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Snapshot of Dominican Republic


of people lack access to safe water


have no basic literacy


mothers die from pregnancy related causes per 100,000 births

Kleber Lora

Letter from Compassion Dominican Republic Director, Kleber Lora

Greetings! My name is Kleber Lora and I am the Country Director of Compassion Dominican Republic. I joined Compassion in 2005 after a time of prayer asking the Lord for an opportunity to serve the poor. My wife Layla and I have three children. Our older daughter came to us as a step-daughter when we were asked to be a transition home for her for a week. That week became 10 years! And now my older daughter is a teacher in a Christian school and has three beautiful children, my grandchildren. Praise the Lord! Loren Eiseley wrote a story about an old man on a beach…

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Hope at the Church Door

My name is Jonathan Almonte, and I work with Compassion Dominican Republic. I take sponsors to the partner churches to show them the work of Compassion, and so they can spend time with their sponsored children. I love what I do because, as a former sponsored child, I know that the most exciting moment of the life of a sponsored child is to meet his or her sponsors.

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Prayer requests for Dominican Republic

  • Arbania Martinez, a staff member, asks for prayer for the children who have special needs. Please pray that God will give strategies and wisdom to the local churches and program staff to help the children who need this extra support. Arbania also asks that you pray for children who have been abused, that the Lord will comfort and help them.
  • Please pray for Angel, a Compassion assisted child, who is suffering from depression after her father recently died and then her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Please pray for healing and comfort for both Angel and her mother, and pray they will get good support.
  • Please pray for the local churches and their leadership teams as they seek God’s guidance in how to deal with community-wide issues of poverty, especially family violence, teenage pregnancies and older students dropping out of school. Please pray that they would be able to lovingly address these issues and bring God’s grace and hope to bear.
  • Please pray for the Compassion Dominican Republic staff as they launch a nation-wide training program called “Extending the Net”. Please pray particularly for Walkidia Batista, Compassion DR Training Specialist, and her team, as they head up the training and travel to share this new curriculum with the local program staff and volunteers.

Stories from Compassion in Dominican Republic

22 May, 2019

12 Fascinating Photos of Tiny Homes in the Developing World

The 'tiny home' movement is making its way across the world—but tiny homes are nothing new. People have lived in tiny homes for much of human history. Here are 12 fascinating photos of tiny homes from around the world. .. Read more

12 Apr, 2018

What Possessions Do Children Living in Poverty Treasure Most?

From remote, isolated tribal communities to bustling cities and crowded slums, 10 children in our Child Sponsorship Program share their treasured possessions. These are their beautiful, surprising and funny answers... Read more

27 Feb, 2020

Birthdays Around The World

As children, birthday parties are memorable occasions! But when families barely have enough to support basic needs, birthday celebrations are often a luxury they can’t afford. .. Read more