Dominican Republic - a sovereign nation sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Kids Alive currently serves more than 2000 children in Dominican Republic; the Ark homes in Jarabacoa, Constanza, and Monte Plata house and care for children who are orphaned or abandoned and need a safe place to live, and our schools and care centres provide education, support, and Bible studies for local at-risk children in impoverished communities. Pray for wisdom and the continuing effective selection process for new students in places where we only have space for one out of five applicants, all of whom live in extreme poverty. May the Lord use our Service Teams, interns, and other visitors to create awareness of, and love for, at-risk kids in DR. We're praying for true heroes of the faith, for the spiritual growth and stability of our 275 staff (90% of them Dominican nationals) pouring their lives out in service of the children. As children become adults, please pray for effective discipleship of our university-age students, and our July “Independence Camp” which prepares them for the transition from our care to independent living.
Population: 10,075,045 (2016)
Official languages: Spanish
GDP (PPP) per capita: $17,096 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 73 years
Religions: 89% Catholic, 6% Protestant, 2% Spiritist, 3% other religions