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  • Population: 10.24 M
  • Total GDP: 59.429 B
  • GDP per person: $9,800
  • Orphans: 578,000

Dominican Republic

Retail Is Making A HUGE Difference


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Join us in the Dominican Republic

November 7 - 12, 2015
This trip will be to service and help refresh a computer lab for a school of over 300 children. It will be a mixture of work and play with the kids as well as a vision trip on how RetailROI can help the school to the next level. Learn more here

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"¡Muchas gracias por las computadoras!" The interpreter translated the young boy’s fast little hand movements into words.

I struggled with high school Spanish, but understood enough to reply "De nada." Having never learned sign language, I awkwardly struggled even more with the sign for "You’re welcome."

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Imagine growing up in a slum, fighting for your food, for your very life, only to be sickened by the water you drink. Imagine being sold into prostitution by your own mother when you were only 9 years old. Imagine being abused and mistreated for reasons you can’t understand because you’re deaf, and locals have been told that you were cursed and had no soul. These are just a few of the profound challenges faced by the poorest of the poor - the children - of the Dominican Republic.

Education is crucial to fighting poverty and creating social and economic development in a country. In the DR, with more than 40% of the population living in poverty, educational opportunities and resources are scarce. Since 1997, Vision Trust has been working to improve that statistic, and to provide opportunity for the children of the DR. Starting with one preschool, Vision Trust has grown to serve over 1,600 Dominican children in 11 different projects. Three of those projects were done in partnership with RetailROI.

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