The Bienvenido Project provides holistic care for over 300 impoverished Dominican and Haitian youth in the areas of food, education, health care, advocating for the child's rights & safety, and more. Our feeding program reaches 150 children, providing the only meal most will eat for the day, and our scholarship program allows 46 children the opportunity to attend school who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend. We aim to offer hope of a life beyond poverty to these youth.
Batey Bienvenido is home to predominately Haitian immigrants who are unable to find work to provide for their families. Out of necessity, many send their children to work in the streets forbidding them to return until they have enough to feed the family. This is not only extremely dangerous, but exposes children to drugs and prostitution. The Bienvenido Project provides a better solution. Food and education are provided for free in exchange for parents keeping their children off the streets.
By providing food and education to the children of Bienvenido, at least three problems are solved. Children are kept off the streets, thus lowering their risk of exposure to drugs, prostitution, and early death. Nutritious meals eliminate the risk of starvation and increase the child's overall health. And finally, education offers the chance for the cycle of poverty to end.
The benefits of our feeding & scholarship programs are already being seen. This past year, three youth from the program began studying at universities on scholarships. This would not have been possible without the care we were able to provide for these individuals. As the program continues, and the children grow, we expect to see more children graduating and moving on to become college educated. This will stop the cycle of poverty and provide a different life trajectory for the next generation.