The Batey Rehab Project operates in the Dominican Republic & seeks to uplift the nation’s poorest villages from extreme poverty, work to break the cycle of economic and gender inequality, and end the epidemic of intergenerational domestic violence and human trafficking.
We work to achieve this goal through home construction for the most vulnerable families on the island as well as economic and equational programming for the women & girls in the communities we serve.
Breaking the boundaries of traditional design, our modular architecture uses locally sourced materials, is committed to environmental sustainability, and trains local labor when building each new home in the most impoverished Dominican villages. A base model shelter, customized by the families themselves, our homes are not only the center of family life, but the foundation for a family to create a new life - for themselves and their children - on the island.
As a result of our successful home construction program, we launched the Batey Girls, an economic empowerment program for the women and girls living in our homes. Working alongside local artisans - to magnify the economic impact of our community model - and using the native Larimar gemstone, we train our mentees (many who are victims or at risk of violence and trafficking) to hand craft ethical and unique jewelry. Learn more about the program or shop our collection at BateyGirls.org.
In our short five years in operation we have built over 30 homes, employed over 20 people, impacted over 500 lives and have over 235 volunteers travel to our remote Batey (or village) to help support the families - and work alongside the women & girls - our house building & employment projects support.