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knowing the dominican republic

A Marked Income Disparity

A country of 10.65 million people, the Dominican Republic has the second largest economy in the Caribbean. However, this nation of beautiful people, culture and landscapes is plagued by a marked income disparity. The richest 10% of the population enjoys over 50% of the country’s GDP, while poorest 20% lives on less than 4.4%.

According to a report of the United Nations on Human Development, the Dominican Republic is ranked #71 in the world for resource availability and #79 for human development, but #14 for resource mismanagement, emphasizing that government corruption and the rift between the rich and poor are major issues in this country.

Dominican Republic


48, 670 km (slightly smaller than Nova Scotia)

Santo Domingo

10 million30% of population under the age of 14Only 6.5% of population over 6550.5% of population at or below poverty line ($2/day)

DR Pesos

73 years

  • 67.5% Services;
  • 11.5% Agriculture;
  • 21% IndustryTop
  • 10% of population holds 53.6% of income lowest 20% of population holds 4.4% of income
  • Sugarcane
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Bananas
  • Tobacco
  • Rice
  • Plantains
  • Beef
  • Nickel
  • Bauxite
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Highlands
  • Mountain
  • Valleys

Humidity;  rainy season May-Oct; middle of hurricane belt June-Oct

a partner in the dominican republic

Hope Rising partners with COCREF (Colegios Cristianos Reformados) – a nationally run network 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 16 Christian day schools, 5 of which have high schools, and serves about 3,000 students and employs 250 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!

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