2023 Project Story: DR Tamboril

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.   

Tamboril has a unique school named the Hussano Germosen Academy of Music that uses music to educate its students. The school’s goal is to help children have the desire to come to school and learn by developing their musical talents. The school needs extra classrooms to be able to accommodate its increasing number of students. 

In 2023, HXP Builders will be constructing 2 new classrooms and an office to help the Academy overcome its biggest challenge: overcrowded classrooms. Building extra classrooms will cut the number of students in each class in half. These classrooms will allow the school to distribute student rosters more evenly and improve the teacher-to-student ratios. This change will increase the quality of education for Dominican children.