The Dominican Republic boarders Haiti and is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations
Compassion’s work in Dominican Republic began in 1970. Currently, more than 48,500 children participate in 167 child development centers. Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Dominican children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need (from birth to young adult) have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and be all God created them to be. Although the DR is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations, poverty is still a stark (hidden) reality. I along with a group of fellow artist “ambassadors” will spend most of our time in the poorest regions of the county, meeting the people and getting a first hand look at all the great work these churches are doing in partnership with Compassion. I’ll be blogging more updates over the next week, but in the mean time, here are a few pictures of the people and places we will visit.