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Our Work in the Dominican Republic

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About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic shares a border with Haiti and stretches over the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. Santo Domingo, the capital, is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Population, 10,088,598
  • Life Expectancy, 72 years
  • Literacy Rate, 88%
  • Access to Safe Water, 86%
  • Undernourished, 15%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate, 25/1000
  • Birth rate, 19/1,000
  • Primary-Secondary School Enrollment, 91%
  • Average Annual Income (GNI), $4,391
  • Population Growth Rate, 1.2%
  • WHO Human Development Index Ranking, 98
  • Many Dominicans struggle with poverty, poor living conditions and extremely unequal income distribution.
  • About 14 percent of Dominicans are unemployed and more than 40 percent live below the poverty line.
  • Primary education is officially free and compulsory for children between the ages of 3 and 17, although those who live in isolated areas have limited access to schooling.
  • Haina, 12 miles west of Santo Domingo, has been listed as one of the world’s 10 most polluted places due to lead poisoning by a battery recycling smelter. Although the factory closed in 1999, children continue to be born with high lead levels—causing learning disabilities, impaired physical growth and kidney failure.

Sources: United Nations Development Program’s 2011 Human Development Report; The World Bank’s 2011 World Development Indicators; United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization Country Profiles & the United States Library of Congress;

Since members of FFP leadership began working in the Dominican Republic, our short-term mission teams have built (or are completing):

30 Churches
13 Schools
8 Community gardens
14 Water purification facilities
6 Medical clinics

More than 5,000 VOLUNTEERS from hundreds of mission teams have come from churches, schools, universities, families and social organizations. And these numbers keep growing every year!

Partner Communities in the Dominican Republic

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*Key for projects is at bottom of page

Alcapulco projects and outreach
Alondro projects and outreach
Bani projects and outreach
Barahona (IDDPMI-1) church construction
Barahona (IDDPMI-2) church construction
Batey #5 outreach activities
Batey Algodon projects and outreach
Batey Esperanza projects and outreach
Batey Gautier projects and outreach
Batey Naranjo community development
Batey Nayjo community development
Batey Oyo del Toro Outreach
Batey San Joaquin projects and outreach
Brisas de los Palmares projects and outreach
El Callejon projects and outreach
El Brisal projects
El Cachon de Sabana Perdida projects and outreach
El Milioncito outreach iconsMASTER
Ensanche Quisqueya PROJECTS
Haina projects and outreach
Herrera projects and outreach
Jimani Outreach activities
La Caleta projects and outreach
La Javilla de la Cruz Grande projects
Las Americas (IDDPMI) projects and outreach
Las Americas (Casa de Luz) PROJECTS
La Victoria projects and outreach
Los Alcarrizos (Gran Poder de Dios) projects and outreach
Los Guandules church construction
Los Arqueanos projects and outreach
Los Mameyes projects and outreach
Los Leones projects and outreach
Los Palmares projects and outreach
La Orilla projects and outreach
Pantoja (IDDPMI) projects
Pantoja North church construction
Pedernales Projects
San Miguel projects and outreach
San Pedro de Macoris (IDDPMI) projects
San Pedro de Macoris (CAES) outreach and projects
Tres Brazos projects
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Villa Mella community development
Yaguate Outreach activities
Zumbon projects and outreach



Projects, outreach and development

Medical Outreach includes nursing clinics, one-day medical clinics, home health visits, medical training, hearing assessment and disease prevention education.
Ministry Outreach includes worship, children’s ministries (e.g. vacation Bible school) and evangelism efforts.
Community Development includes building latrines, gardens, houses, basketball courts and playgrounds, distributing food and clothing, and providing special assistance to individuals and families.