Your sponsor child lives in a rural area situated at the base of the mountains just north of the city of Santiago 900 meters above sea level. Santiago is the second largest city in the Dominican Republic. It is a low/no income tight-knit community. This rural area is a mixture between agriculture and the "life of the country" and the ever-expanding city, with an estimated population of 35,000. There are more and more families that are bettering their economic situation, but many people still live in houses of wood with tin roofs and a latrine. The electricity is infrequent and the majority of the houses have a cistern for their water supply. The area is known for its baseball, including MLB past players Jose Parra and Jhonny Peralta.
This rural area has been transformed with the presence of the project in which we are involved. This Christian school was founded by missionaries over 30 years ago. It is one of the best educational options in the whole country. This primary and secondary school has an incredible vision for the education of their children, as well as the community. They are in the process of a five-year expansion and development plan for the school. The school integrates Christian values into a quality education. They have received many awards for education throughout their 30 years of existence. The staff is very dedicated and sacrifices a lot to work at this school.