FRIENDS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
“We connect our Peace corps community to promote appreciation of and service to the people of the Dominican Republic”
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. Through two of our primary programs we provide small grants to support projects and programs involving current Peace Corps Volunteers and the Dominican people with whom they work. We do this through two FDR program funds- the Community Challenge Fund and the Program Support Fund- supported with donations from our members and others. Each fund has a different emphasis and they are designed to complement each other. A description of each program can be found under the “Programs” drop down tab above.
Global Reentry for Peace Corps Volunteers
If you are a Peace Corps Volunteer that returned to the United States because of termination of Peace Corps operations world-wide, here is where you can go to find information and help from the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and organizations of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) around the US, that will be willing to help you get re-settled, look for work or find other assistance:
If you are returning from the Dominican Republic, you can contact Friends of the Dominican Republic for help at:
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Subject: Friends of the DR Virtual Event: FDR’s COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Efforts
Dear Friends of the DR Member,
We invite you to join us on September 16th at 8pm EDT for a virtual panel with our NGO partners in the DR to learn about FDR’s COVID-19 humanitarian response efforts in the DR. You can register for the event, or request access to the recording, here.
Panelists from four of our NGO partners will discuss current events in the DR, how their NGOs have adapted to provide COVID-19 related humanitarian assistance, and what you can do to help. The NGOs and panelists are:
- Puente Desarollo Internacional, Scott Coppa, Co-Founder & CEO, and Tiven Buggy, Director of Water and Sanitation (Both DR RPCVs)
- Rustic Pathways, Brendan Fields (DR RPCV)
- Techo, Carlos Realpe Mesa, DR Country Director
- Wine to Water, Joel Vicioso, DR Country Director, and Steffani Fields, Director of International Programs (Haiti RPCV)
More about FDR’s COVID-19 humanitarian response efforts
In March as COVID-19 cases began to rise, FDR communicated with our partner NGOs to discuss ways we could help combat the impact of the pandemic in the DR. Since then, FDR has awarded over $20,000 in grants via our Community Challenge Fund and Program Support Fund to support the work of Wine to Water, Puente Desarrollo, and Rustic Pathways. Grant funds have been used to install hygienic handwashing stations and provide emergency food and health supplies. You can read more about these projects and their impact in our April and July newsletters.
FDR’s support of these NGOs would not be possible without the generous donations of our members. In April FDR's Community Challenge Fund reached a new milestone: over 50,000 Dominicans have benefited since it was created in 2004. Thanks to all whose contributions over the years have made it possible and keep on giving!
We hope to see you virtually on September 16th at 8pm EDT!
Friends of the Dominican Republic
La Voz Article on Future Events
Title: Speaker Series on DR History and Culture
To support the continuing education of our members, FDR is organizing a virtual speaker series to take place early next year highlighting DR History and Culture. We’d like to learn from our members what topics are of greatest interest to you. Please share your opinions here.
2019 Annual Report
Friends of the Dominican Republic (FDR) is a non-profit corporation created to continue supporting Peace Corps’ work in the Dominican Republic (DR). We summarize our work quite simply.
We are a “cyber-based” membership organization of former and current Dominican Republic Peace Corps Volunteers, staff and supporters. Our members:
Read full 2019 report here
Read 2018 report here
Read 2017 report here
- Raise funds to support the work of current Volunteers in the Dominican Republic,
- Advance the Third Goal of Peace Corps by sharing our knowledge of the Dominican Republic with other Americans, and,
- Foster “connectedness” by growing our membership network to provide news and information about Peace Corps DR and encourage participation in and support for their work.