Our Homes: NPH Dominican Republic

Map_DR_2-72Dominican Republic Facts

Area:
18,815 square miles – slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire

Population:
10,734,247 (July 2017/ est.)

Languages:
Spanish, English widely spoken

Issues:
Water shortages, soil erosion, deforestation; subject to severe storms from June to October

Discover NPH Dominican Republic

Our family in the Dominican Republic began with seven children in a rented home in the town of San Pedro de Macoris and quickly expanded to six rented houses. The bishop of San Pedro de Macoris, Francisco Ozoria Acosta, donated land to NPH on behalf of his diocese. Two adjacent parcels were then purchased and construction began on the NPH home. In September 2005, the family moved into their new home, naming it Casa Santa Ana.

NPH Dominican Republic Facts

Opened:
January 6, 2003

Children/youth fully supported:
248

Total services provided:
2,188 (Includes children and youth fully supported, community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services.)

Location:
Outside of San Pedro de Macorís, about 40 miles east of Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital and largest city

Features:
50 acres of land; school (grades K – 11); vocational workshops; clinic; farm and greenhouse; fully independent water system, including a tower and wells; chapel; playgrounds, basketball court; baseball and soccer fields

Did you know?

  • Casa Santa Ana has small family-style homes, each with its own kitchen and garden.
  • The baseball field was built and improved by Lindos Sueños, a community outreach program of the Boston Red Sox.
  • A Montessori program was launched in 2016. While not part of the national curriculum, NPH decided to add it in order to provide the highest quality of education possible. A special education program was also launched.
  • The vocational school, which opened in September 2016, has 77 students, including 40 from the community. It offers technical careers in cabinetmaking, handicrafts, shoemaking, sewing, clay, and music.
  • Community outreach activities include construction projects, and medical, education, and social work programs/activities.
  • Niños de Dios (“God’s Kids”), a transitional home in Monte Plata, was opened in 2017. The goal is to reintegrate children in need and emergency situations into family structures. The program employs three Hermanos Mayores (“older siblings”) who grew up
    at NPH and plans to hire three additional staff members, welcome 20 children, and develop onsite recreational areas.
  • A mini-banking system was launched in 2017 to teach the children money management and the skills necessary to lead independent lives.

More Information: 

• VIDEO: NPH Dominican Republic – A Glimpse at Family Life
Holiday Celebrations at NPH Dominican Republic
• Fact Sheet (PDF)
Home Map (PDF)
• Visitor’s Guide (PDF)


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