DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

THE NEED

One in three

Dominicans still lives on less than $1.25 a day.

41.1%

Population below the poverty line (2013 est.)

13.8%

Unemployment rate (2016 est.)

91.8%

Literacy rate

Sources: CIA World Factbook, World Bank

THE IMPACT

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Edify began operations in 2010.

We have impacted 158,954 students with a Christ-centered education.

Training

School leaders trained: 1,288  |  Teachers trained: 4,958

Loans

1,397 loans disbursed to 782 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $7,042,671

993

Total Schools Impacted

*Cumulative impact of March 31, 2017

EDIFY TEAM IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Luis Sena, Vice President, Latin America Programs

Luis Sena has dedicated his entire career to working for the poor who lack spiritual and material resources. He was born and raised in Santo Domingo and graduated as an Architect in 1980. After graduation, he became a follower of Christ. His newfound faith inspired his twenty-eight year career in Community Development with Food for the Hungry International. From 2011-2013 Luis served as the Program Manager for the Esperanza-Edify program. In 2014, he joined the Edify team serving in various leadership roles before taking on his current role as Latin America Vice-President. Luis also served as co-pastor and teacher at a Baptist church for 27 years. He lives in his hometown of Santo Domingo and is married to Carmen. He and his wife have three children: Elizabeth, Sara and Luis David.

Jose Ramon Rodriguez, Dominican Republic Program Director

Jose Ramon Rodriguez brings his depth of experience in church and school leadership to provide oversight for all Edify programs in the Dominican Republic. His degree in Organizational Management equips him to guide teams strategically. He served as the Director of a Christian school in San Juan de la Marguana and was the Program Director for World Vision, Dominican Republic before assuming pastorship of Iglesia Cristiana Comunitaria in Santo Domingo. In 2014, Jose Ramon joined Edify as Program Director Dominican Repubic. He lives in Santo Domingo with his wife and two children and is committed to leading morning devotionals in his neighborhood at a local gym.

Leandro Peguero, 
Christian Transformation 
and Training Officer

Leandro Peguero has a great passion for training and education and serves as Edify’s Christian Transformation and Training Officer in the Dominican Republic. He works with the teachers to providing training and follow-up on the most effective use and implementation of Christ-centered curriculum and child evangelism. He may also provide targeted support to help an individual school strategize to reach goals specific to their environment. Prior to joining Edify, Leandro spent eight years working for Compassion International as Program Implementation Manager.

Raquel Eloy, AMO Training Coordinator 
and Supervisor

God placed an unmistakable call on Raquel Eloy’s life to be a teacher. She followed this call and studied education in university and had the delight of teaching students for 15 years. In 2012 she began collaborating with Esperanza International, which would eventually introduce her to Edify’s work. After seeing Edify’s model of work, God gave Raquel a new vision for how she might use her talents and passions to edify Christian education by integrating teacher trainings with Biblical principles.

Denis Sabino Rosario, 
School Financial Sustainability Officer

Denis Sabino Rosario is Edify’s School Financial Sustainability Officer in the Dominican Republic and is a certified public accountant. Denis helps schools improve their financial sustainability and administration by offering trainings and implementation monitoring. Helping schools to operate efficiently with their resources is an important strategy for the long-term health of any organization. 

Dilenia de Jesús, 
Office Manager 

Dilenia oversees the program budget, office administration as well as providing assistance to program leaders to ensure that Edify’s work is fully supported on the business side. She has held various administrative roles throughout her career, often including financial oversight, including working for World Vision. 

Marlena May, 
Planning, Monitory,
and Assessment

Marlena May serves as Edify’s Planning, Monitoring, and Assessment Officer in the Dominican Republic. She joined Edify in the summer of 2015 when she felt God calling her to promote Christ-centered development through education in Latin American countries. She loves her job, where she plans Edify’s activities and evaluates their success. Her favorite aspect of her work is showing how lives are transformed through Edify’s activities using data and impact stories.

Daniel Emilio Julian, 
Core Program Facilitator

Daniel Emilio joined Edify in 2016 as a facilitator for the Core Program in the Greater Santiago region (Northern Dominican Republic). He has a degree in marketing and previously worked in marketing and sales, including starting his own business. He has always felt a calling to help people escape poverty and to change their mindset about what is possible. He believes education based on biblical principles is the best way to change society and is passionate about spreading the Word of God to the next generations.

Keren Peña, 
Program Specialist

Keren Peña graduated from Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo with a B.A. in Marketing and has a Masters degree in Communications from Western Michigan University. 

Keren Peña works to implement technology pilot programs as well as coordinates logistics for Edify’s vision trips to the DR.

Previously, Keren worked for two non-profit organizations in Education and Communications, including Compassion International.