Project Story: Dominican Republic La Cienaga

Over 40 percent of the Dominican Republic lives below the poverty line. Poverty is especially crippling in the country since access to money is required to participate in schools and to access healthcare services. Thus the poorest people become trapped in a generational cycle of poverty.

Although the Dominican Republic is known to have higher levels of participation in the school system than some of its neighboring Latin American countries, 75 percent of students complete up to 4th grade and only 52 percent complete a full 8 years of elementary school. Students who complete high school in the DR enter university at a 6th-grade reading level.

This summer HumanitarianXP Builders will be adding classrooms to a school in the Dominican Republic. Currently, the students of the school learn in an outside classroom. However, with rain or other weather conditions, they are not able to be outside to learn. This classroom will give the students a physical, covered, space to learn.

This will impact the community by being able to complete a stable building that creates a place to best foster learning. It will put an emphasis on education for not only the students, but for the community. It will also build morale for education in the country where education isn’t as much of a priority.

Sources: UNICEF, CIA Factbook, borgenproject.org