Abandoned children, abused and mistreated children, children with severe malnutrition. This is the plight of these children, from birth to six years old, who arrive at the comprehensive care center which the Amanecer Infantil organization has been running since 2010 in Barahona. With the support of teachers, psychologists and above all, a lot of love, these children can find peace and balance which enables them to slowly start healing.
In an environment offering few opportunities, with high rates of infant mortality, school dropout and unwanted teenage pregnancies, the center also works with their families, particularly the mothers, to help develop a social system to protect the children. The goal is to help these mothers, nearly all of whom have suffered from domestic violence, to regain custody of their children, with the center's continued support and monitoring. When this is not possible, with the help of the (Consejo Nacional para la niñez y la adolescencia) (National Council for childhood and adolescence), children are placed in new families where they can put down roots.
The center is located in the south of the Dominican Republic, an area which borders Haiti, where the vast majority of the population, Dominican, Haitian and Haitian Dominican, live in dire poverty.
In this area, and thanks to the Amanecer Infantil's work, throughout 2018 130 children have been cared for at the Center. 150 mothers, fathers and guardians of children at the Center have also received support and 280 children have been able to go back to their families and receive regular follow ups.
We are proud to be taking part in this project which offers so many children a future.