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Access to education in remote areas is an important issue in the Dominican Republic. Children in rural areas are more likely to become school dropouts. This is particularly due to the distance that children must travel to attend school.

Additionally, the Dominican Republic generally faces the problem of gender and sexual violence against girls and women. Many young girls miss school due to domestic responsibilities, and over 40% become teenage mothers. Poverty leads many young women to early marriage because they must improve their economic situation.

Los Maranitos is a small village situated next to Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic. Families here live in extreme poverty and struggle to meet basic needs such as food, medical care, and shelter. Electricity is inconsistent and water is scarce. The secondary school is a 45 minutes’ walk away, and the children have to overcome the distance in mountainous terrain. Besides, public school is closed up to 5 months a year. This volatility causes many children never to acquire sufficient levels in necessary skills like reading and writing.

Construction Period: Jan 2020 - June 2020





2 classrooms, offices, outside area, kitchen, lavatory




In cooperation with our implementing partner, Mariposa DR Foundation, a high-quality Educational Center in Los Maranitos will be built to help children break the cycle of generational poverty. The Educational Center will be a vital supplementary educational institution to the public schools in Los Maranitos. It will be a safe place for young boys and girls to grow and meet their potential.

The public schools in Los Maranitos offer morning and afternoon shifts, and the Educational Center will create an additional curriculum to the school’s curriculum. The aim is to propose a comprehensive school program for all children, so they get the chance to gain sufficient educational skills finally. As young girls are often held back in their educational and personal growth, the Educational Center will offer special programs for girls to increase their self-esteem as independent and educated individuals. But not only children attending classes in public school will benefit from the Educational Center, also the community members in Los Maranitos will be given access to participate in coeducational courses.

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