The Dominican Republic is a country located in the Caribbean discovered by Christopher Columbus. It is the second largest island in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic’s main source of income is coffee, sugar, and tobacco. However, the main industry of the Dominican Republic is tourism which causes government investments to overlook rural areas.
With tourism being the main source of government funds, this leaves half of the country without access to clean water and 20% of the country living in extreme poverty. The rural poverty rate is three times as high as the urban poverty rate. There is extreme poverty in rural areas leaving more than one-third of the Dominican Republic living on less than $1.25 a day.
The people of this country are desperate for their needs to be met each day.
Juan is a strong advocate for starting a community-based outreach program focusing his work in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic. He aims to be a light in the darkness of poverty in his community by sharing God’s love and compassion.