Dominican Republic facts:
The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the island of Hispañiola. Hispañiola is the second largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba. However, while the two countries may share the same island, their cultures are vastly different.
GO Ministries partners with local leaders in the Dominican Republic. We have three major hubs of ministry, one in Santiago, one in Hato del Yaque, and one in Batey Nueve. Those hubs facilitate churches, medical clinics, dormitories for teams, sports outreach, ongoing training, nutrition centers, and Christian schools.
- Population: Nearly 8,800,000 (slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire)
- Language: Spanish
- Government type: Representative Democracy
- Average annual income: $5,600 annually per household
- Industries: tourism, exporting sugar, coffee, tobacco
- Unemployment Rate: 15%
- Average life expectancy: 73 years
- Currency: the peso – fluctuates daily
- State Religion: Catholicism
GO Ministries supports several ministries mostly located in central and northeastern Haiti including seven pastors and churches, seven schools, a nutrition center, and a dormitory to house short-term teams in Phaeton.
GO also works cooperatively with several other mission organizations to help with the relief and restoration efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
- Population: a little over 7,000,000
- Language: French & Creole
- Government type: Elected Government
- Status: Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere
- Poverty: 80% live in abject poverty
- Average annual income: The average annual income per individual is $240
- Unemployment: 50% unemployment rate
- Average life span: under 50 years of age
- Mortality: 50% of children die by the age of 5 (most due to the effects of malnutrition or disease)
- Literacy: 80% of the population is illiterate
- State Religions: Voodoo and Catholicism.