Dominican Organizations

Development and cultural exchange programs

DREAM Project

Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project's mission is to run inclusive, sustainable education programs for children and youth in the Dominican Republic that can be replicated throughout impoverished global communities. They work around Cabarete and also run a volunteer program. 

Mariposa DR Foundation
The Mariposa DR Foundation was founded in 2009. Its mission is inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, Promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing the child mortality rate, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development. 

Outreach 360 
Outreach 360's mission is to be a world class provider of international service-learning opportunities, providing a consistent and predict-able volunteer experience, surprising and delighting our volunteers with a powerful cultural experience and the ability to make a significant difference, resulting in a 100% enthusiasm rating - volunteers want to join us again and/or are willing to encourage their friends and family to join us. The cultural interchange (intercambio) is a significant outcome of our efforts. Their current efforts are in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Sister Island Project 
This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting respectful international friendship and cultural, educational, and technical exchange between people of the United States and people of the Dominican Republic. In addition, it promotes awareness of issues that challenge developing countries and collaborates with Dominicans on mutually beneficial humanitarian projects. 
Sister Island Project works with PCVs and uses RPCVs as consultants for projects in the Yabacao region of the DR, where Co-Director Victoria Santos was born.

Una Vida
The mission of Una Vida is to empower impoverished families of rural Dominican Republic and Haiti while strengthening and affirming our own humanity, our need for empathy and our devotion to serving others. Una Vida founder, and RPCV, Lynne Moquete teaches school and uses the summer break to take Americans to the Dominican Republic to work on projects.  An income generating project of a group of mothers near the Dominican-Haitian boarder is Madres Jewelry

Other organizations in the Dominican Republic

Asociación de Artesanos de Higuerito (ASOARTEH), an association of artisans in Higuerito. 

Acción Callejera
Acción Callejera empowers children and adolescents in Santiago who live in vulnerable and high risk situations while advocating their Human Rights. They strive to understand the difficult backgrounds that many children and adolescents come from in order to provide quality services and wide ranging support programs that positively impact their lives.Peace Corps volunteers have worked with this organization throughout the years.

Carol Morgan School
International college prep school in Santo Domingo.

Centro Regional de Estudios de Alternativas Rurales (CREAR)
CREAR is a school of organic agriculture and ecology for young adults living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. Students come from the rural countryside of the Dominican-Haitian border region, an area in which 84% of the population lives below poverty level, and only 2% attend an institution of higher education. CREAR is the first organic school in the Dominican Republic and also the first agriculture school to enroll women. In addition to learning sustainable farming practices (such as alternatives to slash-and-burn and over-use of pesticides), students who graduate from the school receive both a high school diploma and a nationally-recognized technical degree.

Dominican Foundation
The Dominican Foundation has sought to improve the lives of Dominicans in the United States and in the Dominican Republic by expanding their access to Health and Education. With the help of a group of Dominicans and Americans, the Dominican Foundation has supported numerous organizations. A particular relationship has forged with the Dominican Institute for Integral Development (IDDI). IDDI is one of the primary development organizations in the Dominican Republic with over 25 years of experience of working with the urban and rural poor in the Dominican Republic. Dominican Foundation and IDDI run a volunteer abroad program. 

Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI) 
IDDI is a non-profit organization that contributes to poverty relief in both rural and urban areas.  It is staffed by men and women who work with communities and local organizations interested in taking responsibility to improve their living conditions and that of their neighbors. IDDI is one of the primary Dominican Foundation 

Mamatma Gandhi Foundation
A former PC DC staff person living in Las Terrenas experienced the extreme disparity of income and education and started a little project which has grown into an ambitious small community organization working in reading, music & art, library, professional workshops, health, and more.

World Connect 
World Connect improves the lives of women and children in the developing world by empowering local leaders to drive change in their communities, impacting health, education, economic opportunity and the environment. In the process, we inspire young Americans to think and act globally and philanthropically by engaging them in our partnerships and our projects. This program began in the Dominican Republic and now has expended to countries in Latin America and Africa. They accept grant proposals ($250 - $5000) from Peace Corps volunteers. 

Photos by Howard Rowe.