A program that provides education and nutrition for children and advocacy for undocumented children who live in dense barrios or slums of San Pedro de Macorís, in the Dominican Republic. The program serves over 200 children, who have no access to public education or healthcare, and many of whom are not properly documented at birth. As “undocumented” persons they simply do not exist in the system though they are mostly native born. The advocacy effort helps them through the arduous and costly process of obtaining birth certificates. Proyecto Esperanza currently works with two barrios: Barrio Blanco and Villa Orilla.
The program is under the direction of the Bishop Msgr. Francisco Ozoria of the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís and Hermana Religiosa Fraciscana de la Esperanza.