The region of San Pedro de Macorís, home to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos foundation in the Dominican Republic, once gave this country one of its main sources of income thanks to the sugar industry. However, the closure of many plants where hundreds of families – many of Haitian origin – used to make a living has filled the province with bayetes: settlements of Haitian immigrants who live below the poverty line in overcrowded and extremely insanitary conditions and are practically invisible to the Dominican authorities.
Children are the main victims of the consequences of this situation, suffering from malnutrition, lack of schooling and exposure to all kinds of infections and diseases, social exclusion, abandonment and violence.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos supports the comprehensive development of almost 400 vulnerable Dominican children to whom it guarantees accommodation, food, medical care and education, offering them the necessary tools to become the masters of their own future: socially and professionally integrated citizens who are committed to their own communities.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos welcomes them in a safe and loving family-type environment and supports their development through every educational stage (infant, primary, secondary, vocational training and university). The aim is mainly to restore their dignity and give them hope so that they themselves can forge their own future, one that is doubtlessly full of possibilities.
Fundación MAPFRE supports NPH in the design of personalized nutrition programs, medical care, schooling, and empowerment and training programs to ensure equal opportunities to this collective, helping to prevent any child from being deprived of their right to education and health for economic or gender reasons.