The Dominican Republic is facing a severe humanitarian crisis, with widespread challenges affecting vulnerable communities. Access to clean water, healthcare, and education remains limited for many. Poverty, inequality, and social disparities persist, exacerbating the struggles faced by marginalized populations. We have been providing relief since 2010 through food and meat packages during Ramadan and Dhul Hijjah and more recently providing vocational trainings for a path towards self-sufficiency.
Mr. Halil Demir, the Executive Director of Zakat Foundation of America, greeted the class of Dominican Republic university students in multiple languages.
Zakat Foundation of America has been working in Latin America for about a decade. The last year has seen new programs and countries added to the list.
This year, Zakat Foundation celebrated #DayOfTheGirl in the Dominican Republic. Mrs. De Pasquale spent the day with young girls discussing their rights, dreams of the feature, and sharing stories of inspiring women.
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20-year-old Jazmin (center) is from a community limited in economic resources and enrolled in our Dental Assistant training program. Jazmin’s aspirations include pursuing further education, excelling in her career, providing for her daughter's future, and attaining a higher quality of life. She now has a steady income, health insurance, and better living conditions. “I would like to participate in more courses to acquire better knowledge in other areas. Thank you, Zakat Foundation!”
Hurrican Fiona hit the region in September of 2022 and damaged over 2,600 homes as reported by Relief Web. 66-year-old Milagros, from El Seibo, experienced significant damage to her house, with up to 50% of it being affected. In addition to the substantial structural damage, she lost all her furniture. Expressing immense gratitude, she emphasized that no one had assisted her until now. Our emergency kit included hygiene staples, food, clean water and more.
Food provisions help sustain and build up families
A Zakat Foundation rep interacts with a young learner
Completing education is incredibly important in the Dominican Republic
Providing essential healthcare and supplies for those who are vunerable
A engaged classroom in the Dominican Republic
Distributing food to the local beneficiaries in Dominican Republic
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In 2022, 91¢ from each dollar donated went directly toward programs serving those in need. 4¢ went to administrative costs & 5¢ went to fundraising costs.