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Dominican Republic

Nearly 200 million children around the world are without a family or a home. This creates opportunity for predators and tens of thousands are sold into the commercial sex industry. Approximately 80% of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50% are minors. Children with dreams and children filled with life are stripped of their innocence and forced into a life no human should ever experience.

The Dominican Republic is at the center of the world for the sale and trade of human lives locally and globally. Prostitution is legal here and the government has made very little progress in preventing the sale of children for the sole purpose of serving the sex trade.

Our vision for House of Hope Cienfuegos is to create a girls home that is dedicated to the rescuing and nurturing of orphaned and discarded children. We can see this happening with 3 points of action:

  • First: Infant girls will be legally placed with HOH through the "CONANI", the Dominican equivalent of children's services. These children will be permanent patrons of the HOH Girls' Home.
  • Second: HOH has purchased separate property adjoining the HOH property where we intend to construct "The Children's Center". This building will be used daily as an outreach to the street children of the community. Warm food, education, and training in hygiene and simple healthcare will be afforded here to approx. 100 needy girls and boys daily.
  • Third: We intend to spear head a program that will help rescue and rehabilitate teenage girls who have already become victims of the widespread sex abuse that has plagued the Dominican Republic. We see vocational training and education as essential in giving these young people an alternative to life on the street.

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