Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, although they are next-door neighbor to the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti, the D.R. has certainly experienced their own struggles. That is why, in 2011, Abused Children’s Fund joined the efforts of many dedicated and individuals to reach out to the countries children.

In Particular CHRF strives to reach out to children in and around the town of Jarabacoa, near Santiago. Our partners there, who continuously spend time and watch out for the children, report that verbal, physical and sexual abuse is many times out of control. Many, if not most of the children live with their mothers, aunts or grandmothers as most of their fathers have abandoned them and their families.
Brief Statistics Summarize the situation in the Dominican Republic:

Abandonment: 40% of families are without fathers.

Violence: 20% of teenage boys carry firearms to school once a month.

Pregnancy: 25% of girls in the Dominican Republic give birth before they reach the age of 18.