A Partner in the Dominican Republic

EduDeo partners with COCREF (Colegios Cristianos Reformados) – a nationally run community of Christian schools that began in 1981 in an effort to reach the most neglected children in the Dominican Republic with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Christian education. It now consists of 15 Christian day schools, 5 of which have high schools, and serves about 3,700 students and employs 210 people within the Dominican Republic.

With a focus on reaching children living in poverty-stricken areas, many COCREF schools are located in bateys to serve the children of Haitian immigrants who otherwise would not have the opportunity to receive an education at all. This is an incredible way to impact these communities with the empowering tool of education and the transformative message of the Gospel at the same time!

Goals

  • Ensuring quality Christian curriculum is available;
  • Investing in teachers to provide long-term stability;
  • Providing an enhanced learning environment through computer labs, science labs and libraries.

Areas of Need

Currently, COCREF is able to cover more than half of their yearly costs from their own resources despite the poverty of the communities they are serving. However, the shortfall means that extra improvements that need to be made are not possible. Extra funding is required from partners like EduDeo to help COCREF progress towards their goals.

Batey communities are usually so poor that families can only be asked to pay 50 pesos per month (less than $3) as a token of their commitment to the school. Many families have to make major sacrifices to even afford this small amount — an amount that does not even come close to covering what it costs to educate a child.


Maps of COCREF Schools

Schools in Santo Domingo:
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Schools outside the capital city:
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Affiliated Schools

Name Location Year Established Grades Offered Number of Students
Apocalipsis Christian School Batey Bermejo 1993 K-8 220
Belen Christian School Los Guaricanos 1988 K-9 191
Emanuel Christian School Los Angeles 1991 K-12 343
Filadelfia Christian School Cristo Rey 1981 K-8 316
Jerico Christian School Batey Fao 1988 K-5 298
Juan Calvino Christian School Sabana Grande - K-12 308
La Esperanza Christian School Hato Nuevo 1992 K-9 315
Los Guandules Christian School San Pedro de Macoris - K-12 248
Miriam Christian School Santa Alicia - K-2 31
Nueva Creacion de Fe Bienvenido 1981 K-8 203
Pena de Horeb Christian School Mojarra 1991 K-4 220
Ramon Reynoso Christian School Los Mameyes 1987 K-8 177
Renacer Christian School Los Alcarrizos 1984 K-9 369
San Mateo Christian School Sabana Grande de Boya 1987 K-8 276
San Pablo Christian School La Pared 1982 K-8 92
David Tigchelaar
Sep 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Question...why can't parents pay more? We have to here in Canada.

Hank
EduDeo Staff
Sep 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

Great question! A number of the schools we work with in the Dominican Republic are located in remote and very impoverished locations. These small towns, called “bateyes,” began with company barracks for workers in the sugar cane industry where they would earn $1 or $2 per day. The mainly Haitian immigrants eventually had or brought over their families, so the bateyes grew into communities containing children in desperate need of an education and the Gospel message. With the decline of the sugar cane industry, jobs and money are scarce in the bateyes, therefore, COCREF’s Christian schools are a vital outreach and witness to these communities. We are prayerfully optimistic the future will be brighter as hearts and minds are transformed through quality, Christ-centred education.

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