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Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is located in Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti.

The island of Hispaniola is the home of both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Both countries have shared the struggles of poverty, military dictatorships, and hurricanes. They also share beautiful beaches and pleasant warm weather.

This island was one of the first conquered by the Europeans in the early 16th century. The indigenous population was wiped out and was replaced by African slaves. Now, opportunities are scarce and the economy is supported by money sent back to the island by those living in Puerto Rico or the United States. The economic measures established by the government have made life more difficult for the vast majority of the population which has taken to the street to demand justice.

Pray for: The ministry of Xiomara Rosario-Savage, an ordained minister of the Evangelical Dominican Church, Co-Director of the Christian Center for Family Counseling as she provides new leadership to the institution in family counseling and therapy.

ALFALIT Dominicano, an ecumenical literacy and development organization providing programs for children at risk.

Population (July 2014 est) – 10,349,741

Area – 30,240 miles

Capital – Santo Domingo

Ethnic Background

     White – 16%

     Mulatto & Mestizo – 73%

     Black – 11%

Exports - ferronickel, sugar, gold, silver, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, meats, consumer goods

Imports - foodstuffs, petroleum, cotton and fabrics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M  76 years       F   80 years

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 19.63 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate (2011 est) – 9.9%


People in Mission

Brewer-Calvert, Henry
Dominican Republic
Henry Brewer-Calvert, member of First Christian Church of Decatur (Disciples of Christ), Decatur, Georgia, serves as a Global Mission Intern with Proyecto Caminante. He works with the children in Caminante's Outreach Ministry.
Give a gift for Henry's appointment

Davis, Andrew
Dominican Republic
Andrew Davis, member of God Can Ministries, United Church of Christ, Ford Heights, Illinois, serves with Proyecto Caminante located in the Dominican Republic.
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Support Ministries in Dominican Republic

 To make a general gift for the work being done by partners in this country use the online donation page. Select Latin America and the Caribbean from the designation list and type work in Dominican Republic into the Project/Partner line.

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