Our work in Constanza, Dominican Republic has been like throwing stones in the water and seeing ripples of change. In this rural area on the outstreets of Constanza, there was no school for the children to attend. The daily wages came from working in the fields, collecting garbage in the dump or prostitution. Children helped bring income by shining shoes, washing cars or selling candy. As they got older, and without an education, they were forced to follow their parents’ footsteps to earn a wage.
I met Pastor Angel Moreta in 2011. He and his wife, Jackeline, moved to Constanza in 2000 and saw the lack of education and little hope for the future. In the year 2000 they started praying for a school. In 2011, Lifetouch was looking for a location for our next Memory Mission. We had never worked in the Dominican Republic. When we went to visit Pastor Moreta and the Constanza community, we fell in love with the children.
Over the course of the last 8 years, we have worked alongside the community and helped build two schools, a vocational school, and helped establish a home for teenage moms. There are ripples of change happening within families and the community.
One single mom, who had been a prostitute has now received her education and is a teacher at the Cecaini school. Her daughter is now in college studying…