0ver 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 D.R. enter university at a 6th grade reading level. This summer HumanitarianXP Builders will be helping expand a nursery in a local community so that they will be able to care for more children. They will be expanding the nursery by adding 2 classrooms, a dining room, and a basketball court roof. Currently the nursery has the capacity to hold 25 students, but is needing to hold a capacity of at least 40 students. This extra space will allow more students in the town access to education and care. It will create a quality building that will allow students to focus on learning.