About the Community
Juan Bosch is the poorest in the region of La Vega, Dominican Republic, where we serve. There are approximately 115 houses where around 450 people live. The community has no running water or electricity. The houses have mostly dirt floors, no bathrooms, and are made out of whatever materials may be available. The houses are one or two rooms where multiple family members of different ages live in substandard conditions.
Most people in this community are squatters and have no legal documentation in the country. Children are unable to attend school without documentation and parents cannot afford the required uniforms and shoes. Most heads of household either don't work or are day laborers. It's not uncommon to see children running around naked and barefooted, plagued by lice and other diseases. The extreme poverty gives way to other social ailments like prostitution and drug trafficking. Transportation is limited by only one dirt road in and out of the community in very tough condition.
What We Do
Global Effect built a two-story, cement building where we minister and help meet the needs of the community through the following ways:
We provide the only source of fresh water in the community through our well, which is free to all and open daily.
Our team of 8 dedicated staff teach around 45 children 5 days/week in our Learning Center. Children are taught reading, writing, math, and Bible.
Our psychology team provides training and education to families on topics ranging from hygiene to domestic violence and abuse.
Weekly services are held every Friday with our community pastor with prayer, worship and to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Monthly, we take the children in the Learning Center out of the community to enjoy games, food, and fun.
We provide hardy snacks daily, sometimes the only source of nourishment the children receive.
Our pastor and team visit families in the community weekly, building relationships and helping to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
We help to rebuild homes that are in the worst condition.