Francisco Tejeda

COTN–Dominican Republic Country Director

Francisco Tejeda came to the Lord in his teens, and immediately responded to a call to work in the ministry of teaching the Word of God. Since then Francisco has thrown himself passionately toward the cause of doing God’s work, becoming the regional youth director of the Church of God, Inc. (Iglesias de Dios) and a founding member of the Christian congregation Rio de Dios.

His passion extended toward serving the children of the Dominican Republic. After earning a law degree from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Francisco went on to coordinate the formation of the Network for the Protection and Guarantee for the Rights of Children and Adolescents. It was through this work that he first became acquainted with mission of Children of the Nations (COTN).

Francisco has many degrees which make him a huge blessing to COTN–Dominican Republic. He earned a postgraduate degree in Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Management and Marketing from the University of Catalunya; a diploma in law from the Children and Adolescents (Grupo Humano); a Special Certificate of Education in Management Accounting for Non-Governmental Organizations (MANGO); and did specialized study in laws governing NGOs in the Dominican Republic at INTEC University. All this plus an accounting degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo makes him especially knowledgeable of the ins and outs of running an NGO supporting children and adolescents in the Dominican Republic.

Before Children of the Nations, Francisco worked as an internal auditor at the Hotel Riviera Beach Resort; and an internal auditor, consultant, and advisor for the Institutional Strengthening of Control Intern International Plan. He has worked as a consultant for other NGOs and as an employee of the Dominican Supreme Court of Justice.

Francisco is happy to be with Children of the Nations, and says, “The world needs great changes. The world needs to recognize God as the only savior. Children of the Nations is helping to create new leaders to transform nations.” He looks forward to expanding the mission of Children of the Nations by caring for more children who are in need of help, both in the Dominican Republic and in neighboring Haiti.

Francisco is married to Mrs. Celia Melo, who studied to become an academic counselor. They have three children.