Dominica School and Orphanage
Dominica Rosario and her brother Alexis were raised in an orphanage in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After studying in the United States for nearly four years in a Rotary International exchange program, Dominica returned to the impoverished town of La Urena to open her own orphanage. For the past twenty years, Dominica has been caring for the poorest children of La Urena, many of them abused or neglected.
The Dominica Orphanage has a dormitory capable of providing temporary housing for 50 children and coordinates foster families for abandoned and orphaned children. Children placed with a foster family return early each morning to the school where they are given daily baths, dressed for the school day, attend class, and take all of their meals. The school, which formally opened in 2003, has nearly 400 students, approximately 150 of which are beneficiaries of the Orphanage or on scholarships funded by the school and the remaining pay monthly tuition to attend the school, well known for its rigorous education pre-school through ninth grade.
The Dominica School and Orphanage operates on a budget of approximately $14,000 per month, the majority of which is spent on food and teachers ($6,000 each). Dominica is dependent on generous donations from organizations like First Community Church and First Community Foundation to feed and educate over 400 children a year – less than 20% of the school’s operating budget is covered by student tuition and she receives minimal financial support from the local government.
Each year we send a group of high school seniors from First Community Church to spend a week at the Dominica School and Orphanage in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Learn more about the trip here.
Checks can be made payable to First Community Foundation with “Dominica Fund #51020 ” in the memo line. Please send them to the Business Office 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212. You can also make your donation online.