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 210,739 students with a Christ-centered education.

Training

School leaders trained: 2,492  |  Teachers trained: 8,154

Loans

1,668 loans disbursed to 838 schools  |  Total loan capital (USD): $10,483,048

1,269

Total Schools Impacted

*Cumulative impact as of September 30, 2019

EDIFY TEAM IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Luis Sena, Vice President of Mission True

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.

Denis Sabino Rosario, Country Director

Denis joined Edify in November 2013. His role is to plan, organize, lead and monitor all activities necessary to improve and expand sustainable Christ-centered education in the Dominican Republic.

Before becoming the Dominican Republic Country Director, Denis held roles of Financial Sustainability Officer, Christian Transformation Officer and Impact Assessment Officer at Edify. Prior to joining Edify, Denis served as a Verifying Accountant for Esperanza International, auditing schools to see if they were financially qualified to take a loan.

Denis has a degree in Accounting from the Del Caribe University in Santo Domingo. He is passionate about teaching others about Jesus, and plays piano, guitar, bass or drums to worship God. Currently he is involved in a youth discipleship group called Youths Understood in the Times. Denis is married and they have two girls who also love singing and praising Jesus.

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.

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.

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.

Juan Rodriguez, Christian Transformation and Training Officer

Juan joined Edify in April 2018 as Christian Transformation and Training Officer. Before joining Edify, Juan worked for five years at One Child Matters as Latin American and Caribbean Controller, Dominican Republic Country Coordinator, and Project Development Coordinator. Previously, he spent 15 years as General Manager and International Security Coordinator for American Eagle and American Airlines. Juan also serves actively on the pastoral team at his church, First Assembly of God in Santiago.