The vision for a church home in Luperón, Dominican Republic started all the way back in 2005 by church leader, Silvia Guzman. After major financial and economic hardships, the future of the church home seemed all but lost. At times, her dream felt unreachable. Nearly a decade after its beginning, the Lord led Silvia and her ministry to reach out to Kinship United. With our ministries combined, Kinship United has been able to fulfill Silvia’s vision – construction is complete and kids are ready to come home!
In October of 2015, the Cayacoa Kinship Home was officially dedicated and its surrounding community has been forever changed. Parentless, homeless children now have a place to call home with their new, extended church-family. Cayacoa Home symbolizes hope, faith, and togetherness – the essence of Kinship. Your gifts to this home solidify a child’s sense of safety, support, and love, in ways that they may have never experienced before. Help support ongoing needs – school costs, food, and continuous clean water access – with a monthly donation!
We hope that you join us sometime on a medical mission trip working in travelling clinics or on a vision trip to the Dominican Republic. You will be able to witness the ministry and watch this amazing Kinship Home grow, revive its village, and restore so many childhoods.
Learn About Dominican Republic
- Hola! Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, so make sure you greet others with a Spanish hello!
- Baseball is the most popular sport in the country, with more than 100 playing for US baseball teams.
- The Dominican Republic is the only country with a Bible on the flag with 95% of the population identifying as Roman Catholic.
- Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Santo Domingo is the first and oldest capital city in the Western Hemisphere!
- Dominican Republic shares an island with Haiti, which is referred to as Hispaniola.
10,478,756 – That’s in an area about the size of New Hampshire and Vermont combined!
200,000 estimated orphans living in Dominican Republic
There are an estimated 720 Haitian refugees living in Dominican Republic with an additional 200,000 stateless people
Dominican Republic has had a high flow of people coming in to the country illegally from Haiti in search of work, contributing to the already high number of Dominican Republic people in search of work as well as tense feelings beginning to develop. Dominican Republic has a strong relationship with Puerto Rico and many are leaving in search of work there.
Statistics sourced from CIA World Factbook and USAID