Makarios’ primary focus is our school, Colegio Makarios, serving kids from three communities on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
We offer health and education programs for their families and neighbors in the villages, including English classes in the summer, medical and dental clinics once a year, and sports programs during the summer.
Our school is located in Montellano, a city just outside of Puerto Plata and currently has 7 classrooms from Pre-K3 through 6th grade. The students come to school from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. everyday. Kids ages 3-10 learn math, manners, language, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, about God! We hope to add a grade each year we grow through high school. When the children complete our program as teenagers, we work with them to provide vocational training and help them find employment.
While at school, the kids receive two meals, a vitamin, and clean water each day. We have medical care available for each child including daily care from our physician assistant at the school, necessary medication, and doctor visits if needed. A group of American dentists partner with us to provide regular care of our students’ dental needs. The Sponsorship Program is what allows our school to function with the majority of our school expenses being covered by those partnership donations.