Colegio Cristiana Divina Misión y Iglesia was built 2006-2007 by a few Canadian groups with DVI funding. The church (iglesia) is on the main floor with the Colegio (school) on the second floor. The building to the left is a kitchen for the school and church. As a result, the children in the community have a chance for a good education.
We provide pre-school to grade 7 education with 5 teachers, teaching assistant, principal, cook, and 2 cleaning staff. Although the school is registered with the government, it receives no funding. All funds must be provided for the school to stay in operation. The school has continued to grow each year and currently has 112 children registered which is a 25% increase from the previous year!
Education is the key to breaking the relentless cycle of poverty. Your child sponsorship allows DVI to run and maintain the school (general operation costs), provide a daily meal, clean drinking water and a daily multi-vitamin. Medical care, school supplies, and dental care are provided to the children and their families through the Vacation With A Purpose groups and fundraisers.
The christian school and church are situated 8 km south from the north coast. Arroyo Seco in the Dominican Republic is a poor agricultural community with a high illiteracy rate. Many of the children attending Colegio Cristiana Divina Misión had never before attended school, mainly because of the cost of uniforms and school supplies which are not supplied in the public schools.
Darling is 3 years old, is in pre-school and lives with his mother and grandmother. His family has no known source of income.
Kairioly is 5 years old, is in pre-premario (which equals Kindergarten in Canada), and lives with her mother and 2 siblings. Her father is currently incarcerated.
Wiliam is 6 years old, is in pre-premario and lives with his parents. His father has occasional work on a farm.
Brendy is 4 years old, is in pre-premario, and lives with his father and mother. Father drives a motoconcho (small motorcycle for hire). Brendy has siblings who also attend our school.
Deury is 3 years old, is in pre-school, and lives with his parents. His father has occasional income doing security work.
Adriana is 3 years old, is in pre-school, and lives with her step-father who does some farming. She has one sibling, Juan who also attends our school.
Yeferson is 6 years old, is in Grade 1 and lives with his mother and her partner.
Kleinrock is 8 years old, is in Grade 3, and lives with his mother and father. His father delivers water. There are 8 siblings. Kelty and Sebastian also attend out school.