Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Though known for its pristine beaches, all-inclusive resorts and golfing, it has a varied terrain comprised of rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. The Dominican Republic has the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. Though long known for agriculture and mining, the economy is now dominated by services. Recent growth has been driven by construction, manufacturing and tourism.

  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Population: 10.77 million
  • Language: Spanish
  • Baseball is the national sport and is enjoyed as a family activity. More than 500 baseball players in the MLB have hailed from the DR.

Our History in the Dominican Republic

In 1979, Food for the Hungry (FH) provided relief assistance to survivors of Hurricane David and Tropical Storm Federico. Soon after, a field office was established in the capital city of Santo Domingo to reach vulnerable communities in the western and central regions of the country with humanitarian assistance and child development programming, making this one of the first and longest-running field offices within FH. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development including livelihoods, health and education.

Current Work

     Current communities: 55   |   Children sponsored: 7,225     

Church partnerships: 32


Community Transformation Requires Individual Transformation

The Importance of Play

Striking Out Poverty in the Dominican Republic

Key Challenges

27% of the population still doesn’t have safe sanitation services | 28% of children under 5 suffer from anemia | Around 40% of Dominicans live in poverty
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