Community Challenge Fund
The Community Challenge Fund supports specific basic needs projects such as water, electricity, educational facilities, sanitation, economic development and health. Grants of up to $4,000 for construction materials are contributed to projects where community members provide the labor. Importantly, assisted projects go far beyond just meeting a specific project need such as potable water supplies or latrines and; projects involving Peace Corps Volunteers and other local volunteers often provide hygiene, health education and leadership development as part of the project, making the project more sustainable and far-reaching.
Since 2004, individual donor contributions have funded more than 120 projects, including latrines, aqueduct/water supply projects, water purification, sanitary cement floors in homes, improved (environmentally sound and cost efficient) cooking stoves, improved sanitation, solar energy, economic development, youth/school sports courts, libraries and community centers. To date, more than 40,000 Dominicans have benefitted from Challenge Fund assistance.
Donations, large and small are needed to be able to continue to meet basic community needs in the Dominican Republic. Please consider a donation this year to sustain our efforts.
Program Support Fund
The Program Support Fund supports projects and initiatives that sustain and strengthen existing Peace Corps programs, facilitate the work and effectiveness of individual Volunteers and contribute to spreading the benefits of Peace Corps’ development activities and training programs to individual Dominicans and the Dominican people as a whole.
In recent years, among other efforts, it has sought to sustain and expand the efforts of Peace Corps Volunteers to promote environmental consciousness among Dominican youth through the activity of Brigada Verde (Green Brigade) youth groups in local schools and communities, including fostering collaboration with students and faculty of the National Environmental School in Jarabacoa.
As human development and education becomes an ever greater need in Dominican society and Peace Corps evolves its programs in response, we are finding the demand for PSF support is growing beyond our current resources. With your help we can work to better to meet the need
Friends of the Dominican Republic is a membership organization open to all. While any individual interested in the organization may join, most members are current and former Peace Corps volunteers and staff. The modest membership fee covers administrative costs and the remainder is allocated to projects in most need of assistance. Please consider becoming a member to stay connected with our work.
The needs are great. You can make a difference in the lives of Dominican children and families with your contribution great or small. Make a gift today.