Fundación para el Desarrollo Comunitario, Save the Children Dominicana, Inc. (Save the Children Dominicana)

Save the Children is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. Established in the United Kingdom in 1919, Save the Children seeks to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts. Save the Children began its work in the Dominican Republic in 1972, in the Community of Loma de Cabrera near the Haitian border. In 1976, Fundación para el Desarrollo Comunitario (FUDECO), also known as Save the Children Dominicana, Inc., was established, and today has projects in eight Dominican provinces.

General Information

The Team

Management Team:

Horacio Ornes Heded
Founder President (†)

Alba Rodriguez
Executive Director

Yhamminha Dickson
Communication and Fundraising Manager

Aneliya Nikolova
Planning and Development Manager

Alba Rodríguez
Programming Operations Manager

Gladys Tejada
Financial and Administrative Manager

Board Members:

Antonio Espaillat, President
Campos de Moya, Vice President
Camilo Suero, Secretary
Andrés Ferrer, Treasurer
Iliana Ornes, Vocal
Cristina Cadenas, Vocal
Juan Tomás Díaz, Vocal

Contact Information

Contact Person

  • Name: Yhamminha Dickson
  • Position: Communications and Fundraising Manager
  • Telephone: (829) 762 -5450
  • Email:


  • Type of Organization: Non-Profit Organization
  • International Affiliations:

    Save the Children International
    Save the Children Association

  • Years of Operation: Since 1976 – 39 years
  • Number of Employees: 27
  • Number of Members: 64
  • Number of Volunteers:


  • Sources of Funding:

    Corporate Donations
    Individual Donations
    Funds from International Organizations
    Member Dues

  • Products/Services:


  • Total Income: USD$ 1,127,943.94 (2013)
  • Total Expenses: USD$ 813,325.15 (2013)


Mission: To inspire new paths in the ways that the world treats children and to obtain immediate and permanent change in their lives.

Vision: A world in which every boy and girl has the right to life, protection, development and participation.

Values: Accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, integrity.

Primary Programs and Projects

The Organization has four (4) offices in the country:

•Area 1 Impact Office: Santiago de la Cruz, Loma de Cabrera Municipality, Dajabón Province. Located on the northeastern frontier with Haiti, from this office projects in the Dajabón, Santiago Rodríguez and Monte Crist Provinces are handled.

•Area II Impact Office: Cruce de Matayaya, Las Matas de Farfán Municipality, San Juan de la Maguana Province. Located on the center-western border, from this office projects in the Elías Piña and San Juan de la Maguana Provinces are handled.

•Area III Impact Office: Consuelo, Consuelo Municipality, San Pedro de Macorís Providence. Located on the southeast coast, from this office projects in the San Pedro de Macorís, Hato Mayor, Monte Plata and La Altagracia Provinces are handled.

Save the Children Dominicana has a strong commitment to children — that their rights and needs are fulfilled. The focus on human development and on Children’s Rights drives its strategy on the four principles that govern the Convention of Children’s Rights, as well as the Theory of Change of Save the Children.
The Theory of Change of Save the Children demonstrates the four principal elements of its common identity: dedication to motivating children through innovation, developing new solutions to the problems confronting children; serving as their voice, advocating for best practices and policies so that their rights are respected, hearing them and promoting their participation; the obtaining of results on a grand scale, supporting the effective implementation of best practices, programs and policies for children, which in turn assures a sustainable impact on a grand scale; and the formation of alliances with other civil society organizations, communities, governments and the private sector to share knowledge and develop capacity in order to attain respect for children’s rights.

From this perspective, we work on the PARTICIPATION of all members of the community, especially of children, WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION due to gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, nationality: focusing on the response to their basic need for rights in order to guarantee the stability on the side of DEVELOPMENT AND SURVIVAL, and taking into account the SUPERIOR INTEREST OF THE CHILD in each of these actions.

Basic Education Program focusing on Literacy.
Strategic Objective:
Disadvantaged children receive an inclusive basic education of good quality that guarantees their learning.
Save the Children Dominicana promotes the right of all children to a quality learning environment, promoting literacy and a healthy learning environment in preschool and primary school. As part of this strategy, the action plan for 2016 seeks to promote literacy as a primordial focus to ensure that children develop the necessary habits to make a successful transition to the second year of the basic cycle. The program offers special support to children with learning difficulties, with the goal of reducing the rates of over-aged students, repetition and desertion.

Integral Development Program of Adolescents with a Focus on a Reduction in Teen Pregnancies
Strategic Objective:
Increase in education about sexual and reproductive health for very young adolescents, within prioritized geographic regions.
Within the framework of the adolescent development program, Save the Children Dominicana develops projects that have as their goal a reduction in pregnancies at an early age through awareness and education activities, centered not only on the learning of theoretical concepts about sexual and reproductive health, but also on the promotion of of the development of life habits for adolescents.
The program seeks to reduce the barriers and causes of desertion through education and awareness activities that stimulate critical habits in the life of young people. The program works with the Parents and Friends of School Associations, parents and citizens, and with the personnel of the educational center in order to stimulate interest by young people in their education and to provide them with the necessary support to guarantee a good learning experience.

Governance of Children’s Rights Program
Strategic Objective:
A society where transparent, inclusive, responsible, and sensible govern-ability/governance ensures the rights of every child, and where each one of them has a voice. The Govern-ability of Children’s Rights program has as its principal focus to make the population more aware of children’s rights through the formation of promotion groups for respect for rights, promoting knowledge of and compliance with the Code for the Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents, which has as its general objective to guarantee the fundamental rights of all children and adolescents in the country.
The organization also forms a part of the promoting group of the Inter institutional Table of Investment Coordination in Childhood, which is comprised of actors from civil society, government, and the private sector, which will promote actions of political involvement in the budgets of ministers and local authorities to foment compliance with children’s rights.

Early childhood Development and Care Program
Strategic Objective:
Early childhood in disadvantageous situations has access to quality care and early development in order to successfully move to basic education.
The Save the Children Dominicana program for the care and development of early childhood encompasses all of the essential assistance that a child needs to survive, as well as family and community support that promotes healthy development and growth of children.
The Save the Children Dominicana strategy aligns with the National Plan for Early Childhood and its Quisqueyat It Starts with You Program, led by the National Institute for Integral Attention to Early Childhood, in order to support government initiatives to provide integral protection and attention, amplifying existing services and generating mobilization and awareness programs in favor of the prioritization of the protection of early childhood at all levels.

Transverse Strategies:
As a transverse tenet and following up on the implementation of the National Route Sheet for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence Against Children and Adolescents, Save the Children Dominicana establishes the protection of childhood as a transverse tenet of its programming. Save the Children Dominicana works for protection in two aspects: through the promotion of actions directed at governments, international organizations and government embassies; and through community based projects, centered specifically on protection from all forms of child violence and mistreatment.

Risk Management of Disasters (RMD) and Humanitarian Relief
Due to its geographic location and diverse social and economic factors, the Dominican Republic is exposed to a great number of natural or man-made threats, which put the population at risk, espcially children. This is why Save the Children Dominicana contemplates RMD and an eventual humanitarian response as a key component of these transverse tenets.

Specifically, in RMD all projects include prevention, mitigation, and response actions. In the area of emergency response, because of its humanitarian mandate, Save the Children Dominicana acts as a conduit of resources (human, logistical and financial) and implementer of response actions with a focus on childhood, in coordination with the National Emergency Commission and international humanitarian response and coordination organizations, In a proactive manner and ensuring the protection of children during emergencies, Save the Children Dominicana has intervened in the areas most effected by natural phenomenon such as Hurricane George (1998), Tropical Storms Noel and Olga (2007)and the Haitian earthquake (2010), in the direct response phase as well as that of post-disaster recuperation.

With the goal of gradually influencing public policy and related improvements in the assignment of resources with a focus on children, Save the Children Dominicana develops multiple intervention actions, both within its programs and projects (specifically with municipal authorities), as well as at the national level in alliance with other social actors. At the national level, through the active participation of forum like the Coalition of NGOs for Children, the Inter-institutional Table for Public Investment, the Early Childhood Table, Alianza ONG and the Forum of Risk Management, Save the Children Dominicana supports and develops advocacy projects towards the Dominican Sate in favor of compliance with and guarantee of the rights of children, its participation in decision-making forum and the improvement of child investment and protection systems.

Save the Children Dominicana is working on the following programs in 2015:


1. Education. Bic and Save the Children have united for the launch of the Everyone To Class with Bic and Save the Children Campaign – We Will Leave No Child Out! The principal objective of the program is to increase awareness and knowledge about, and to decrease the alarming índices of, the alarming situation in which the Right to Education finds itself in the lives of children in the Dominican Republic. The campaign consisst of the sale of three types of school kits.


1. San Juan de la Maguana.
Education, Health and School Nutrition
2. Dajabón.
Health Program ESN (School, Health and Nutrition)
3. San Pedro de Macorís.
Development: Health and disaster prevention, education, and protection of the environment programs
4. Santo Domingo and Dajabón.
Institutional and Children’s Rights Strengthening

In 2014, Save the Children Dominicana completed the following programs:

1. Impact Area: Dajabón:

Education Program
Donor: Save the Children United States
General Objective: Children and adolescents enjoy a quality educational environment inside and outside of school
Specific Objective: The level of literacy is improved in the basic cycle through Literacy Boost methodology and Health and School Nutriition is promoted in 10 communities in the Dajabón Province.
Execution Period: January 2014- December

Governance Program
Donor: Save the Children Norway
General Objective: Public investment in children in the Dominican Republic allows children and adolescents to fully enjoy their rights.
Specific Objective: Local governments promote the participation of children and adolescents in forum for dialogue and decisión-making to ensure a better and bigger investment in children.
Execution Period: Janurary 2014 – December 2014

Environment Program
Donor: Australian Embassy in Mexico
General Objective: The effects of climate change are reduced along the Artibonito River Basin in the frontier zone between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Specific Objective: Environmental conservation and the change of use of soil in the Dajabón and Elías Piña Provinces.
Execution Period: September 2013 – Febrruary 2014

Health, Nutrition and Education Program
Donor: German Embassy
General Objetive: The health of children and adolescents from rural communities is improved through access to balanced nutrition.
Specific Objective: School nutirition is improved in the community of El Aguacate through the installation of a school vegetable garden.
Execution Period: December 2014

2. Impact Area: El Tamarindo, Santo Domingo Este.

Education Program
Donor: Fundación ADEMI
General Objective: Children enjoy an environment free of violence inside and outside of their homes
Specific Objective: The vulnerability of children and adolescents is reduced through extra-curricular educational programs in the Centro Campos de Sueños de Manny Mota in el Tamarindo.
Execution Period: May 2014 – April 2015

3. Impact Area: San Pedro de Macorís

Community Development Program
Donor: EGE Haina
General Objective: The quality of life of children and their families is improved in sugar cane communities in the Province of San Pedro de Macorís.
Specific Objective: The residents of the communities of Hoyo del Toro and Monte Largo enjoy a better living standard through health, income generation, education and community mobilization programs.
Execution Period: September 2014 – March 2015

Health, Nutrition and Education Program
Donot: Unilever
General Objective: The health and education level of school-aged children is improved.
Specific Objective: The se of nutrition and higiene services is improved, as well as the higiene practices in the schools.
Execution Period: August 2014 – December 2014

Community Development Program
Donor: Fundación Coca Cola
General Objective: The vulnerability of children and adolescents to become involved in child labor is reduced.
Specific Objective: A safe environment for children of the communities and bateye
Donor: Luna Tours s
is fomented through support to the local economy.
Execution Period: September 2014 – April 2015

4. Impact Zone: Higüey

Security Program
General Objective: To promote a safe and secure school environment in rural areas.
Specific Objective: The risk of disasters is reduced and school nutrition is improved in the Escuela San Zenón Santana located in El Bonao de Higüey.
Execution Period: June 2014 – September 2014

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  • This organization has been a pioneer in community development and education for children in remote and vulnerable areas.

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  • Founded and lead by its Director Horacio Ornes for more than 30 years, its tireless work has been a development model in the country. Many children a . . .nd families have been able to improve the quality of their lives because of Save the Children Dominicana projects.

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  • The loss of its Director left an important hole and the big challenge is to maintain the excellence for which Save the Children has always been known. . . .

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