clear that donations made to support the Challenge Fund have resulted in, not just bricks and mortar activities improving community infrastructure, but provided individuals with opportunities to develop personal skills and knowledge lasting far beyond the construction of the projects.

To donate to the Community Challenge Fund, donate online or send a check to John Evans, FDR Treasurer at 4512 Park Road, Alexandria, VA 23312. 

BEFORE: Traditional but dangerous three-stone cooking stove

FRD supports projects in the DR

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

HOW COMMUNITY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE REQUESTED - The Community Challenge Fund (CCF) is designed to help poorer communities in the DR to 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. CCF provides funding for 10-15 projects a year with a maximum project grant of $4,000. A total of 90 projects have been funded as of 2015. Eligible projects must include a community contribution of at least 25 percent, often in the form of sweat equity and some construction materials. Active involvement by both Peace Corps Volunteers and community groups is required and a plan for sustaining the project must be demonstrated. After the community develops a project scope and budget with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), the PCV works with their APCD staff and Farah Canaán (Grants Committee Coordinator) to obtain the PC-DR Director’s approval of the grant application which is prepared using Peace Corps Partnership application forms. The application is then submitted to FDR’s CCF Program Committee for review and approval. Peace Corps Volunteers oversee disbursement of project funds. For more details, see Programs/Community Challenge Fund. If you have questions, you can contact the CCF's Manager, John Epler, 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.