Fundación De Corazón a Corazón Dominicana (FCACD)

Fundación De Corazón a Corazón is a non-profit organization, legally incorporated in 2007. In 2010, the project Una Mano Amigo was born, with the sole goal of promoting holistic development and growth in the communities that they serve. Their work is focused on vocational education which is completely free, with Cutting and Sewing, Jewelry, Computer, Gardening, Baking and Painting Workshops. In addition, they offer a literacy program for children and adults.

General Information

  • Legal Name: Fundación De Corazón a Corazón Dominicana
  • Acronym: FCACD
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • RNC/Tax ID No: 430061506
  • Geographic Areas: Distrito Nacional, La Altagracia
  • Theme Areas: Community Development, Education
  • Quantity and Type of Beneficiaries:

    Age range: between 8 and 50 years
    Sex: men and women
    Socio-economic level: low, low-middle

The Team

Management Team:

Claudia Sandoval
Project Director

María Walewska Pérez
Project Coordinator

Board Members:

Mariela Vicini

Contact Information

Contact Person

  • Name: María Walewska Pérez
  • Position: Project Coordinator
  • Telephone: Ofic.: (809) 567-5372/ Cel.: (809) 409-2304
  • Email:


  • Type of Organization: Non-Profit Organization
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  • Years of Operation: 8 years
  • Number of Employees: 20
  • Number of Members:
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  • Sources of Funding:

    • Events
    • Private donations
    • Self funding

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Mission: To execute vocational training programs that complement the regular education of children and adolescents in the targeted regions and which, at the same time, offer new possibilities for professional training in artistic fields for adults in these same communities.

Vision: To offer social and economic family development in the communities of El Limón, Villa Padre Nuestro, Bayahibe and Benerito, through initiatives which promote literacy, vocational training of the juvenile population and the implementation of projects that maximize the artistic strengths of the inhabitants, so that in the long run they become self-sustaining.

Primary Programs and Projects

We have four main programs which develop and implement all of the activities of the institution:

Small Talents: Offers children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 16 years the opportunity to learn about jewelry-making, painting, music, cooking, dance, embroidery, fashion, among others. Each semester our students receive jewelry-making, computer, and cutting and sewing classes.

Trade School: offers literate adults between the ages of 16 and 50 the opportunity to learn a trade from which they can maintain themselves and their families. This group receives classes in jewelry-making, computers, cutting and sewing painting, baking and introduction to gardening.

I Am Letters: this is our literacy program in which we teach children who have not been accepted by high schools how to read and write, so they have this skill from an early age and do not arrive to mid-life without the basic knowledge of reading and writing. We also receive adults who have never been to school. Within this program we opened a Homework Lab which has been well-received by the community, and in which we help students who attend regular school but who definitely need reinforcement in areas such as writing, dictation, mathematics, among others.

Teacher Seed Bank: this program is directed at our facilitators as well as to other facilitators in the community. Here we train and teach about new techniques in jewelry-making, fashion, among others. In the same way we reinforce basic areas such as geography and culture in general, with the goal of having them become day-by-day more prepared and in this way teach their students in new and better ways. These classes always are taught by professors and volunteer experts in the different areas.

Expert Comments

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  • This is a small entity which has a large impact on LIMON. They succeed in helping the most vulnerable youth in the community, who also have a great n . . .eed for educational support.

More Expert Comments

  • - They have marvelous literacy programs, and workshops on jewelry-making, baking and large organic gardening.
    - They are great at creating synergie . . .s and collaborating with other entities.
    - They have established important alliances with large hotels, with the goal of having tourists visit their projects and purchase jewelry products created in the workshops. This helps to increase their visibility and propels their fundraising strategies.

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  • They could benefit from a larger donor base.

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