A family environment for homeless children in the Dominican Republic

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos provides children in dire need with the opportunity to turn their lives around

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos provides children in dire need with the opportunity to turn their lives around Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos provides children in dire need with the opportunity to turn their lives around

The San Pedro de Macorís region where the home is located was one of the regions that brought great wealth to the Dominican Republic due to the sugar industry boom. However, the majority of these businesses have now closed and their workers, including many Haitians, are living in abject poverty.

The situation of children in the area is alarming: malnutrition, learning disabilities, child labour, poor sanitation, illness and violence are rife in these children's environment. Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) is working to change this, in order to break the cycle of poverty and offer opportunities to these children.

The center was designed as a home for children who had nowhere to go. The children who join the NPH family are given everything that parents would offer their children: care, food, education, health care and a safe and affectionate family environment where they feel loved and appreciated.

However, the needs of local families have meant that the center also caters for children in the area who have a home and someone to take care of them but are hungry and have no access to education.

The center currently has 149 children living there as residents and 160 who are day pupils. All of the children are given the chance to turn their lives around and change their situation.