Here are some staggering statistics for the children we serve in the Dominican Republic.
80% of children from the Barrios will end up in either prostitution or drug related "careers" by the age of twelve. Also, 80% of female children will be abused in some way before the age of twelve. DMM is providing a safe haven for these children so that we can break the statistic. Join us in our mission! Internationally, DMM began work in the Dominican Republic August of 2013. Daryl's Music Makers has partnered with Centro de Desarrollo Integral Misioneras held at First Baptist Church of Santiago.
We support a three hour tutoring program for 80 students and five staff members. These students are not allowed to attend public school until noon each day, due to learning deficits and behavior issues. Centro provides 45 minutes of homework help, 45 minutes of character education, 45 minutes of learning to speak the English language and 45 minutes of music lessons, along with lunch for students each day before they are allowed into school. If DMM were not able to support Centro, these children would run the streets of Santiago until noon each day while their parents worked to support them. DMM provides a safe haven for children, and offers a substantial investment into their education & lives.
We look forward to moving into addtional Central American countries beginning April 2015. DMM provides funding for instruments and teachers’ salaries so these children can have a way out of poverty. Each teacher is paid $175.00 per month. Our aim is to provide education and a safe haven for these children before school, and possible future employment through music.