News: Dominican Republic

Camps Give Kids a Chance to Learn, Laugh, and Serve Dominican Republic
Jun 19, 2012 -

When summer comes, children in the Dominican communities Children of the Nations (COTN) serves don't have swimming pools to go to.  They don't have lawns to play on or vacations to plan.  For most of them, summer simply means no school and more work at home.  But all our COTN children look forward to summer for one reason: camp.

Saved from the Streets: Anderson's Story Dominican Republic
Jun 11, 2012 -

Anderson is a young boy who would be sleeping on the streets of Barahona, Dominican Republic, if it weren't for partners like you.  Anderson's father abandoned his family when Anderson was very young.  His mother was left to care for the children, but she was unable to provide for them.  With no one to turn to, Anderson had to look out for himself.  He dropped out of school and cleaned people's shoes to make ends meet.  He fished for his dinner each evening, and most nights he slept in an abandoned bar.  

Luis Fernando Finds a Place to Belong Dominican Republic
May 29, 2012 -

Growing up in the Haitian-Dominican slum of Los Robles, Dominican Republic, few things have remained stable in Luis Fernando’s life.  Abandoned by his mother at birth, Luis went to live with his grandmother, who was involved in the occult and other unhealthy practices.  Luis eventually left that dark environment and moved in with his aunt, who cares for him today.

Clean Water Changes Lives in the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
May 21, 2012 -

Walking into the village of Altagracia, in the Dominican Republic, the first thing that hits you is the smell.  You barely have time to adjust to it before swarms of children assault you, smiling, laughing, calling out, "Americano!

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Gabriela Sees Hope for her Batey Dominican Republic
May 1, 2012 -

Poverty broke up Gabriela's family.  The poor community of Los Robles where Gabriela lives offers very few job opportunities.

Pastor Africa: A Second Mother in the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Apr 12, 2012 -

Nineteen-year-old Luis Gustavo grew up without his mother around to care for him.

Young Wilson Steps Up to Fill the Void Left by His Pastor's Death Dominican Republic
Mar 28, 2012 -

Taking charge of the education of sixty-eight preschool through second-grade students is no small task.  But 21-year-old Wilson Espinosa has even more on his plate than that.  In addition to being the new principal at the Children of the Nations (COTN) school in Altagracia, Dominican Republic, he is an assistant pastor and university student.   Wilson wasn’t sure if he was ready for so much responsibility, but after the former principal and pastor, Emmanuel Sannon, passed away, and with so few educated leaders in his commu

Rosi's Sponsor Brings a Smile to Her Face Dominican Republic
Mar 14, 2012 -

Rosi is an outgoing young leader in her schoolyard in the Dominican Republic.  As a 12-year-old fifth-grader, she is one of the big kids during morning classes at the Children of the Nations (COTN) school in the community of Los Robles.  When she grows up, Rosi wants to become a teacher.  “I want to give classes to the kids,” she says.

Sponsorship that Transforms Communities: Claudio's Story Dominican Republic
Feb 28, 2012 -

Imagine the joy Ginny Porterfield of Gig Harbor, Washington, felt when she had a surprise visitor at the Children of the Nations (COTN) Mission House during her visit to the Dominican Republic last November: Claudio, her sponsored medical student, had traveled several hours just to see her.  “Claudio came all this way to see me. He has such a beautiful heart,” she smiles.

New Public Health Program Fulfills a Medical Student's Life-long Dream of Changing His Community Dominican Republic
Feb 21, 2012 -

One of the most impoverished children from the Dominican batey of Algodón, Charinson has always dreamed of bringing his community out of the cycle of disease and poverty. This year Charinson's chance to serve and to change his community has arrived. Children of the Nations (COTN) is launching a program in partnership with the University of Texas’ Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics that aims to address the problems that Charinson has always dreamed of solving.