Enriquilo Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


233 youth and parents received vocational and technical training to increase their income and expand their employment options. The mortality rate among mothers and children decreased, in large part due to health education campaigns carried out by World Vision-supported community health promoters. 150 mothers were trained in maternal and child health and 1,478 people were trained to prevent common childhood illnesses. We worked with community health promoters to monitor the nutritional status of 1,115 children, and helped 30 malnourished children access treatment through local health centers. 134 orphans and people living with tuberculosis, HIV, or AIDs were able to access healthcare services with our help. 34 families gained access to clean water through the efforts of health committees and community groups we supported, who advocated for improvements in an aqueduct system. 412 youth and their families engaged in trainings and workshops to reduce issues that cause children to drop out of school, such as domestic violence, teen pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, and substance abuse. The youth also developed long-term goals and plans for their lives as part of a life-skills project. We organized an education awareness campaign to encourage parents to send their children to school at the start of the academic year so they don't fall behind in their studies. 243 children improved their psychomotor skills through early education activities and home visits carried out by volunteer health workers who we trained. In addition, 348 parents and caregivers were trained in techniques for stimulating cognitive and social development in young children. 524 children who were struggling in school participated in our academic reinforcement program to help them improve their reading, writing, and math skills and progress to the next grade level. 50 elementary school teachers were trained in improved strategies for teaching math and literacy. With our help, communities updated their emergency response and preparedness plans to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. We also trained staff and students at six schools in emergency planning, after which they put in place emergency plans, established evacuation routes and early warning systems, and carried out emergency drills. 1,784 children participated in an anti-bullying campaign, which featured the artistic and creative talents of 200 children. 104 youth completed our leadership school, which offers courses on decision-making, conflict resolution, and other skills so young people can become agents of change in their communities. 100 children formed a peace-building group and led a child rights and protection campaign with our help, reaching 7,520 children. 22 people were trained to identify and respond to signs of child abuse. In 2014, child protection networks identified 42 incidents of child abuse or child rights violation and referred them to local authorities. 21 sports coaches were trained in child protection and behavior standards, equipping them to protect 557 children under their care.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Environment, Disability, Advocacy


  • Dominican Republic>Independencia


  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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