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Fe y Alegria in Dominican Republic

Historical summary
Lines of action
Achievements
New challenges
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Historical summary


Fe y Alegría en República Dominicana (6Kb)Although Fe y Alegria was legally incorporated in the Dominican Republic at the end of 1990, by decree of the executive branch, its history goes back to 1964, when Fr Jose Maria Velaz made his first contacts to found the movement there.  Fe y Alegria has evolved through three basic stages thus far: the first was the initial start-up, the second consisted of rapid growth, and the third (still in process) entails consolidation.


Fe y Alegría en República Dominicana (6Kb)Operations began in 1991 with the opening of four schools in two parts (south and central) of the country; all had the common denominator of providing the poorest children and young people with adequate care, health services and, above all, an integral education to help them find their way in life.  Subsequently a school was established in Palmarejo (National Department), where the great majority of the inhabitants come from Haiti and live in critical social conditions, aggravated by racism.  A rapid stage of growth began in 1993, aided by the government’s turning over to Fe y Alegria some of its own schools.   The result was a great increase in the student population attended to by Fe y Alegria, both in the rural areas and in the poor urban areas that had been flooded by the massive migration from the countryside.


In the most recent years we have concentrated on the stabilization and consolidation of the movement, stressing especially the qualitative aspects of our educational and social activity.  In particular, we have sought to bring up to standard the equipment in all the schools, to increase the number of classrooms, to improve the conditions in the health and nutrition centers, and to expand workshops for technical-professional or vocational training oriented directly at providing job opportunities.  We have also expanded programs and activities for teacher training, non-formal education, work education, pastoral care, formation for parents and relations with the government and other institutions.


Lines of action

  1. Formal Education: the centers of Fe y Alegria offer first of all a program of primary school education, which includes grades one to eight. Once this program is functioning, pre-primary and secondary levels are added, and a program for technical-professional training is introduced.
  2. Other programs and projects:  Integral education, ongoing formation, training for work, quality of life, nutrition, pastoral care, health and nutrition, construction of schools.


Achievements

  1. Activities oriented towards the service of marginalized people, which are based on their real needs and seek the participation of the benefited communities (parents, community groups, government and church) in finding solutions.
  2. The continual opening of new educational centers.
  3. The equipping of workshops that train for labor market and of science labs in the schools.
  4. The establishment of councils of school principals and the training of administrative teams.
  5. The programming of seminar-workshops for the ongoing formation of principals, administrators and teachers.
  6. The presence of Fe y Alegria on the national educational scene.
  7. An institutionalized relationship between the national office of Fe y Alegria and the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry’s contribution of more than 95% of the pay of teachers, administrators and support personnel.
  8. The steady strengthening of the national office in physical space, hiring of qualified personnel according to our needs, organization of departments, creation of operating manuals, administrative-financial management with external audits, inventory of assets, and legalization of properties.
  9. The promotion of projects and activities for the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the personnel: encouraging communal saving, consumers’ cooperatives, medical insurance, etc.


New challenges

  1. Broadening the population benefited and expanding services to that population, keeping quality always on a par with quantity.
  2. Forming management teams in the schools.
  3. Strengthening the ongoing formation of teachers and support personnel.
  4. Increasing the presence of Fe y Alegria in public schooling.
  5. Promoting institutional consolidation from and for the Mission.
  6. Organizing the departments of the national office.
  7. Opening new horizons in search of human and financial resources.
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REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA
Director: Antonio Lluberes S.J.
Oficina: Calle Cayetano Rodríguez 114,
Gazcue, Santo Domingo,
Dto. Nacional - República Dominicana
Apartado Postal: 25310
Teléfonos: (809) 2212786 / 2212787
Fax: (809) 2212785
Correo-e general: fe.alegria@verizon.net.do
Correo-e del Director: direccion@feyalegria.org.do