The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two countries. The culture and people of the Dominican Republic is a blend of the cultures of the Spanish colonists, African slaves, and Taíno natives. As is the case with much of Latin America, the Dominican Republican has a large number of children who live and work on the streets. Many of the local orphanages are at their maximum capacity. Through our partnerships with local orphanages and organizations, our groups will have the opportunity to aid the local children through mentoring and games as well as building and cleaning-up facilities.
This orphanage's mission is to provide refuge and hope to abandoned, abused, and disadvantaged children. The orphanage gives them a home, food, family, love, education, and opportunities for advancement in all areas of their lives. Alleviated of their suffering, they begin to have hope for the future, and become productive adults that will contribute positively to their society.
The DR water project aims to provide clean, safe water for communities of Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic. The goal is to create sustainable water resources that empower local organizations to meet the needs around them. One well or cistern can provide clean water for around 1,000 people. Another project is to provide mobile water filtration units for 300 families in the San Cristobal region of the Dominican Republic.
Appleseed Expeditions alternative breaks to the Dominican Republic are committed to meet the need for medical care among the world's poorest communities in the western hemisphere. We do this by mobilizing volunteers on one and two-week medical projects where they provide immediate medical assistance to refugees who do not have access to medical clinics.